Former President John Mahama on Tuesday filed his nomination forms to contest the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer election.
A month after picking the nomination form, the campaign manager of the former President in the 2020 elections, Professor Joshua Alabi, led a team to submit the completed forms on behalf of Mr Mahama at the party’s headquarters in Accra.
He was accompanied by party bigwigs such as a former Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr Valerie Sawyerr, the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije; the immediate past Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Boamah Otokunor.
The General Secretary of the party, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, received the completed nomination forms, giving an indication that the former president had cleared that hurdle and could now prepare for vetting.
He was flanked by members of the election management committee, led by Kakra Essamuah, who doubles as the Communications Director of the party.
The former president was scheduled to file his nomination at 1 p.m., but about an hour to the time, the roads leading to the NDC party’s headquarters at Adabraka were blocked.
Police officers were positioned at strategic locations to redirect traffic and maintain order.
Hundreds of party supporters massed up outside the headquarters amid singing, chanting of slogans and dancing to NDC songs.
It was a bustling scene inside the premises of the headquarters as the mammoth crowd struggled to get into the conference hall where the election management committee was seated to receive the completed nomination forms.
And when the Campaign Manager of the former President in the 2020 election, Prof. Joshua Alabi arrived, the area was electrified with the crowd screaming their lungs out.
They shouted slogans such as “Mu y3 y3 y3 a, JM beba”, to wit, come rain, or shine, JM will come.
After inspecting the nomination forms and certifying the documents, the General Secretary, who was flanked by the election management team, accepted the forms, indicating that the former President had cleared that hurdle.
JM is best bet
Shortly after submitting the forms, Prof. Alabi spoke to journalists and gave the assurance that former President would win the primaries by 99 per cent.
“If JM gets 51 per cent, he has won ; 60 per cent, he has won; 70 per cent, he has won; 80 or 90 per cent, he has won; but we want 99.9 per cent to send a strong signal to our political opponents that our party is solidly united behind JM,” he said.
He called on all members of the party to rally round the former president because he had the capacity to win the 2024 election.
Prof. Alabi said the 2024 election was not going to be won on a silver platter, which was why the party needed to unite around their best candidate to win the polls and form the next government.
He called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure fairness and transparency in the electoral process.
“We do not want to cheat our way into power, so we will not allow anyone to cheat us too. We are calling on the EC to be firm and balanced in its dealings, without playing one party against the other. Give all of us a fair play field, that is all we want,” he stressed.
We control one-third of NPP; No major decision can be taken without consulting us – Ken Agyapong
Assin Central Member of Parliament Kennedy Agyapong says his performance at the just-ended New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential primary shows that he is a force to be reckoned with and that no major decision can be taken by the party without consulting him.
Mr. Agyapong made the comments on Saturday, November 11, during a “Showdown” Thanksgiving party organized for his supporters and coordinators during the NPP presidential primary campaign.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia won the presidential primary with 118,210 votes, representing 61.47%, while his closest contender, Mr Agyapong, polled 71,996 votes, representing 37.41%.
Speaking at the party, Mr Agyapong thanked his campaign team and said that he was “underestimated” ahead of the primary.
“They underestimated us, but we’ve proven to them that we now control one-third of the NPP,” Mr. Agyapong said. “No major decision will be taken without consulting us.”
Mr. Agyapong added that he had been underestimated by many, including a pastor who predicted that his best performance would be 16%.
“There was this pastor who even said if I get more than 16 percent, he [pastor] should be killed,” Mr. Agyapong said. “But today, I am praying for that pastor, that God should grant him long life and he should not die soon.”
The showdown Thanksgiving party brought together in Accra all coordinators of Mr. Agyapong from every region in Ghana.
Bawumia wins NPP presidential primary with 61.43% of total valid votes cast
The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has been elected to lead the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Election 2024 as flagbearer.
It had been predicted Bawumia was going to win with a larger margin but as promised, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong gave him a “showdown”.
Ken Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central came second with 37.41%.
Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto came third with 0.76% while Francis Addai Nimoh was last with 0.41%.
#NPPDecides: New poll predicts Bawumia’s dominance in 8 key regions
The Institute of Research Innovation & Development at Kumasi Technical University, in its latest poll, has disclosed that Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia stands a greater chance of winning the upcoming New Patritoc Party (NPP) flagbearer race as he will most likely secure an overwhelming victory in eight regions.
Ahead of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential primaries on Saturday, November 4, many researchers have tipped Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as leading the race, with Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong being his closest contender.
The latest to conduct a poll on the upcoming election is the Institute of Research Innovation & Development at Kumasi Technical University.
The director of the Institute, who is the lead researcher for the poll, Prof. Smart Sarpong, in an interview with Citi News, disclosed that 15,595 NPP delegates were engaged.
He noted that the key components considered among the four aspirants were who is the most unifying, who has the most visible leadership qualities, who is most likely to break the “8,” as well as non-policy factors such as religion and ethnicity were taken into account.
Prof. Smart Sarpong disclosed that 71.1% of the respondents said Dr. Bawumia has a higher chance of breaking the “8,” while 26.8% of them stated that Kennedy Agyapong stands a better chance of breaking the “8.” 1.8% and 0.3% chose Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto and Mr. Addai Nimo, respectively.
69.9% also described Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as the most unifying, whereas 19.4% said Kennedy Agyapong is the most unifying. In terms of being the most unifying, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto had 8.5%, while Francis Addai Nimo had 2.2%.
In terms of being the aspirant with the most visible leadership qualities, 70.5% of the delegates engaged chose Dr. Bawumia, and 19.4% mentioned Mr. Kennedy Agyapong. 8.1% and 2.0% of the delegates chose Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto and Addai Nimo, respectively.
With respect to how religion or ethnocentrism can influence the choice of vote, 13.4% said religion would be taken into consideration, while 86.4% said they would not consider religion. 13.8% of the delegates said they would strongly consider ethnicity, while 86.2% said they would not consider one’s ethnic background before voting for them. 97.1% noted they would take into account the past record of each person before voting for them, while 2.9% said that factor would not be considered.
Out of the 16 regions and the one national headquarters, Prof. Smart Sarpong revealed that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has a commanding lead in eight (8) regions with an average of 81.9%.
“Out of these 17 clusters (the 16 regions and the NPP national headquarters), I see 8 of the clusters being already decided. The Vice President has taken a very good lead. Those regions include; North East, Northern region, Upper East and Upper West, Ashanti, Bono, Eastern, and Volta.”
Prof. Smart Sarpong further noted that their research predicts that the election would be open in five regions, as none of the aspirants has a clear lead.
He, however, noted that the work the aspirants put in a few days before the election could change the dynamics.
“It is 50/50 for any aspirant who works extra harder. Those 5 regions include the Western region, Savannah region, BonoEast region, the party headquarters, and Western North.”
The research also showed that Mr. Kennedy Agyapong could have a clear lead in four other regions if he works harder, as he is leading with an average of 49.6%.
“The following regions have the potential of going for Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong. They are likely going to go for him. It doesn’t mean he should go to sleep on them. He should try and consolidate whatever gains he has in these four regions. So, Hon. Ken and the team, Oti region, Greater Accra region, Central region, and Ahafo region.”
Reacting to the latest poll, the spokesperson of the Kennedy Agyapong campaign team in the Ashanti region, William Kusi, insists that despite the research stating that their candidate is not strong enough in the Ashanti region, their own poll states otherwise.
“Our candidate, for instance, has combed the whole country, and we as a campaign team have also done a lot of work, especially in the Ashanti region. We have heard of the sponsored polls that have come out and are giving Dr. Bawumia the lead, but we disagree because on the ground, we are far ahead.
For instance, our internal polls suggest that we are going to have 75-80 percent support in the Ashanti region. So, when I heard of the polls from the one who always fails, Ben Ephson, for instance, I was like, what is happening? Smart Sarpong at the regional level did so well with his polls. It was accurate, but he is getting it wrong this time,” he said.