Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong, Secretary-General of the National Democratic Party (NDP), has indicated that Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, the party's founder, may not be the flagbearer for the 2024 Presidential election.
Frimpong emphasized that the party is not fixated on Mrs. Rawlings solely because she founded the party, opening the door for other members to express interest and compete for the leadership role.
“The discussions that we are holding on the ground will at the end of the day generate who will best fit into our process. She might not necessarily come as the flagbearer at all.
We are not fixated on her as the flagbearer,” stated Alhaji Frimpong in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.
He cited both the lack of enthusiasm from Mrs. Rawlings to lead the party into the December election and the absence of substantial support for her nomination in party forums as factors contributing to the likelihood of her not being the flagbearer.
Alhaji Frimpong mentioned that in the 2020 elections, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings nearly lost her attempt to lead the party, and current discussions indicate a preference for a new face to oversee the party's affairs.
“It may not be her because she has not pitched her interest above the discussion on the ground.
In 2020 she nearly missed out, you know, but finally, the discussion ticked in her favour, so this time around if I look at the tempo of what is going on, it is more than likely that she might even not be the one,” he explained.
The Secretary-General disclosed that the party aims to conclude internal elections by March, facilitating the selection of a flagbearer for the 2024 elections.
Despite challenges like insufficient resources slowing down the process, Alhaji Frimpong assured that the NDP is actively securing funds to complete the necessary internal procedures.
He encouraged Ghanaians to base their decisions on strong leadership rather than political affiliations and biases as the party prepares for the upcoming elections.