Finally, the NPP Delegates have spoken in their National Delegates Congress last week Saturday, 04. November 2023 to endorse Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as the Presidential Candidate of the NPP come 2024 General elections.
There was no ‘showdown’ incidence observed in the just-ended NPP Presidential primaries contrary to threats from the defeated Candidate, Kennedy Agyapong who gave Dr. Bawumia a good run for his money with almost 40% of the valid votes cast.
What this means is that if Alan John Kojo Kyeremanteng was still in the NPP Presidential race, devoid of brutalities and intimidations from the perceived camp of the establishment Candidate, he would have caused a run-off or could possibly take the victory from Dr. Bawumia. Thus, Alan Kyeremanteng’s withdrawal was highly advantageous to Dr. Bawumia, the Winner.
Although Vice President Dr. Bawumia had to make Live phone calls to some selected Delegates for votes before the day of the NPP Presidential primaries, he was only able to garner an average electoral performance of 61.47% of the total valid votes cast as against former President John Dramani Mahama who had an overwhelming endorsement of 98.93% from the NDC Delegates.
Aside the first-class electoral performance of former President Mahama, he also has superior track record of leadership and delivery in the economic and developmental fronts to that of the overhyped Vice President, Dr. Bawumia.
As expected, Dr. Bawumia has the most arduous task to explain to Ghanaians why he deserves their votes and why they should accept his own ideas or plans now when he is still part and parcel of the economic mess created under his Chairmanship as the Economic Management Team (EMT) of this poorly performing Akufo-Addo-led government.
Dr. Bawumia, while in Opposition, succeeded in convincing expectant Ghanaians, that the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia-led government was the antidote to the incompetence of the erstwhile President Mahama’s regime and the general underdevelopment in the country.
Additionally, the Vice President and now the NPP Presidential Candidate made very lofty pronouncements, like President Akufo-Addo and the NPP Party, to the effect that Ghana’s money was sitting at the top and not trickling down to the masses, youth unemployment was worsening then, promised to change Ghana’s economy from taxation to production, engaged in responsible borrowings, arrested the dollar, etc. and thereby turn the then weak economic fundamentals around.
Rather, the general living conditions of Ghanaians and all economic indicators are excruciatingly worsening under Dr. Bawumia and the NPP’s watch now compared to the NDC and former President Mahama’s time in 2016. President Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia have virtually deceived Ghanaians for their votes and now decided to govern the country in an insensitive manner.
Dr. Bawumia and the NPP Party have both no viable Presidential Candidate and credible political message to turn the fortunes of Ghana around after President Akufo-Addo’s regime has messed the country up. There are still retrievable audio-visual recordings of Dr. Bawumia’s empty rhetorics which he cannot run away from now. Even if Dr. Bawumia runs away from his rhetorics and the NPP Party run away from the bad records of Nana Akufo-Addo now, the discerning Ghanaian voters will teach them a bitte lesson come December 2024.
Considering the calibre of the weak Presidential Candidates presented by the NPP for 2024, Dr. Bawumia’s victory was no surprise. However, his average electoral performance on November 4, 2023, cannot match the first-class electoral performance of former President John Dramani Mahama who has verifiable and stronger track record than Dr. Bawumia, Alan Kyeremanteng and other Candidates.
That said, the NDC Party should not be complacent, but they should take their alternative and inclusive political message to the grassroots while keeping a vigilant eye on the doings of the Electoral Commission before, during and after next year’s General elections.