John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen (L) and Kennedy Ohene Agyapong (R)
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Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen and Kennedy Ohene Agyapong are the top three candidates in the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) upcoming presidential primary. There is a school of thought which places Dr. Bawumia and Alan Kyerematen as the two top candidates with one of them likely to become the flagbearer for the NPP.

But Pollster Ben Ephson says the dynamics would change at the November 4 exercise when the final five contest each other to select one to lead the party. To Mr. Ephson, for Alan Kyerematen to perform better than Ken Agyapong would be a surprise to him.

Per a research he made on the party’s primary, the Assin Central Member of Parliament would perform better than the man who has been contesting for the NPP primaries since 2007.

Explaining his reason on Onua FM/TV’s afternoon political talkshow, ‘Pae Mu Ka’ Thursday, August 24, 2023, with Yaa Titi Okrah, Mr. Ephson noted Alan Kyerematen’s failure to enter the House of Legislature has affected his popularity.

He says if he had become a Member of Parliament, it would have propelled his popularity more than being a minister.

He also adds that, Alan Kyerematen’s fame among the 2007 delegates is not has dwindled compared to today since many of the current delegates who are below thirty years were only at age 15 or younger at the time.

“Kennedy Agyapong is known among the current people. When Alan was popular, the delegates who are early 20 early 30 were 15 years so they don’t know him. So, his popularity has dwindled. But if Alan places 2nd at the super delegates, it is normal because a lot of the super delegates are old and know him. So, at the general election [November 4 primary], I’ll be surprised if Alan beats Ken Agyapong. Alan’s failure to pass through Parliament would affect him. His popularity would have surged if he had gone to Parliament,” he said on Pae Mu Ka.

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, Mr. 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.

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