May 27, 2024

Senior research fellow at the Kumasi Technical University (KTU) Dr Smart Sarpong, has said that it is completely clear in the political space and within NPP that most of the candidates in the presidential race are not serious in their campaign and are likely not to make it to the top 5 in the super delegates conference come August 26.

Speaking in an interview with Kumasi-based Wontumi TV/Radio, Mr Sarpong commended the Vice President Dr Alhaji Mahammudu Bawumia, Former Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen, Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong, Kwabena Agyepong and the former Agric Minister, Dr. Afriyie Akoto for the great efforts they have made the campaign trail.

He said some of the candidates couldn’t connect to all the delegates in the 16 regions within the first round of campaign while others too couldn’t get endorsement and blessings from their traditional leaders in their Regions
“Getting the 5 will not be a problem, we witnessed how the vice president Dr Bawumia who visited the whole constituencies in person, Alan Kyeremanten who successfully had his first round of consultation with chiefs and market places to demonstrate their determination.

“Kennedy Agyapong and some others will make it easier for the party to select the 5 candidates . The rest should go back to the drawing board, correct their mistakes and come back again” He opined.
Dr Sarpong was firm in his opinion and contended that “Some of the aspirants have not shown much seriousness in the process”, he added

Dr Sarpong disclosed that “Dr Bawumia, Alan Kyeremanten, and Kennedy Agyapong brighter chance of being among the list of qualifiers.

In Dr Akoto’s case, he said the selection strategy the former Agric Minister has adopted by being selective in targeting a segment of the 900 delegates can help him to clear the bar to qualify for the next round.
He applauded the former NPP general secretary, Kwabena Agyepong for the giant strides he has made, predicting that he could be among the first 5 that will be selected

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