The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) quest to break the 8 in the 2024 presidential election is a possibility when the party presents the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as its candidate, Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Fisheries and Aquaculture minister, has intimated.
Her justification, she indicated, is that, the Vice President can best tell the NPP story in terms of what the Akufo-Addo administration has achieved than any other candidate.
Working with the President for the past seven years, Madam Hawa Koomson said Dr. Bawumia knows where they started from and where they are going, the reason he is the best person to tell Ghanaians why the NPP should be retained in government in 2024.
“Dr. Bawumia is the very one who can break the ‘8’,” she said. “He has worked with President Akufo-Addo for the past eight years. He knows where we started from and where we are now. So he has a story to tell. Apart from Dr. Bawumia, nobody can tell the story of the government, and that is why we are all supporting him.”
She explained further that unlike the notion some people have about the Vice President as not being a decision-maker, she said Bawumia’s recent position restricts him when it comes to making certain decisions and when the full mantle is handed over to him, people will experience his decision making prowess.
“If you say he’s part of the government, yes, but he’s only a vice, he’s supporting the president,” she said, adding “He has no say. When the president is not there, Dr Bawumia cannot chair cabinet meetings, or sign any documents unless the president asks him to do it on his behalf. So when he’s in charge, he can make decisions on his own,” she said on Accra-based Citi TV.
Touting his experience among the candidates, Hawa Koomson predicted a huge margin win for Dr. Bawumia in the November 4 primary saying the support of the party’s grassroots for him would be a contributing factor in his success.
The Vice President will be battling Assin Central lawmaker, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong; a former Food and Agriculture minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto and Francis Addai-Nimoh for the NPP’s flag bearer position in November.
The NPP took over from the National Democratic Congress in 2017 and has been in power for 7 years, seeking to win the next election to stay in power for three terms.