The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Tradition has proven to be the finest one; especially when it comes to leadership, good governance, and the production of quality trustworthy men and women to steer the affairs of this country.
It was therefore not surprising that, that during the 2007 primaries, the party was blessed with the rare opportunity of choosing from Seventeen (17) presidential materials- of which His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo emerged as the chosen one.
In just six (6) after the NPP winning re-election; and the President still in the process of appointing Ministers, the party is already divided into the Alan Cash factor and the Bawumia factor. Some party faithful have already started campaigning for their preferred candidates; who they think is more qualified to lead the party comes election 2024 (Mr. Alan Kyeremanten- the Minister for trade, and Dr. Bawumia-the Vice President).
While some party faithful believe that, it is time for Alan Kyeremanten to lead the party, since he is the suitable next in line, and an elderly in the party. Others also hold the view, that Dr. Bawumia, as the current Vice President of the Republic, has proven to be the only viable candidate of the party, who is capable of ‘breaking the 8’, and securing them another victory especially against former president, and the NDC’s candidate, John Dramani Mahama.
Almost every Ghanaian electorate is well aware of the country’s electoral trends (the eight-year tenure jinx), since it returned to multiparty democracy in 1992.
In my opinion, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), will need to work very hard to please Ghanaians; but if they really wants to break the eight-year tenure jinx, that has characterized our Fourth Republic electoral system since 1992, and retain power for the third term, they should not consider choosing John Alan Kyeremanten or Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia, as the presidential candidates for the 2024 elections.
Choosing a candidate from another ethnicity…other than Akan or Northerner will do. This is necessary because; the ethnic background of the two candidates (Alan Kyeremanten and Mahamadu Bawumia), will complicate matters for the party in the face of ongoing debates ahead of the next general election 2024.
However; if the New Patriotic Party still want to choose between Mr. Kyeremanteng and Dr. Bawumia, then Dr. Bawumia will be a better choice for the party. This is because clearly… Dr. Bawumia as a Vice President has worked harder than Mr. Kyeremanteng, and also because, choosing Dr. Bawumia (a Northerner), will help break the impression…that the NPP is a tribalistic and an Akanistic party.
I dong think the NPP can win a third term, and ‘breaking the 8’, with either Bawumia or Alan Kyeremanteng. What do your also think?
Do you believe any of the two candidates can defeat John Mahahma and the NDC come election 2024?
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