The Member of Parliament for Yendi, Farouk Aliu-Mahama, has described Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as ‘competent’ and ‘visionary’ and described him as the only man capable of taking Ghana to the ‘promised land’.
Aliu-Mahama said during an interview on JoyNews that Dr Bawumia has proven himself as a competent politician during his 16 years in the public eye and is the right choice to lead the New Patriotic Party (NPP) going forward.
“My support for Dr Bawumia is not because my late father wanted to see him at some point. I have seen the vice president, within the shortest possible time, become a force to reckon with in this country.
“He has moved the country as a vice president; he has done a lot. He has the vision to do more with the support of the president and has carried himself to the admiration of everybody; he is very competent,” Aliu-Mahama said.
The Yendi legislator added: “The vice president at least can lead Ghana to the promise land… Dr. Bawumia is somebody who stands tall, in the last 16 years, everything is about Bawumia. Even those who don’t like Bawumia are speaking about him,”
The MP said all the contestants in the upcoming flagbearer race deserve to win but only one person will win and that is Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
The Veep is expected to face competition for the NPP flagbearer from party stalwarts such as former Trade Minister Alan Kyeremanten, Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong and others.
Meanwhile, a new delegates-based poll jointly released by the Outcomes International Ghana and the Centre for Sustainable African Development Initiatives (C-SADI) UK places Bawumia in a ‘comfortable lead’ in the race.
The poll surveyed circa 197,000 NPP polling station executives (PSEs) in all 16 regions of Ghana.
“The most preferred candidate for the NPP’s flagbearer position among PSEs is Dr Mahamudu Bawumia leading in all 16 regions… The closest contenders to Dr Bawumia are Alan Kyerematen and Kennedy Agyapong respectively. It is worth noting that some PSEs (12.3%) indicated they have not yet decided on whom to vote for, but that does not significantly change the outcome,” the researchers said in their final report.