Majority Leader in parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has disclosed that he attempted to get two NPP flagbearer hopefuls, Alan Kyerematen and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to come to an agreement on who leads the party among the two.
Speaking on PM Express, he said that he had suggested having the Vice President as the party’s candidate and the former Trade Minister as his deputy or vice-versa.
This, he said, was because he believed as two of the biggest candidates the party has, presenting a united front would be beneficial for the party.
“So I started some discussions. I went to Kojo Mpiani, who I know to be one of the key supporters of Alan. I said ‘Look, we’ll be heading towards 2024. This is my thinking’. He suggested that we should have some research done. And he even said that we shouldn’t be limited to just one,” Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said.
The Majority Leader added that Mr Mpiani also asked they seek the counsel of former President Kufour.
He noted that the former Head of State advised “we should follow the trend of elections and let the delegates decide. So, we are where we are now.”
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu admitted that although he believes reaching a consensus is beneficial, it will be tough to implement it especially since the candidates have already picked forms and filed to contest in the presidential primary.
10 individuals have already picked nomination forms to contest for the flag bearer position of the NPP.
Former Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen is the only aspirant who has already filed his nomination after picking the forms.
The other nine individuals who are contesting the position are the former Agric Minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto; Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia; former MP for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh; former Railways and Development Minister, Joe Ghartey and former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko.
Others are former General Secretary of the NPP, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong; Energy Analyst, Kwadwo Poku; two-time presidential aspirant, Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku and MP, Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong.
Meanwhile, flagbearer aspirant, Kwadwo Poku, who agrees with former President Kufuor’s position says it would be fair to let all the candidates go through the “super delegates”, where carefully selected party delegates will vote for whom they would like to lead the party.
The first five from that result, according to party rules, Mr Poku said, should then be allowed to go through the presidential primary.