Eat ranged founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe says Vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia can not win power to lead the party.
Nyaho Tamakloe is of the opinion that, the structures of the party are inimical to the seeming intention of the Veep to contest for the flagbearership of the NPP.
On TV3′ New Day show monitored by Nsemgh.com, the veteran politician revealed that though he was part of the team that brought Bawumia into politics, he sees the vice president not being his own man.
He further explained that the vice president is seen as a “puppet” of President Akufo-Addo.
“Bawumia…I did an interview. It was a foreign magazine. I will find out if I have a copy and I will show it to you where I made plain that by the structure of our party, Bawumia cannot come to power”
“Bawumia is a fine gentleman. If Bawumia could have had that independent mind and strength and not just always praising what the president has done or has not done, I will have looked at him differently”
“I know Bawumia very well. Indeed, I was one of his backbones when he was elected as [running mate] some years ago when Akufo-Addo told me that…in Akufo-Addo’s own house, he called me aside and said I should support Bawumia because people wanted him to change Bawumia”
“Myself, late Aliu Mahama we gave Bawumia the best protection. We went to his place in Bimbilla…all the way there…Mamprusi area…we traveled with them all over those places”
Even Accra here until finally, I was with Akufo-Addo when we presented him as the running mate to Nana Addo to the leaders of the political party,” he said
The 2024 General elections will be highly competitive as the ruling NPP government will be fielding a new face for the presidential slot as against former president John Mahama, will definitely be on the ballot for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Thus for the NPP, who are yet to elect a flagbearer, choosing between Vice president Bawumia and Tades Minister Alan Kyeremateng, looks like herculean.
The two favourites, would be battling it out with Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto (Agric Minister), Boakye Agyarko (Former Energy Minister), Kennedy Agyapong (Assin Central MP), and Joe Ghartey, former Railways Minister.