The struggle for who to replace President Akufo-Addo in the New Patriotic Party (NDC) as his tenure expires in the next four years, the Northern Regional Secretariat of the party have openly declared their support for Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to lead the party in 2024.
According to the regional leadership of the party, their decision to openly rally behind the Vice President was that he had distinguished himself over the past years that largely brought the party to power.
The group said when given the nod as the flagbearer of the NPP, Bawumia will give the party a resounding victory in the 2024 general elections.
The Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, Mr Mohammed Baantima Samba who announced this said, “the NPP currently want somebody who can lead us to break the 8 years string in 2024 and so far Dr Bawumia has demonstrated his capabilities as a person who can to lead us to victory.
“Dr Bawumia has done a great job for the government and the party especially in the 2016 and 2020 elections, he has increased the Northern votes which is a clear sign that if he is given the opportunity, he can lead the party to retain power in 2024” he stated.
Mr Samba made the open declaration at the final funeral rites of the late Upper East Regional Youth Organiser of the NPP, Mr Solomon Latif at Bongo in the Upper East Region last Sunday.
Mr Solomon who was born in May 1978 passed on at the Tamale Teaching Hospital in the Northern Region on Friday, May 14, 2021 after battling with a short illness.
In attendance of the funeral were Dr Bawumia, Minister for the Interior Mr Ambrose Dery, Deputy Minister for Transport Mr Hassan Tampuli, Deputy Minister of Works and Housing Abdulai Abanga, Deputy Majority Chief Whip, Member of Parliament for Tolon Mr Habib Iddrisu, Council of Elders Member Sule Yerimia, national and regional executives of the party.
The Vice President who attended the funeral on behalf of the President expressed his sadness over the demise of the late Regional Youth Organiser, describing him as a young man who had love for the party and contributed greatly to its success.
He prayed for the soul to rest in eternal life and assured the family that the party would cater for the children deceased left behind.
Mr Samba said the time has come for members of the NPP to look beyond ethnicity and self-interests and support the Vice President to continue from President Akufo-Addo.
“Right now our main agenda is breaking the eight years in 2024 and that can be achieved only if we collectively support someone who is well marketed and can unite the rank and file of the party”.
He intimated that considering the current political dispensation, any attempt to “set aside Dr. Bawumia would spell an electoral disaster for the NPP in 2024.”
The Regional Chairman, therefore, called on the rank and file of the NPP to rally behind the Vice President to improve on the fortunes of the party in the next elections.
On his party, the Deputy Northern Secretary of NPP, Mr Yussif Danjumah said “if we want to break the eight then it means that we have to support the Vice President and the Northern Region NPP is solidly behind him for the utmost interest of the party.
“When you look at NPP, our tradition is Danquah, Busia and Dombo. Now it is the turn of the Dombo’s to lead,” he noted.