Ben Ephson, a pollster, is predicting that Kennedy Agyapong, the Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP) is going to beat Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, the Trade and Industry Minister, to third place in the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential race.
He says the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is in a pole position to win the contest for the party’s 2024 presidential ticket. Dr. Bawumia and Alan Kyeremanteng, are seen by political watchers as the two frontrunners but pollster Ephson says with the entry of the Assin Central MP, the equation has changed.
Ken has been around, and he is in his sixth term as MP, so you should not be surprised if he beats Alan to the third place.
Mr. Ephson explains that Alan peaked 15 years ago and so if you are a delegate and you are aged under 40 years, you might not remember Alan.
Ken, a firebrand politician, has blasted the leadership of the party over what he sees as preferential treatment and outsized attention, two of the presidential hopefuls, Dr. Bawumia and Alan Kyeremanteng are getting from the party's leadership.
He warned against the toxic political maneuvering – projecting and reducing the contest for the party’s presidential ticket to a match between the Vice President and the Trade and Industry Minister, describing this as absolute nonsense.
Ken said what was happening was at odds with their claim of being “democrats”.
“You call yourselves democrats, if you don’t want anybody to contest, be a dictator and let us know.”
He called for the party leadership to level the playing field for everybody who is interested in the party’s presidential primary election.
He cautioned that anything short of an open, transparent and fair contest will have damning consequences for the unity and cohesion of the party ahead of the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.
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