Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, a flagbearer aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), is confident that he will win the party’s presidential primaries with the support of farmers who benefited from his policies and programmes during his tenure as the Food and Agric Minister.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto said majority of NPP delegates who are farmers benefited from the policies and programmes he initiated during his tenure as the Food and Agric Minister. Speaking to journalists in Accra, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto says his track record makes him the clear favourite.
“Most of these farmers I met in Upper East, Upper West, Savannah regions are also delegates and party constituencies executives. The one million farmers are the ones who will bear witness to me. Just go to any farmer and ask about the impact I have had on their lives when I was Minister for Food and Agriculture. And they will confess to you, they will tell you. They will vote for me to win,” Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto said.
Dr. Akoto officially resigned to focus on his Presidential ambition as he wants to lead the New Patriotic Party into the 2024 general elections.
He served as a Member of Parliament for the Kwadaso Constituency in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region for two terms.
In Parliament, he held the position of Deputy Ranking Member and subsequently the substantive Ranking Member for the Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs until 2017 when he was appointed the Minister for Food and Agriculture.
The former Food and Agriculture Minister is in fierce competition with Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong, and Francis Addai Nimo who have declared their intention to contest in the party’s flagbearership race.
The others include former MP for Essikado-Ketan, Joe Ghartey, former General Secretary of the NPP, Kwabena Agyapong, Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, and former Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto’s policies and programmes for farmers have been well-received by many NPP delegates who are also farmers. He believes that his track record as a former Food and Agriculture Minister makes him a clear favourite among voters. He has resigned from his position as a Member of Parliament for Kwadaso Constituency in Kumasi in order to focus on his Presidential ambition.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto is confident that he will win the New Patriotic Party’s presidential primaries with the support of one million farmers who benefited from his policies and programmes. He has urged journalists to speak with any farmer about how he impacted their lives when he was Minister for Food and Agriculture.