Alan Kyeremanten, a former stalwart of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who is now running as an independent candidate for the 2024 general elections, has expressed his thoughts on Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s victory in the NPP presidential primary.
Kyeremanten attributed his departure from the party to Bawumia, claiming that the party’s influential figures manipulated the system to ensure his victory in the primaries, which was evident on November 4.
While extending his congratulations to Vice President Bawumia for being chosen as the NPP’s flagbearer, Kyerematen emphasized that this outcome was widely anticipated. He highlighted that the electoral process seemed to have been strategically and tactically skewed in favor of a particular candidate, as evidenced by the primary results.
“Whilst using this opportunity to congratulate His Excellency the Vice President on taking over the mantle of leadership in the NPP, his selection as flagbearer is not a surprise to any serious political watcher. It was the widely anticipated outcome of the elections. I had been saying all along that the electoral process had been strategically and tactically skewed in favour of a particular candidate. That is what we saw on Saturday,” Mr Kyerematen said in an interview with the Daily Ghanaian Guide.
Kyerematen also raised questions about the margin of victory, noting that the Vice President’s 60% vote share, although substantial, might indicate that he lacks complete control over the ruling NPP.
“Judging from the widely publicized expected margin of not less than 80% in favour of the Vice President, I am inclined to think that the 60% vote for him provides a clear indication that the Vice President does not have total control of his own Party. The election results must also be analysed against the background that the Vice President has been campaigning for the Flagbearership since 2020 and has been the beneficiary of both State and Party sponsored support.”
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia emerged as the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flagbearer for the 2024 election with 61.43% of valid votes cast on November 4, 2023.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the Assin Central MP, kept his promise of delivering a “showdown” by finishing second place with 37.41%, while Francis Addai Nimoh and Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto came in last and third , respectively.