Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has put himself forward as the best option to lead the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the next general election.
This, he asserted is underpinned by his sacrifices for the party, especially in the wake of an election petition in 2012. According to him, at that time when the party was in need of a witness, most of the party members gave excuses but he availed himself knowing very well the implications.
Dr. Bawumia explained that he stands the best chance to “break the 8” for the NPP.
“Most of our members were giving excuses when the party was in need of a witness for the 2012 general election petition at the Supreme Court. I sacrificed my political career for the party, knowing very well the implications ahead if I don’t deliver well in court.”
“The excuses were many, some claimed they were traveling and all that because they were scared to put their political career on the line, but I stood my ground, I’m the best person to lead the party,” he said during an interaction with delegates of the party in Ashanti Region.
The Vice President’s desire to contest for the presidency has come under intense scrutiny. Many including experts have cast doubt on his competence having examined his performance as the Vice President.
On many occasions, he has faltered during the country’s economic downturn. The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and even some of his party colleagues have said that he has nothing more to offer.
However, others within the NPP have also placed the former minister for trade and industry, Alan John Kwadwo Kyeremanten forward as the best option for the party to “break the 8.”
According to the Member of Parliament for Mpraeso Constituency, Davis Ansah Opoku, the party needs a new face to challenge the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama. A new face, he said would help easily defeat their opponent.
“I am campaigning for Alan Kyeremanten. I strongly believe that he’s the best person to lead. There’s one thing that we all must know in politics; people’s sacrifices must be rewarded.
“In 2007, when this party was at the crossroads in Legon, Alan singlehandedly took a decision and said that he was not going to contest a second round of the election and that he would allow his elder brother, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to contest. That was the highest or the height of a political sacrifice that I’ve seen.
“So for me, I feel that people have served. John Mahama has done 8 years at the presidency, Dr. Bawumia has done 8 years at the presidency and there’s the need for a new face for Ghanaians. For me, I believe that if the NPP were to go into the next election with a new face against John Mahama who has served 8 years at the presidency, we’ll be able to defeat John Mahama easily,” he said on JoyNews’ AM show on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the vetting of aspirants is still underway and will end on July 10. So far, 10 aspirants have gone through the process.
The party will finally elect its flagbearer on November 4.