In a highly competitive flagbearership race, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has emerged triumphant, securing 61.43 percent of the valid votes in the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) internal contest for the 2024 general elections.
Dr. Bawumia secured a clear victory with 118,210 votes out of 193,339 cast, as officially announced by the Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission, the Dr SerebourQuaicoe, at the Ohene Gyan Sports Stadium in Accra.
The election took place across 275 polling stations and 17 regional centers, including the NPP national headquarters.
The contest, widely referred to as the ‘showdown elections,’ pitted Dr. Bawumia against formidable opponents, including Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, former Minister of Food and Agriculture Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto, and former Mampong Member of Parliament, Francis Addai-Nimoh.
Dr. Bawumia’s win designates him as the NPP’s flagbearer for the upcoming 2024 elections, marking a historic moment in the party’s political journey. Notably, he becomes the first person with Northern origin to lead the NPP, a party deeply rooted in the ‘Danquah-Dombo-Busia’ ideals.
This outcome follows the August 26 Super Delegates Conference, where 10 prominent party members vied for the flagbearer position, ultimately reduced to five contenders.
Dr. Bawumia secured 68.15 percent of the votes, with Kennedy Agyapong in second place. Alan Kyerematen, initially occupying the third position, later withdrew from the race and NPP to form his political movement, citing concerns about unfair treatment.
The National Council of Elders of the Party, played a pivotal role in ensuring that all four aspirants signed an undertaking to accept the primary results, promoting peace and unity within the party, regardless of the outcome.
With this election outcome, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is poised to lead the NPP in the crucial 2024 elections, a moment of significance in the party’s political journey.