President Nana Akufo-Addo’s participation in the ongoing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential primaries took an unexpected turn when he was questioned about the economy.
After casting his vote, President Akufo-Addo found himself surrounded by a group of journalists eager to hear his views on the potential NPP flagbearer.
He firmly reiterated that “it is the people who decide,” emphasizing the importance of democratic choice in the selection process.
However, the spotlight turned to the president’s response when another question emerged: “Mr. President, would you say you have managed the economy well?”
In a somewhat surprised tone, President Akufo-Addo inquired, “You want me to come and have this interview here, today?”
There was a brief pause, and President Akufo-Addo entered his vehicle, leaving the premises.
Meanwhile, voting is ongoing across the 275 constituencies, where over 200,000 NPP delegates are expected to cast their vote to elect a new leader.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, MP for Assin Central Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, former Agriculture Minister Dr. Owusu Akoto Afriyie, and former MP for Asante Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh are the final contenders.
While various pollsters have tipped Vice President Dr. Bawumia as the favorite, the competition is expected to be fierce, particularly from Kennedy Agyapong.
On the ballot paper, the Assin Central MP occupies the top slot, followed by Dr. Bawumia in the second position, and Dr. Afriyie Akoto and Mr Addai-Nimoh in the third and fourth slots, respectively.
The outcome of this election will significantly influence the NPP’s strategy for the 2024 elections.