ACCRA – Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially handed over the reins of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to his Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, concluding a significant 16-year leadership period.
According to NAM News Network, Akufo-Addo has served as the party leader since 2007, and in accordance with the NPP’s constitution, the victory of Dr. Bawumia in the presidential primaries has led to his elevation as the new party leader.
During the transition ceremony, Akufo-Addo highlighted his determination to support Dr. Bawumia’s campaign to win the presidency in the upcoming 2024 elections. He thanked the party members for their sustained support throughout his tenure and voiced his confidence in Dr. Bawumia’s capabilities to maintain party unity and steer it toward further success.
In the recent presidential primaries of the NPP, Dr. Bawumia secured a commanding lead with 61.43% of the votes. Kennedy Agyapong, who emerged as the second most popular candidate, received 37.41% of the votes. Other contenders in the race, Dr. Afriyie Akoto and Francis Addai Nimo, received 0.75% and 0.41% of the votes, respectively.
The primary, which saw the participation of approximately 200,000 delegates from all over the nation, is indicative of the NPP’s robust engagement as they gear up for the forthcoming general election.
With Dr. Bawumia now at the helm as the flagbearer, the NPP is set to embark on its campaign facing off against established political figures including former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and Alan Kyerematen, amongst others in what is anticipated to be a vigorously contested election.