I did not approve 2024 campaign posters – Bawumia

The Office of the Vice President has denied knowledge of posters marketing him as New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer in 2024.

To clear all doubts, the office in a statement said the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia “has not given his consent to all these posters and other associated activities”.

The statement said the Vice President remains focused on assisting President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to transform Ghana.

He urged the general public to focus on all the developmental projects that the governing NPP intends to do over the next four years.

The statement follows numerous media reports of Dr Bawumia and Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen announcing their decision to replace President Akufo-Addo as the next presidential candidate of the party.

This generated a whole lot of debate, leaving many Ghanaians to ponder over who the chosen presidential candidate for the party could be, with just three months into President Akufo-Addo’s second term.

Reactions from the rank and file of the party

Kennedy Agyapong

The Assin Central lawmaker has asked party faithful to desist from the campaign activities they have started for their preferred for election 2024.

Mr Agyapong said the timing for such activity is not right given that President Akufo-Addo has just been sworn into office for his second term.

He explained that if the NPP will be able to win the next elections it will largely depend on the performance of the president hence, he should be supported to deliver.

Freddie Blay

The NPP National Chairman has also asked members interested in competing for the 2024 flagbearership to tone down on their campaign.

He advised that entertaining such actions have the tendency to distract the general public from what President Akufo-Addo is doing in terms of delivering on his mandate.

“A lot of the people who may be interested in the flagbearership, particularly individuals who are interested may come from his cabinet or be appointees who should be working to execute policies and programmes of his government. However, if they have a mind of their own,  they may be more focused on nurturing their ambition towards the flagbearship. That is extremely negative and distracting and therefore the party frowns on that,” he pointed out.

Yaw Buaben Asamoah

The Communications Director of the party, Yaw Buaben Asamoah also condemned such activities.

“It is important that the candidates exercise some restraint. That self-restraint will demonstrate that they believe in the future of the NPP. They believe that the performance of this government is what will give them victory in 2024.

“Right now, what are you fighting for or aspiring to? The President has just won an election and inaugurated and delivered his State of the Nation Address. The President’s budget for the second term has just been read. So what are you fighting to succeed? It’s simply too early,” he said.

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