Kwabena Agyapong, a former General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who is running for president, has expressed his opposition to the candidacy of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in the upcoming party flagbearer race. Ten candidates, including Dr. Bawumia and Kennedy Agyepong, are vying for the NPP’s presidential nomination.
In an interview on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme, Mr. Agyapong argued that it has been 16 years since President Nana Akufo-Addo appointed Dr. Bawumia as his running mate, and that it’s time for a change of leadership in the party. He believes that the NPP needs fresh ideas and new leadership to move forward.
“They have been there for sixteen solid years as a ticket . . . sixteen years is a very long time in politics, that is why there are termed offices in presidency which is two terms. And now there are great majority of the party people who feel we need a drastic departure from the statue quo . . . we need a new lease of life for the party and also the country, a new dawn, a new face, new ideas, a new team that can restore the confidence of the party grassroots,” he said.
“This is a very important landmark; a watershed election because no one has got a third term before. And right now, we need a leader who can restore the confidence of the party, the grass roots. We need a set of clean hands that will inspire the confidence of Ghanaians in us. It’s very important, that is why there is a need for a drastic departure from the status quo. In my honest opinion, an extension of the status quo will not enhance our chances.
“The party needs a change. After sixteen (16) solid years of that leadership, there is the need for a change; a new freshness that can go and engage the Ghanaian people and especially our party base…I think it will enhance our chances of winning in 2024,” he told host Kwame Sefa Kayi.
Mr. Agyapong also called on President Akufo-Addo and other party leaders to ensure that the party’s presidential race is conducted fairly and that all candidates have an equal opportunity to compete. He emphasized the importance of a level playing field for the sake of the party’s unity and success in the upcoming general elections.