Prof. Smart Sarpong of the Kumasi Technical University (KTU) says Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto is the fourth top candidate among the 10 persons aspiring for the flagbearship position of the NPP.
He has ruled out Francis Adai-Nimoh whom other pundits have projected to be among the favourable aspirants to sail through the super delegates conference for the top five.
According to, Mr. Adai-Nimoh’s inability to apply the political strategical retreat at the 2014 presidential primary became the beginning of the end of his flagbearership ambition.
Prof. Sarpong says despite making the top five after the super delegates conference, he should have pulled out just like the others did when it was obvious the choice was then candidate Akufo-Addo. But his quest to still contest nonetheless, cost him the little favour he had among the delegates.
“Adai-Nimo was out of the contest in the 2014 Congress because people strategically pulled out from that primary after the super delegates contest. But after that super delegates conference, Adai-Nimoh said because he made the top 5, he will contest and that was his fall. In politics there is something called political strategical retreat which he refused to do. And after the conference he went to sleep without engaging in anything to keep his fan base,” he explained to Yaa Titi Okrah on Onua FM/TV’s afternoon political talkshow, ‘Pae Mu Ka’ on Thursday, August 24, 2023.
Meanwhile, Prof. Sarpong has been saying Dr. Akoto was able to build some political clout which got him “sons and daughters he mentored who would be there for him as delegates at this time that he needs them.”
He has advised the remaining candidates to work more vigorously to get more political children to support them at such times.
Ten (10) persons are aspiring for the flagbearership position of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) pending the 2024 general elections.
As part of the party’s new regulations, the 10 candidates are going to be trimmed to five through a super delegates conference on Saturday, August 26, 2023.
Pundits have tipped candidates Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, a former Trade and Industry minister, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President with Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, being the top three candidates ahead of the super delegates conference leaving the other seven to contest for the two remaining slots.
Meanwhile, Pollster Ben Ephson says Joe Ghartey, Francis Adai-Nimoh and Boakye Agyarko stand tall among the remaining seven, and a dint of hard work from any two of them will take them to the promised land.