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Another self-destruct? As more candidates emerge in NPP 2024

RKeelson
By RKeelson | self meida writer
Published 17 days ago - 1044 views

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is one party that has often had many aspirants vying for its presidential nomination since the inception of the 4th Republic.

In 1992, stalwarts like Professor Albert Adu Boahene, Dr. Kwame Sarfo Adu, Dr. Dzane-Selby, Peter Ala Adjetey, Nii Odoi-Sykes, John Agyekum Kufuor, J.H. Mensah among others contested the party’s presidential primary. The eventual winner was Prof. Adu Boahene.

A number of the ’92 contestants again entered the ’96 and 2000 nominations, where on both occasions, John Agyekum Kufuor won the nomination to represent the NPP in the national elections of those two election years.

It was however in the 2008 elections that the NPP was undone by as many as 17 presidential aspirants who vied for the single presidential ticket of the then party in power.

The candidates included Nana Akufo Addo, Alan Kyerematen, vice president Aliu Mahama, Yaw Osafo Maafo, Kofi Konadu Apraku and Felix Owusu Agyapong.

Others were Hackman Owusu Agyemang, Agyarko Boakye, Kwabena Adjei Agyepong, Dr. Arthur Kennedy, Dan Botwe among others. Nana Akufo Addo emerged from the pile to become the presidential candidate of the NPP in the 2008 elections.

It was a period that many thought the NPP was likely to win a three successive term of office because of the degree of success chalked by the Kufuor administration. It also emerged that the incumbent advantage was all in favour of candidate Akufo Addo.

Eventually, Nana Akufo Addo, the NPP candidate and the favourite in the 2008 elections was upstaged by Prof John Mills of the NDC in a race that Akufo Addo was all thought and favoured to replace his compatriot, President Kufuor.

The contention of political watchers was that although the period was so perfect for the NPP to hand over to itself, that opportunity was blown away by the number of candidates that contested the party’s presidential primary in 2008.

It was one opportunity that was blown away by the bickering that characterized that internal campaigning.  In the process of trying to outdo and outsmart each other, they rather ended up spilling and dirtying themselves with accusations and counter-accusations.

Remember, most of the candidates were the fulcrum of the Kufuor administration and so exposing each other in the public glare was all about bringing out every possible dirt in the Kufuor administration. The NDC used and capitalized on the divisions created by the 17 presidential aspirants to win the 2008 elections.

Similar scenario seems to be playing out in the run-up to the NPP presidential nomination 2024. Like in 2008, the NPP is the current administration in government. The run for the 2008 presidential nomination started just as early as that which is currently happening.

It was suspected then sitting president, John Agyekum Kufuor had a preferred candidate, similar to the believe today that the current President also supports a potential candidate in the 2024 race.

Apart from the snippets of information that the sitting Vice President, Dr. Mahmudu Bawumia and Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen all have their eyes on the NPP slot, there are others who are running through the shadows.

The foremost however to make his intention clear is former Minister of Railway Development, Joe Ghartey. He was bold enough to let the President know that his presidential ambition will not permit him to concentrate on his public job.

Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku is once again considering rekindling his shot at the NPP presidential slot. His dates at the NPP presidential nomination go back to 1998 when he contested against J.A Kufuor, Nana Akufo Addo, among others.

Although he came far distance behind Kufuor and Akufo Addo, he tried his luck again in 2008 and 2012, albeit unsuccessful. He is said not to have given up the fight, and is a sure bet for another shot in 2024.

Others likely to join the fray are Dr. Afriyie Akoto, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, the relieved boss of the National Lotteries Authority and the leader of Government Business, Hon, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.

The former Minister of Energy, Agyarko Boakye is another aspiring candidate in reckoning just as Dr. Arthur Kobina Kennedy, a staunch party member currently sojourning in the United States. There are others that from all indications will join the queue at the appropriate time.

With supporters of the two front-runners-Dr. Bawumia and Alan Kyerematen breaching the party’s electioneering orders not to engage in partisan campaign for any such prospective candidate, the stage is being set for another indecent and robust campaign, in the run-up to the NPP presidential nomination in 2024.

And that likely will be a perfect re-enactment of another self-destruct defeat for the NPP, reminiscent of 2008.

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