I never endorsed Bawumia’s flagbearership bid – President Kufuor clarifies

John Agyekum Kufuor Bawumia Former President Kufuor with VP Bawumia

Thu, 23 Jun 2022 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Kufuor hails Bawumia's loyalty to the NPP

Kufuor denies supporting any candidate in the flagbearership race

Bawumia, Alan believed to be frontrunners

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has debunked reports in sections of the media and comments on social media purporting that he had endorsed the candidature of Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia as flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party, NPP.

Kufuor at a Father's Day event over the weekend spoke highly about the dedication of Bawumia and his loyalty to the NPP.

The office of the former President through a June 22, 2022 statement clarified that his comments about Bawumia were strictly apolitical and that there was no need for a spin to be put on it.

"The attention of the Office of Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has been drawn to erroneous reportage in some sections of the media, especially on social media, to the effect that President Kufuor has endorsed an aspiring candidate for the NPP flagbearership over several others who have expressed interest to contest in the race.

"The office wants to emphatically deny that any such endorsement took place on the said occasion and bemoan the fact that what transpired has been seriously misconstrued,” the statement signed by Dr. Kwabena Osei-Adubofour, a senior aide and spokesman read in part.

The statement also outlined the circumstances around which he praised the Vice President whiles tasking the party to ensure a level playing field for all candidates interested in the upcoming contest.

"The President believes that any of those mentioned, when selected by the party to be the flagbearer, would be able to discharge the work of the flagbearer very firmly and effectively.

It concluded that the contest when it is held should be "devoid of coercion and machinations so that the eventual selected nominee, coming out of the uncompromised freewill of voting delegates, can easily command the support and respect of all party faithful, and indeed, other Ghanaians sympathetic to our cause towards 'breaking the eight.'

The NPP is expected to hold elections to elect a flagbearer to lead the party into the 2024 General Elections.

Between Agyapong, Kyerematen and Bawumia - only Agyapong has formally declared his intentions to contest. Former Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko is another candidate who has declared his ambitions.

Agric Minister Afriyie Osei Akoto and former Minister Joe Ghartey are all rumoured to be eyeing the slot. The winner will take over from President Akufo-Addo who is ineligible to contest after his second term ends in early 2025.

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