For the purpose of enabling him to prevail in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer elections set for Saturday, November 4, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia requested Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s blessing.
He claims that in order to succeed in the main competition, the respected monarch must bless him exactly like he did when he received his blessing to win the party’s Super Delegates Conference.
Dr. Bawumia made the request after spending the weekend with Otumfuo at the Manhyia Palace to see the Akwasidae.
“I came in peace, and today being Akwasidae, I came for a visit and to celebrate with him (Otumfuo). Again, I came here initially to ask for his blessing when I was going to contest for the flagbearership of the NPP.
“He blessed me, and God also blessed his blessing, which materialised for me to win the contest on August 26, 2023.”
“We have another contest coming again on the 4th of November, where we are going to elect the flagbearer, and I still need his blessing.
“So, I came to ask for his blessing and inform him about it, that he may give me his blessings and show me the way to clinch victory. I thank you so much, and may God bless you.”
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the vice president, won the Super Delegates Congress of the New Patriotic Party first place.
The purpose of the congress was to choose five candidates for the party’s presidential primary in November of this year.
The Vice President won the election with 68.15% of the total votes cast, followed by Kennedy Agyapong, the MP for Assin Central, with 14.3% of the total votes cast, after the results of 17 out of the 17 voting places around the nation were tallied.
Former Agriculture Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto and former Trades Minister Alan Kyerematen tied for third place with 10.29% of the votes cast each.
Francis Addai Nimoh and Boakye Agyarko, a former energy minister, each received 0.98 percent of the total votes, resulting in a tie.
Thus, a run-off election between the two was planned on Saturday, September 2.
However, the National Council said they will constitute an electoral college made up of the National Council to break the tie between Mr Agyarko and his competitor Francis Addai Nimoh.
This did not go down well with Mr Boakye Agyarko who formally withdrew from the upcoming run-off election.