In a surprising turn of events, Solomon Owusu, a Communications Team member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has voiced concerns over Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s recent actions, suggesting a tactical maneuver to secure his position in the upcoming Presidential primary.
Owusu alleges that the Vice President’s efforts to convene regional executive retreats are, in fact, attempts to woo and influence delegates’ votes.
With the highly anticipated NPP super delegates conference scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2023, where five candidates will be selected out of ten presidential aspirants to proceed to the party’s main election in November, tensions are running high among the contenders.
Owusu, who is a staunch supporter of Flagbearer hopeful Alan Kyerematen, alleges that Dr. Bawumia is using the guise of strategic regional executive meetings to gather delegates and potentially sway their support.
Owusu contends that financial incentives might play a role in the Vice President’s alleged efforts. “It is becoming increasingly clear that without a significant financial contribution, Dr. Bawumia’s chances of securing a spot among the final five are in jeopardy,” Owusu stated in an interview.
He further questioned the source of funding for what he described as an “extravagant campaign” by the Vice President.
A leaked notice of a regional executive retreat in the Nkwanta South constituency, addressed to party members and signed by the regional secretary, Akpabeh Jonathan Manu, has added weight to Owusu’s claims.
The retreat is set to take place from August 24th to August 25th at the Kilimanjaro conference hall in Nkwanta, with delegates departing on the morning of August 26th. While the notice doesn’t explicitly mention any political agenda, Owusu alleges that it’s a covert strategy to rally support for Dr. Bawumia.
The list of Flagbearer aspirants is notably competitive, featuring prominent figures such as former Minister of Food and Agriculture Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, former Minister of Energy Mr. Boakye Agyarko, and former Minister of Trade and Industry Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, among others.
As the NPP super delegates conference draws near, all eyes will be on how these allegations and strategies might impact the outcome of the crucial selection process.
Will Dr. Bawumia’s alleged efforts to rally support pay off, or will the delegates remain impartial in their decision-making process?
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