Dagbon, Ghana – The Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Abubakari Mahama II, has advised Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to recognize former President, John Dramani Mahama, as a brother and not an enemy for a clean campaign ahead of the 2024 general elections.
During a courtesy call on Ya-Na as part of his ‘Thank you tour,' Dr. Bawumia received a message from the Dagbon Overlord emphasizing the familial ties between the NPP and NDC flagbearers, stating, “My son, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, who is also a son, is your fellow competitor in this election; he is not your enemy or rival.”
The Ya-Na encouraged a campaign focused on demonstrating the capabilities, competence, honesty, and dedication of northerners in moving Ghana forward.
He underscored that the victory of either candidate would be a win for all northerners.
“As northerners, we have already won the election with whoever we elect because whoever wins the trophy is coming home,” he added.
The call for recognition follows previous verbal exchanges between the former President and the Vice President.
While John Mahama criticized Dr Bawumia as an extension of President Akufo-Addo, Dr Bawumia argued that Mahama had nothing new to offer Ghanaians.
In response, Ya-Na cautioned Dr Bawumia not to engage in name-calling and insults, urging him to lead a clean campaign with his brother.
He emphasized the Vice President's responsibility to guide his team and not be misled.
“I want you to run a clean campaign with your brother. You are a fine gentleman, and everybody knows that, so don't let your team mislead you,” the Ya-Na stated.
“Lead them, and don't let them lead you else you have wasted all their efforts.”