Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, Samuel l Atta Akyea has once again endorsed Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as the next presidential candidate of the ruling NPP.
The Former Minister of Works and Housing argued that the party should not hold any delegates congress to vote for aspirants but just go ahead and select Dr. Bawumia as the flagbearer. Mr. Atta Also suggested that Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten should be made the running mate to Dr. Bawumia.
Mr. Atta Akyea made this latest comment last night on Paul Adom Otchere’s Good Evening Ghana Program on Metro TV. Though that was not the first time Mr. Atta Akyea was making such a call, his latest comment came just days after two leading members of the party, former Kpone Kantamanso parliamentary candidate Hopeson Adorye and MP for Tafo Pankrono Vincent Ekow Assafuah were hauled before the party’s complaints committee for openly endorsing either of the two candidates, contrary to the code of conduct for presidential and parliamentary primaries.
Mr. Atta Akyea argued that his proposal will save the party huge cost of money it will use for the organisation of the congress and also save it from the acrimony and rancour that normally characterise such elections.
He maintained that Dr. Bawumia is the sure bet to lead the NPP to break the eight, by defeating the NDC which will likely present former President Mahama as its flagbearer. Atta Akyea argued that Dr. Bawumia’s candidature will portray the NPP as a national party, and difuse the propaganda that it only uses Non – Akans and dump them.
Asked about his opinion on the ambition of his Adisadel College school mate, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong,, Mr. Atta Akyea said he has not had any discussions with him, but indicated that he will advise him against it.
Incidentally, Mr. Kyeremanten, popularly known as Alan Cash is also an old boy of the Adisadel College.
In 2007, about 17 members of the NPP contested the presidential primaries to succeed former president Kufuor. Akufo-Addo Addo and in the first round but fell short of the required 50 percent. Alan Kyeremanten who came second withdrew from the run off to pave the way for Akufo-Addo to be endorsed.
It was believed that Alan and Nana Addo and the power brokers in party had a gentleman’s agreement that Alan would be the next leader after Akufo-Addo.
SOURCE : theGhanaianVoice