Vice President of the Republic and presidential candidate hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has called on his supporters and spokespersons not to respond to anyone who insults him during the NPP’s internal exercise to elect the party’s presidential candidate for election 2024.
According to Dr. Bawumia, after the NPP’s internal polls, the party will have to regroup and unity in order to fight to retain power in 2024 and so any acts of insults and internal tensions will go a long way to hinder the NPP’s ability to stand up to its actual “enemy” which is the opposition NDC in the upcoming national elections.
He also appealed to his fellow aspirants to endeavor to tone down their rhetoric in order not to give the NDC access to materials they can use against the party after the NPP’s internal campaign process is over.
“I was raised by both President Kufuor and President Akufo-Addo so I can work with the children of both leaders of our great party. I do not like divisions and segmentations in the NPP.
“Let us be mindful of the words we speak during this internal campaign. Let us not insult anyone during this contest because after the contest, we will have to unite to fight for political power, ” Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said while addressing some NPP delegates in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday 18 July 2023.
“I have told all my spokespersons not to insult or respond in equal measure to anyone who decides to insult me. That will be completely unacceptable to me. Let us concentrate on convincing the delegates on why they should choose me over all the others, ” he added.
Veep’s Campaign tour
The Vice President has, in the last two weeks, been campaigning and meeting with party delegates in the 47 constituencies in the Ashanti Region.
Prior to his Ashanti Region tour, the Vice President held similar meetings with NPP delegates in all the 34 constituencies in the Greater Accra Region.
10 persons have filed their nomination forms and have been cleared to contest in the first phase of the two part process which will lead to the election of a flagbearer for the NPP ahead of the 7 December 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The first phase, the super delegates conference, will see delegates vote to select 5 candidates out of the 10 who have successfully filed to contest for flagbearership slot on Saturday, 26 August 2023.
The 5 who will be selected will then contest for the flagbearership position of the NPP on Saturday, 4 November 2023, in a nationwide poll that will be held in all 275 constituencies in the country.