Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, one of the aspirants for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer position, will present his nomination forms at the party’s headquarters in Asylum Down, Accra today, June 19, 2023.
He will be joined by some prominent members of the party, such as former national and regional officers, ex-MPs, constituency executives, Electoral Area Coordinators and Polling Station Executives.
After submitting his forms, Dr. Akoto will address the media and his supporters who share his vision for the party and the country.
Sources close to the former Food and Agriculture Minister say he will make a powerful statement that will outline his vision more clearly.
They say his vision, if adopted and implemented, will improve the party’s fortunes and transform Ghana’s economy drastically.
A group of farmers and friends picked up the nomination forms on his behalf on May 29, 2023, as a gesture of support for his presidential bid.
By presenting his forms today, the former Kwadaso MP will become the third aspirant to do so after former Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen, and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Alan and Bawumia submitted their forms on June 12 and June 16 respectively.
The NPP opened nominations on May 26, 2023, with a deadline of June 24 for aspirants to submit their forms.
So far, 10 hopefuls have picked up nomination forms to vie for the NPP’s flagbearer slot.
They are: Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Kennedy Agyapong, Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, Kwabena Adjei Agyapong, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Joe Ghartey, Boakye Agyarko, Prof. Addai Nimoh, Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, and Kwadwo Nsafoa Opoku.
The party will hold a Special Delegates Congress on August 26, 2023, to select five of the aspirants.
The final five will then compete for the flagbearer slot on December 4, 2023, to lead the party in the 2024 general elections.