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NPP primaries: The battle of crowds between Alan, Bawumia, and Ken Agyapong

Ken, Bawumia And Alan Kennedy Agyapong, Dr Bawumia and Alan Kyerematen

Thu, 29 Jun 2023 Source:

In the world of politics, the influence of followers and supporters cannot be underestimated.

These dedicated individuals play a crucial role in the journey of politicians, ultimately shaping their path to power with their ability to sway opinions and garner support.

Followers, and supporters have become instrumental in the electoral process, especially in selecting leaders during elections, even those who may not cast their votes directly can still have an impact by influencing their acquaintances, friends, and family members in electing leaders.

Taking a closer look at the upcoming presidential primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), we can observe the significance of followers and supporters in the campaigns of the ten aspirants vying for the party's flagbearership slot.

The attention primarily lies on three prominent figures despite the pool of 10 aspirants, they are: Kennedy Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin Central; Alan Kyerematen, former Minister for Trade and Industry; and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of Ghana.

This piece looks at how the trio pulled crowds to submit their nomination papers weeks ago.

Starting with Dr. Bawumia, the Vice President has gained the endorsement of approximately 123 Members of Parliament, according to the Majority Chief Whip of Parliament, Frank Annoh Dompreh. This list includes influential figures such as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu.

Dr. Bawumia has been actively supported by these MPs, with several instances of them attending events together, including the commissioning of the Kumasi Central Mosque.

This show of support from key MPs further solidifies his position as a frontrunner. Additionally, the Muslim community has been closely following Dr. Bawumia's bid, as his religious background resonates with their aspirations.

During his nomination process, a group of dedicated followers even picked up the forms on his behalf, demonstrating their commitment to his candidacy.

Alan John Kyerematen, the former Minister for Trade and Industry, has also amassed a significant following. His ‘Aduru woso’ walk saw him accompanied by a substantial number of party sympathizers, including a surprising presence of several Members of Parliament. Notably, Deputy Minister of Finance Abena Osei Asare's participation in the walk caught the attention of many, emphasizing the growing support for Kyerematen.

When filing his nominations, Alan John Kyerematen was equally surrounded by a massive crowd of enthusiastic supporters.

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Kennedy Agyapong, popularly known as the grassroots man, has gained fame for his generous nature and unwavering support for the party's grassroots.

Known for providing jobs, scholarships, and youth support, Agyapong has won the hearts of many who believe in his dream of ascending closer to the presidency.

His outspoken nature, irrespective of the individuals involved, when addressing issues of crime has further endeared him to the public.

Agyapong's criticism of both his own government and the opposition, combined with his sincere approach, has garnered support from various quarters.

When filing his nominations also, Ken was equally surrounded by a massive crowd to support his bid.

The upcoming NPP presidential primaries which is slated for November 4, 2023, have become a battleground for these three contenders and their respective followers and supporters. Their ability to mobilize, influence, and garner support will undoubtedly play a significant role in determining the outcome of the primaries.

As the contest unfolds, it remains clear that the backing of followers and supporters can greatly impact a politician's journey to power. The support garnered by Dr. Bawumia, Alan John Kyerematen, and Kennedy Agyapong reflects the depth of dedication and belief in their leadership potential.

Ultimately, it will be the collective voices and choices of party members that will shape the outcome of the NPP presidential primaries, paving the way for the future leadership of the party and its aspirations for the country.

The 10 aspirants in the race include; Vice- President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, a former Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Joe Ghartey, a businessman and energy expert Kwadwo Poku, a former Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko, a former NPP General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, a former MP for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh, a former Minister of State, Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku and a former Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto.

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