Focus on capabilities and messages of those who can execute the job – NPP Council of Elders Chairman to delegates

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Hon. Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, chair of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Council of Elders, has asked delegates who will be casting ballots in both the presidential and parliamentary primaries to refrain from letting money influence their choice of candidate.

Hon. Owusu-Agyemang, a former member of parliament for New Juabeng North, claims that during the election of party leaders, certain delegates are frequently swayed by money and other influential people, which has an impact on the calibre of elected leaders.

On Monday, June 5, 2023, the former Minister of Water, Works, and Housing and former Minister of Foreign Affairs recommended (NPP) delegates to concentrate on the qualifications and skills of candidates rather than any potential financial rewards.

“Although practically every Ghanaian is currently lamenting their difficulties, the 2024 elections will also be crucial for the NPP. The delegates ought to be aware of this as it’s likely that some contenders may use money to sway the delegates’ votes” he told Captain Koda, the show’s host, to place more emphasis on the qualifications and messages of the people who can actually carry out the task.

The nomination period was begun by the NPP on May 26 and is anticipated to end on June 24. Each candidate who picked up their application paid a GHC50,000 non-refundable nomination fee.

In accordance with further regulations, all applicants who have picked up forms are required to submit completed paperwork on or by Saturday, June 24, 2023, and to pay a filing cost of GHC 300,000.

Former MPs for Mampong Francis Addai-Nimoh, Alan Kyerematen, and Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, as well as Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, have all chosen to run for office.

Others include Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, a two-time candidate for president, Boakye Agyarko, a former general secretary of the party, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, energy analyst Kwadwo Poku, and MP Kennedy Agyapong of Assin Central.

The NPP will host a super delegates’ conference to reduce the number of aspirants to five as required by the party’s constitution on Saturday, June 24, 2023, if all 10 of the candidates who have picked up nomination forms want to file.

In case it becomes necessary, the NPP has already arranged to host a conference of super delegates on Saturday August 26.


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