Dr. Mohamudu Bawumia, a presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has appealed to party delegates to reject the notion that the party is tribalistic and vote for him to “Break the 8” in the 2024 elections.
Addressing NPP delegates in Tumu ahead of the party's congress on November 4, Dr. Bawumia emphasized his suitability for the presidential candidacy, highlighting that he is the third candidate from the North to contest the party's primary. He pointed to his widespread support across all sixteen regions, asserting that he has what it takes to secure victory in the 2024 elections.
“We in the NPP are trying to do something that has never happened. We are breaking the Eight. When the party opened the nomination, I picked the form so I could break the eight for the New Patriotic Party,” Dr. Bawumia stated.
Refuting claims of tribalism within the NPP, Dr. Bawumia cited historical examples from the party's formation and past elections to demonstrate its diverse and non-tribal nature. He noted that the NPP comprises different political groupings from various regions, reinforcing the party's national identity.
Dr. Bawumia urged delegates to make a statement on November 4, 2023, that the NPP is a national party rather than a tribalistic one. He emphasized the party's commitment to selecting leaders without tribal bias, citing historical instances where Northern and Ashanti candidates competed for leadership positions without tribal considerations.
The vice president underscored his experience in presidential elections and his extensive national marketing as compelling reasons for his candidacy. Dr. Bawumia pledged to provide each constituency with ten appointments and each region with twenty appointments to address government-party discord. He further vowed to create a database of party members' needs.
The NPP's presidential primary will take place in November, and Dr. Bawumia is among the candidates seeking the party's nomination.
Reporting By : Adewale Adejoke