The term "showdown" has gained prominence in Ghanaian political discourse, particularly within the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), after events of the NPP Super Delegates Conference.
During the conference, Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central and one of the NPP's presidential aspirants, threatened to give President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia a "showdown" when his polling agent was reportedly attacked.
This term has now found its way into the vocabulary of many politicians, including Vice President Dr. Bawumia, who recently used it in a statement addressing the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Speaking at a meeting with NPP delegates in the Nkwanta South Constituency in the Oti Region, Vice President Bawumia expressed his determination to give the NDC and its flagbearer, John Mahama, a "showdown" in the Volta Region.
"If I contest, I will pull more votes for the NPP in the Volta Region as well, and that will mean that all the strongholds of the NDC will be shaken.
“This accounts for their fear of Dr. Bawumia because they fully appreciate that if I am the candidate for the NPP, I will give the NDC a showdown," Dr. Bawumia stated.
Nana Akomea, the Chief Executive of the State Transport Company (STC) also borrowed the term "showdown" during a panel discussion on Peace FM's “Kokrokoo” morning show.
"Ken has made the word “showdown” very popular...but you know, Dr. Bawumia has turned it against the NDC.
“We've turned the showdown against the NDC, which is the way it should be, and it's so interesting," Nana Akomea remarked.
Nana Akomea further expressed confidence that Dr. Bawumia would give Kennedy Agyapong a proper "showdown" in the NPP primaries scheduled for November 4, 2023.
"We will give him (Kennedy Agyapong) a showdown," Nana Akomea emphasized.