Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the newly chosen flagbearer, has taken over as the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) leader from President Akufo-Addo.
During Dr. Bawumia’s outdooring ceremony on Saturday, November 4, he made a handover address in which he stated that he had properly served the party during his term.
He claims that in order for the party to stay in power as it is, it is now time for him to help the newly elected flagbearer win the 2024 election.
“I want to thank every single NPP person here that for the last 16 years – 2007, 2010, 2014, and 2020, you have conferred your confidence in me to lead this great party, you have honoured me an honour I can never ever forget, and you have allowed me to serve the party, through the party, to serve the people of Ghana.
“I have done my best but I still have one more task to do and that is with all my strength, all my energy, to help the new flagbearer, Mahamudu Bawumia win the election of 2024,” he said.
He claims that this is because the nation cannot afford for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), led by former President John Mahama, to return.
To guarantee they “break the 8” in the 2024 election, he called on the party to remain devoted and work hard as a unit.
He emphasized that Dr. Bawumia’s triumph is a well-deserved acknowledgment of his hard work and thanked the doctor for his years of service to the party.
In addition, President Akufo-Addo stated that he thought Dr. Bawumia could bring the party together and take on the NDC in the 2024 elections.
President Akufo-Addo acknowledged that Dr Bawumia’s leadership, along with the support of all the contestants, can provide the strong guidance and unity needed to secure victory.
“Sixteen years of work in opposition and in government has been rewarded by the party with this leadership that has been confirmed upon him and I am confident Dr Bawumia will be able to unite this party with the assistance of Kennedy Agyapong, Dr Afriyie Akoto and Addai-Nimoh and all the other contestants and provide us the strong leadership to take on the NDC in 2024 and inflict a third successive defeat on John Dramani Mahama,” he said.
Certified results from the Electoral Commission were made public by Siriboe Quaicoe, Deputy Commissioner. Dr. Bawumia received 118,210 votes, or 61.47% of the total, while Mr. Agyapong, his nearest rival, received 71,996 votes, or 37.41%. Dr. Afriyie Akoto received 731 votes, while Addai-Nimoh received 1,459 votes.