The results of the presidential primaries of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), which was held on Saturday, November 4, 2023, appear to have raised serious questions in the ruling party.
Despite the ‘unprecedented’ victory of Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the first Northerner to lead the NPP and the first Muslim to lead one of the two major political parties in Ghana, the margin of victory appears to have left some uneasiness in the party.
Dr Bawumia, who was regarded as the establishment candidate, who had the support of almost every government official, Member of Parliament (MP), constituency executive, regional executive and national executive of the party pulled less than 62 percent of the votes while Assin Central legislator Kennedy Agyapong, “the one-man commando”, pulled over 37 percent of the votes of the nearly 200,000 NPP delegates who took part in the primaries.
NPP Presidential Primaries Result
Many leading figures in the party, including the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bekwai, Joseph Osei Owusu, as well as the Majority leader and Member of Parliament for Suame, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, all supporters of Bawumia, has indicated the results of the primaries show that the NPP has more work to do because Ghanaians are not happy.
The affirmation Dr Bawumia got from NPP delegates in some of the regions even led to more questions as to whether the people of Ghana are going to vote for the vice president if his own party members are not so sure of his capabilities.
In Akan-dominated areas, which are largely strongholds of the ruling NPP, Dr Bawumia was expected to make a statement with a resounding victory as a show of support for the Akufo-Addo government but he barely got the support of 60 percent of the party’s delegates.
In the Ashanti Region, which is regarded as the “World Bank” of the NPP, for instance, only over 65 percent of NPP delegates believe that Dr Bawumia can lead the country.
The vice president could not even get 70 percent of the votes from delegates in the home region of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, even though he was the ‘establishment candidate’ and a massive win would be a strong statement of support for the current government.
Dr Bawumia got the affirmation of nearly 66 percent of NPP delegates in the Eastern Region. Ken got over 33 percent of the votes, with the remaining contenders getting 0.3 percent each.
In other Akan-dominated regions, which are not regarded as NPP strongholds, Dr Bawumia’s votes were somewhat better.
In the Ahafo Region, Dr Bawumia got more than 75 percent of NPP delegates believing that Ghanaians would vote for him if he is the candidate of the party in the 2024 general elections.
The vice also did creditably well in the Bono Region, getting approximately 76 percent of the delegates in the region affirming his candidature.
Bono East Region:
Here also Dr Bawumia got over 75 percent of NPP delegates affirming him.
In the Fante-dominated areas, which are regarded as swing areas, Dr Bawumia’s affirmation was even below the national average of 61.4 percent
In the Western Region, for instance, the vice president got under 60 percent of NPP delegates believing he would win them, the 2024 elections.
Western North Region
In the Western North Region, he got almost 59 percent of NPP delegates saying he is their man.
In the Central Region, the home region of his main contender in the race, Kennedy Agyapong, Dr Bawumia did not get even 40 percent of the delegates believing in him. Ken got over 63 percent of the delegates voting for him with Bawumia getting a little over 36 percent.
The Votal Region, the “Word Bank” of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Bawumia bragged about getting more votes for the NPP, was the second region he lost.
The vice president got a little over 45 percent of the votes from NPP delegates in the Volta Region with Ken winning the region with over 53.1 percent.
Greater Accra Region
The votes from delegates in the Greater Accra Region were nearly split between Dr Bawumia and Ken Agyapong.
The northern part of Ghana turned up from their son, with the vice president winning the 5 regions there convincingly (over 80 percent in 3 of the 5 regions).
Dr Bawumia won more than 80 percent of the votes in the Northern Region with Ken getting a significant 17.4 percent.
The vice president won the Savannah Region with approximately 70 percent of the vote from the delegates.
North East Region:
In his home region, Dr Bawumia got also all the delegates confirming him to be the presidential candidate of the NPP.
He pulled 99.1 percent of the vote; Ken got 0.7 percent with the rest getting 0.1 percent each.
Upper East Region
In the Upper East Region, Dr Bawumia got almost 69 percent of the delegates affirming him. But Ken did relatively well with about 28 percent of the votes.
Upper West Region
Dr Bawumia also won the Upper West Region with 78.5 percent, Ken got a significant 17.4 percent.
The vice president also won the Oti Region ‘convincingly’ with over 72 percent of the delegates affirming his candidature.
To conclude, the result of the NPP presidential primaries shows that the ruling party has a lot of convincing to do if it wants to really win power for an unprecedented 3rd successive term – break the 8, as they say.
If in your ‘World Bank’ only about 65 percent of your supporters endorse your candidate, who had all the support of the government and party ‘establishment’, then convincing 50 percent +1 of the over 17 million Ghanaian voters would be a tall order.
Let’s live harmoniously to safeguard Ghana’s peace – Peace Council on recent clashes
The National Peace Council (NPC) has called on Ghanaians to live harmoniously with each other to safeguard the country’s peace.
It has urged Ghanaians to protect “the peace and security of the country by creating and using avenues of tolerance, cooperation, and coexistence to sustain the country’s identity as an oasis of peace in Africa.”
This follows the unfortunate violent clashes in some parts of the country which have resulted in the deaths of some citizens.
Reports from Kintampo in the Bono East Region, Nkwanta in the Oti Region, and Wenchiki in the Northeast Region indicate that violence has led to the destruction of lives and property in these affected communities.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NPC reminded Ghanaians “of paragraphs (c), (d) and (i) of
article 41 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana which states thus: The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen.”
“To foster national unity and live in harmony with others; to respect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of others, and generally to refrain from doing acts detrimental to the welfare of other persons. To co-operate with lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order.”
Read the full statement from the NPC here
Defence and National Security Ministers to appear before parliament today over Kintampo clash
The Ministers of Defence and National Security are expected to appear before the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament on Thursday, November 23, to provide a briefing on actions being taken by the government to forestall a clash between the Mo and Wangara tribes in the Kintampo North municipality.
This comes on the back of a summons by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
According to the Member of Parliament for the area, Joseph Kwame Kumah, tensions were high when the Mo tribe requested to perform rituals within the months of November and December, coinciding with the annual Klubi festival of the Wangara community.
In response to calls for a ceasefire by the MP, the Speaker directed that the government must take immediate steps to ensure peaceful coexistence.
“As the first authorities to come to this house to brief the committee on Defense and Interior, this is an urgent matter that should be handled with dispatch. I think Thursday should be okay for the two ministers and their commanders to appear before the committee early tomorrow morning by 9 am to brief the committee. It is an urgent matter.”
“The National Security Council through their regional office should immediately intervene because the chieftaincy institution is one of the cornerstones of the peace and security of our country, and we hold that institution dearly. We will do everything to prevent that institution from falling into disarray,” he stated.
Watch how Quick Credit staff violently raided restaurant over ‘unpaid loan’
Some staff of a popular loan company, Quick Credit Ghana, stormed a local restaurant to recover a loan sum.
Videos available to GhanaWeb and shared on social media showed over half a dozen male workers in violent exchanges with the staff at the restaurant said to be located at Laterbiokoshie, a suburb of Accra.
According to a person videoing the encounter, the staff had forced their way into the facility, packed up the furniture and succeeded in locking up the place before leaving.
The video, shot in the evening, however, did not show any affected customers nor did it show any casualties.
The company has yet to issue an official statement on the development. GhanaWeb is also trying to reach out to the affected businesses.
Watch the video below:
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