Ahead of an anticipated showdown between Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen in the New Patriotic Party’s internal election, potential delegates from the northern belt are fronting for Alan over Bawumia. Ghana’s political space is set to witness one of the most heated contests within the party level when NPP heads to the poll in search for Nana Addo’s replacement in two years time.
Political experts and industry players are rooting for Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen with Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia tipped to be the wild card in the presidential primaries. A random survey of voters within the northern belt of Ghana, the home of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, however confirmed their affection for Alan Kyerematen, to the surprise of the political pundits. Described by many as the wild card in the race because of economics prowess, the chances of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia appear to slipping day by day with his ‘own’ people fronting for his opponent.
The New Patriotic Party, according to specialist in the political arena, is heading into the most crucial contest in its history with the chance of making or breaking the backbone of the party and the 8 year mandate given by Ghanaians.
The natural successor, according to the party’s own tradition, would have been Alan Kyerematen, whiles the recent emergence of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is threatening to swing the pendulum. In a survey conducted by light TV, voices from the Northern belt, swerved Dr Bawumia with concrete reasons why Alan Cash must not be traded for their own brother. An interviewee, identified as Yussif Rasheeda from Tamale, highlighted the need for NPP to present Alan Kyeremanten as the Party’s candidate for the 2024 General election. “People are saying without Bawumia we will not vote for NPP. If that is the case we wouldn’t have voted for Akuffo Addo when John Mahama was one of us. We voted for Nana Addo despite John Mahama being one of us. Tribalism or tribal votes has never been part of our culture and we will still vote for whoever they table”, Madam Yussif told Light TV.
“NPP believes in competency but follows a tradition. There is a queue to be followed within the party as seen in how the current president came to the top. Nana came and followed the steps behind JA Kuffuor until his time came and Allan was told to follow Nana Addo in the party’s line. There is time for everything within the party”, another respondent told Light TV.
This will come as huge blow to the political ambitions of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia with barely 2 years to the potential deciding point of the NPP. The latest endorsement from northern might just be the ending point of Dr Bawumia’s presidential ambitions as the Alan bells resonate across Ghana.