President Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision to refrain from endorsing any presidential candidates, according to certain NPP flagbearer candidates, is a step in the right way.
They claim that justice in the party’s internal elections will be ensured.
However, they are asking that he “walks the talk” before the Super Delegate’s Congress on August 26.
“The president has spoken. What we want to see is that he walks the talk. By merely saying it, it does not mean that he does not support a candidate,” one concerned party member said while speaking to JoyNews.
Yaw Buaben Asamoa, the spokesperson for the Alan Campaign, voiced worry that despite the president’s apparent rejection, there may still be organized backing for a certain candidate.
“It’s okay that the president as an individual says he doesn’t support any of the others. And indeed the president made a very, very significant statement.
“He said the spirit of the party will determine who actually wins this. And that I agree with him except that the establishment is not working in that way.
“The establishment which includes the president and others are demonstrating otherwise.”
Mr. Asamoa advised his party’s members to exercise caution in the upcoming primary elections to avoid having them manipulated in favor of a “establishment candidate.”
Other flagbearer candidates also stated their expectation that after the president’s pronouncement, those who have previously claimed the president’s backing will stop doing so.
However, the spokesman for Francis Addai-Nimoh’s campaign team emphasized that Mr. Addai-Nimoh’s main concern is that the next primary be handled in a fair and transparent manner.
In response to a remark made by President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, August 2, at a meeting with party communicators, the flagbearer contenders have expressed their concerns.
He emphasized that delegates will choose the party’s leader in the election the next year and said that he does not support any particular candidate in the NPP’s presidential primary.
The President said that he will choose a candidate to receive his vote whom he believes could unite the party and win the 2024 presidential election.