Today is the deadline for Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President and one of the aspirants for the New Patriotic Party’s presidential nomination, to submit his forms.
He had delegated some senior party members, including Fred Oware and Sammy Awuku, to pick up the forms for him last month. Another aspirant, Alan Kyerematen, handed in his forms on Monday.
Dr Bawumia announced his intention to run for the party’s top position on his Facebook page. He said: ”Dear Friends, God willing… Friday, 16 June, I shall file my nomination forms and contest the New Patriotic Party (NPP: Development in Freedom) Presidential Primary. It is possible.”
Dr Bawumia has been consulting widely with various stakeholders of the party, such as the Majority Caucus in Parliament, the Council of Elders, and some traditional and religious leaders. He hopes to succeed President Akufo-Addo as the NPP’s leader after his term ends in 2025.
The NPP opened nominations for its presidential primaries on May 26, 2023, and will close them on June 24, 2023. Ten aspirants have so far expressed interest in vying for the party’s flagbearer slot. They include Alan Kyerematen, Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Kennedy Agyapong, Joe Ghartey, and Kwabena Adjei Agyapong.
The NPP plans to hold a Special Delegates Congress on August 26, 2023, to narrow down the list of aspirants to five. The final five will then compete in a national election on December 4, 2023, to determine who will lead the party in the 2024 general elections.