The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, is reportedly preparing to compete for the flagbearer position of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2024 elections.
Dr Bawumia’s campaign vehicles, adorned with NPP colours, have been spotted in town, and billboards featuring his image are expected to be erected soon.
Although Dr Bawumia has not publicly declared his candidacy, his campaign posters have already circulated on social media.
The Vice President recently told the Majority caucus in Parliament of his intention to contest the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential primary in November this year.
The gathering which was hung on May 2, 2023 saw most of the NPP Individuals from Parliament (MPs) supporting the move by the VP.
His introduction to the race brings to nine wannabes who have shown interest including Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, previous Clergyman of Exchange and Industry, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, previous Clergyman of Food and Horticulture, Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin Focal Body electorate in the Focal District and Francis Addai-Nimoh, a previous MP for Mampong.
The rest are Joe Ghartey, MP for Essikado-Ketan Constituency in the Western Region, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, former General Secretary of NPP, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, former Minister of NEPAD and Regional Integration and Boakye Agyarko, former Minister of Energy.
Nominations for the parliamentary race will be accepted between December 20, 2023 and January 4, 2024 and the nomination period for the presidential primary will begin on May 26 and end on June 24, 2023.
Dr Bawumia is considered by many as the favourite to succeed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2024 but must beat off stiff competition from three-time runner Mr Kyerematen who resigned in January this year to focus on his presidential ambition.
According to Vice President, Dr Bawumia he would contest the NPP’s flagbearer race and he was prepared to lead the party to break the eight years of political party cycle.