Kennedy Agyapong, a candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer position, is alarmed by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia’s lack of comment on the faltering economy.
In the race to lead the NPP into the 2024 elections, Agyapong faces up against Bawumia and two other candidates. Agyapong expresses concern over the Vice President’s seeming focus on digitization, given that the economy was his main platform until 2016.
The Assin Central MP stated that although he will not render a final judgment on the present government’s economic performance, Bawumia should address concerns over economic management and performance.
“How would you pride yourself that interest rate has gone from 14 to 35%, yet you want applause, how?” Agyapong asked during an interview on Oyerepa FM on November 1, 2023.
“I disagree,” he responded to claims that Bawumia was only an assistant to his boss.
“When this contender was coming, he asked Amissah Arthur 170 questions, why can’t we ask him the same 170 questions? He should answer them if he can,” he stressed.
“Of late, he is about digital matters and doesn’t talk about the economy. I want him to talk about it… the way he was blasting Mahama and the NDC, he should bold to talk about the state of the economy,” Agyapong added.
Prior to the 2016 general elections, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia submitted 170 statements, and he was requesting responses from Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, the vice president at the time.
His action came after the Veep said that Bawumia had made false statements during the public speech on the “Real state of the economy” and that these statements were a deception.
Although the Vice President had promised to react to Bawumia on a number of political venues, that never happened.