NPP running mate: Deep down, Bawumia cannot be a happy man; no freedom — Prof Kwesi Yankah

Headlines Flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
Flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

The normally smooth process of selecting a running mate for the ruling New Patriotic Party's (NPP) presidential candidate has become mired in divisions, according to party elder Professor Kwesi Yankah.

In an opinion piece posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday, June 19, Prof Yankah observed that Mahamudu Bawumia, the NPP's flagbearer for the 2024 elections, "cannot be a happy man" due to intense lobbying and pressure for a vice presidential candidate.

"Deep down, Bawumia cannot be a happy man. The freedom to choose a running mate of his choice is under siege," writes the one-time Minister in charge of Tertiary Education.

He notes that unlike previous NPP leadership transitions, Bawumia faces "open campaigning for running mate, public name dropping, blackmailing, and veiled display of tribalism."

Some party members are even resorting to "blackmailing: 'Pick our preference or else the Ashanti masses you dearly need, will turn their backs on you,'" according to Prod Yankah.

Tensions have risen due to different factions within the NPP aggressively endorsing their preferred candidates on social media and in constituencies.

Prof Yankah calls on the party's elders to intervene and ensure Bawumia's authority is respected.

“Mahmoud should not be reminded of his status as 'Tani' so-called and made an exception to prevailing rules," he writes.

The process risks divisions if lobbying forces Bawumia to "be foisted on Mahamudu Bawumia," concludes the respected party stalwart.

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