President Akufo-Addo has openly acknowledged the prevailing economic challenges faced by the nation, while expressing his confidence that the upcoming leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), if elected in 2024, will offer the best opportunity for Ghana’s recovery and the complete resolution of these issues.
Following his participation in the Special Electoral College process on August 26, during which he cast his vote to select the 2024 NPP presidential candidate, President Akufo-Addo emphasized his willingness to acknowledge the severity of the economic circumstances experienced by Ghanaians.
He stated, “Recognizing the difficulty of the situation is essential. I have iterated this sentiment on numerous occasions. Ultimately, when the time arrives, Ghanaians will carefully consider the most effective means to extricate ourselves from these challenges and propel our nation forward. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is poised to fulfill that role.”
The President viewed the flagbearership competition as a crucial step in addressing the ongoing economic struggles faced by the nation.
Some analysts perceive his statements as an understated endorsement of his Vice President, the esteemed economist Mahamudu Bawumia. This interpretation posits that President Akufo-Addo regards his Vice President as highly capable of guiding the country into its next phase after 2024, once his own two constitutional terms conclude.
Vice President Bawumia took a significant stride towards securing the presidential candidacy for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) on August 26, emerging as the clear victor in the party’s special electoral college.
Official results released by the Electoral Commission indicate that Bawumia secured 629 votes, constituting 68.15% of the total valid votes cast across the 17 centers, securing the lead.
Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, secured second place with 132 votes (14.3%). Alan Kyerematen, the former Minister of Trade, followed with a total of 95 votes (10.29%). In fourth place was former Minister of Agriculture Owusu Afriyie Akoto, garnering 36 votes (3.9%). Francis Addai-Nimoh and Boakye Agyarko both garnered nine votes each (0.98%), necessitating a runoff for the fifth position.
Across 17 polling centers in Ghana, 955 delegates participated in the voting process, narrowing down the initial pool of ten candidates to five. The final primary ballot, scheduled for November 4, will involve the top five NPP contenders. This primary will determine the flagbearer for the 2024 elections.
— JoyNews (@JoyNewsOnTV) August 26, 2023