Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader in parliament, said that he made an effort to reach an understanding between Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Alan Kyerematen, the two candidates for the NPP flag, on who should head the party.
In an interview with PM Express, he said that he had proposed having the Vice President run as the party’s nominee and the former Trade Minister serve as either his assistant or vice versa.
This, he claimed, was because he thought that as two of the party’s most prominent candidates, putting forward a unified face would be advantageous for the party.
“So I began a few conversations. I visited Kojo Mpiani, who I know to be one of Alan’s most ardent admirers. ‘Look, we’re moving towards 2024,’ I remarked. My thinking is as follows. He advised that we commission some study. Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu added, “And he even emphasised that we shouldn’t be confined to just one.
The Majority Leader also stated that Mr. Mpiani had additionally requested that they consult with former President Kufour.
He mentioned that the previous head of state had suggested “we should follow the trend of elections and let the delegates decide.” We are so in our current position.
Even while Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu thinks that achieving a consensus is advantageous, he acknowledged that it will be challenging to put it into practise, particularly because the candidates have already chosen their forms and registered to run in the presidential primary.
Ten people have already chosen nomination forms to run for the NPP’s flagbearer role.
Alan Kyerematen, a former minister of trade and industry, is the sole candidate who has already submitted his nomination after choosing the forms.
The other nine candidates are Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, a former minister of agriculture; Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, vice president; Francis Addai-Nimoh, a former member of parliament for Mampong; Joe Ghartey, a former minister of railroads and development; and Boakye Agyarko, a former minister of energy.
Others include Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, a two-time candidate for president, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, a former general secretary of the NPP, and Kennedy Agyepong, an MP from Assin Central.
While this is going on, flagbearer candidate Kwadwo Poku, who supports the stance of former president Kufuor, asserts that it would be fair to let all the candidates advance to the “super delegates,” where carefully chosen party delegates will cast their votes for the party’s leader.
Mr. Poku claimed that the first five from that result should be permitted to advance to the presidential primary in accordance with party regulations.