Former Member of Parliament for Kwadaso, Josephine Hilda Addoh, has made claims of an alleged conspiracy within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) involving key figures, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, aiming to propel Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia as the party's presidential candidate after the super delegate congress.
Addoh asserted that the purported strategy hinges on Vice President Bawumia securing over 90 percent of votes in the impending super delegate Congress.
This, she suggests, would lead the party's National Council to forgo the scheduled November 4th national congress, which is intended to designate the party's candidate for the 2024 election.
Speaking during an interview on Abusua FM on August 3, 2023, Addoh conveyed her concerns about the intensified competition within the party's super delegate conference.
She remarked, “We are hearing that Nana Akufo-Addo is pushing Bawumia to humiliate everybody in the super delegate congress, so they would go and inform the National Council that there is no need for November 4th (the main congress) because one person got over 90 percent in the super delegate congress.”
While addressing the situation in Twi, she further emphasized, “… they would say the party (the National Council) should endorse him (Bawumia). But this would be over our dead bodies,” indicating her strong objection to the alleged plan.
Addoh suggested that Bawumia and his supporters may be apprehensive about facing the party's grassroots delegates, who are vital in the national congress elections. She contended,
“The secret is that Bawumia and his team are afraid of the delegates. They don't want the grassroots to participate in the elections, they want only the establishment to choose the next candidate but this is not going to happen.”
The NPP presidential primaries are set to feature ten contenders, with the competition scheduled for August and November 2023. The initial super delegate conference, slated for August 26, 2023, aims to narrow down the list of contenders to five.
Subsequently, the main primaries on November 4, 2023, will determine the party's presidential candidate for the forthcoming 2024 elections.
The roster of candidates encompasses a diverse range of figures, including Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; former Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen; energy expert Kwadwo Poku; Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joe Ghartey; former Minister of Food and Agriculture Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto; former General Secretary of the NPP Kwabena Agyei Agyepong; Assin Central Member of Parliament Kennedy Ohene Agyapong; former Offinso North MP Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku; and former Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko.