The spokesperson for the Alan Kyeremanten campaign team Richard Nyamah has warned that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) risks being split if the leadership of the party goes ahead to organize a centralized super delegates election.
Mr Nyamah accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Government of pushing for a decentralized election so as to be able to manipulate the election in favor of the ‘establishment’ candidate, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, insisting that having the super delegates election at the regional level ( decentralized) makes no economic or logistical sense.
Speaking in an interview with Starr FM, Mr Nyamah noted that the Alan Kyeremanten camp will fiercely resist the move to a decentralized election for a mere 860 super delegates when higher numbers have in the recent past been all brought to one location for elections.
“It organizing a decentralized super delegates election] is an attempt by the Government and the establishment to ensure and whip the party and everybody to ensure that the delegates are paid to vote in one line. And we’re saying that we will resist it. If the Government and the President think that the party is for one person, we are telling them that it is taken today. If they go ahead with the decision, they will be splitting the party. And it will be on his head as the President of the Republic of Ghana and the current leader of the NPP. We’re telling him that,” he told journalist Francis Abban.
Mr Nyamah stressed that out of the ten aspirants to the flagbearership position, nine of them have indicated their preference for a centralized super delegates election while only Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia wants a centralized election.
Other aspirants notably Kennedy Ohene Agyapong have indicated their preference for a decentralized election.
The NPP will hold a super delegates election on August 28th August 2023 to prune down the number of aspirants to five.
According to Article 13 (9) of the party’s constitution, a Special Electoral College will play a pivotal role in this process. The Electoral College will comprise the National Council, National Executive Committee, Regional Executive Committees, National Council of Elders, Members of Parliament from the NPP, representatives from special party organs, past national officers, representatives from external branches, founding members who registered the party, and party card-bearing Ministers.