The top three candidates who emerged after the super delegates’ conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been urged neither to lose hope nor be complacent, Prof. Ransford Edward Van Gyampo of the University of Ghana has encouraged.
The NPP will embark on a national delegates’ conference come November, to elect flagbearer for the 2024 general elections. Ten persons expressed interest in the position but had to be reduced to five through a super delegates conference.
In a statement sharing his observation throughout the pruning last Saturday, Prof. Gyampo congratulated Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, lawmaker Kennedy Agyapong and former minister Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, for coming top on the list after the election by the special electoral college.
He says the delegates who voted for a particular candidate last Saturday can change their minds to vote for other candidate, but urged the delegates to use their conscience on November 4 and allow the current outcome to influence them.
“Those who have just voted can still change their mind towards any direction; no one must be complacent and no one must give up. Delegates at the grassroots must remain fired up to decide who must lead the party according to only their conscience, and never the outcome of the just ended exercise,” he stated.
He continued that, “the future of the NPP Presidential Aspirant race is heavily pregnant with definitely hugely uncertain possibilities. More work must be done by Veep to get to the grassroots; more work must be done by Alan to win more people at the top as he’s likely to put up a better show among the grassroots in November; and Ken, the maverick, must work harder to appeal to both segments of the delegates.”
The political science lecturer analysed the dynamics of the poll, asking neither those on top to be complacent nor those beneath to lose hope.
“Ken also garnered his kind of great show among those who felt they could get his support in terms of money in their future electoral and political endeavors. He could be a kingmaker and would easily nominate some of these guys for positions. But what makes him a serious force in the future is that, he is also a very much grassroots person.
“So, our Veep cannot be complacent because the real kingmakers will be at the grassroots where both Alan and Ken are likely to make huge incursions, according to very scientific data on the NPP delegate preferences. He, Alan and Ken must therefore work harder,” he said.