Former NPP General Secretary Nana Ohene Ntow has rubbished calls for the NPP to pair flagbearer hopefuls Dr Bawumia and Alan Kyeremanten on the party’s 2024 ticket.
Ntow, a staunch supporter of Mr Kyeremanten, said the proposal is deeply problematic and goes against the party’s democratic ethos.
According to him, he is deeply against any suggestion of a paired ticket without having a primary first.
Responding on Asaase 99.5 Accra’s news analysis and current affairs show The Forum on Saturday (7 January 2023) to a question about whether the NPP should offer a ticket with both Kyerematen and Vice-President Bawumia, Ohene Ntow said: “My clear and direct answer will be an emphatic no!
“… NPP has always elected a presidential candidate, and once the candidate is elected, the candidate has the right and the privilege of choosing their running mate. So, why will you want to go and arrange something they are yet to arrive at?” he asked.
“So, in that arrangement, who becomes the candidate and who becomes the running mate? Do you want to predetermine that … That’s very problematic and we ought to allow the party’s constitutional and time-tested procedures to be allowed to follow the natural course.
“Let’s not jump the ship by coming out with this kind of arrangement, which I find to be very problematic,” Ohene Ntow added.
Interestingly, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, a member of the NPP council of elders, recently said the same proposal for a joint ticket is the only way for the NPP to ‘break the 8’.
He made his comments during an interview with Joy News.
“In fact, if I were to be asked, I would say ideally if we can get the vice president, my own brother Kyerematen, and my own brother Bawumia together it will be fantastic,” he said.
“As a political party, our job is to ensure that we are able to work together as people who are of the same stables and for that matter think alike and so I have no problem with that at all,” he explained.