Former NPP General Secretary, Nana Ohene Ntow, has rubbished calls for a joint Presidential ticket between Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Alan Kyeremanten.
According to Ntow, who is a core member of the Alan Kyeremanten campaign, that call is being made by supporters of Dr Bawumia who want him placed at the top of the ticket and Alan as the running mate, a situation that is untenable to their side of the party.
Ntow said Dr Bawumia was not even a member of the NPP till as late as 2008 hence he cannot be automatically selected as flagbearer in that fashion.
Speaking in an interview with Adom TV, he narrated how Bawumia landed the role of running mate in 2008 despite not even being part of the party.
“After the selection of Akufo-Addo as the flagbearer of the NDC in 2006, his first choice as running mate was rejected by the national council of the party. The national council proposed another person but Akufo-Addo did not accept, we struggled over it but it did not work.
“Then Akufo-Addo brought Alhaji Dr Bawumia and the first reaction of the council was ‘but this person is not a party member, why should we make him running mate?’. That day there was a commotion at the Alisa Hotel.
“It took former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s interventions for the issue to be resolved. Kufuor advised that Akufo-Addo should be allowed to choose the person he thinks he can work with. He advised that the party should come to a compromise and give Bawumia a concession by scrapping the five years he needs to serve as a number of the NPP before he can be running mate or presidential candidate of the party,” he said in Twi.
Nana Ohene Ntow added that as general secretary of the NPP at the time, he was the one who signed the membership card for Dr. Bawumia.