The outcome of the NPP presidential polls according to Professor Ransford Gyampo is a “defeat with a taste of victory” for Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.
He says the performance of the Assin Central lawmaker, even though he lost, deserves to be applauded.
His reason, he told Alfred Ocansey on TV3, during the coverage of the NPP presidential poll that, a lot of people “touted and predicted 80 per cent-plus of the votes that was supposed to be garnered by Dr. Bawumia is going to be anything of the reality.”
He adds that, “nobody right from the beginning gave Ken Agyapong that dog chance” and how far he has been able to perform at the election, “then it’s a certain defeat for the Vice President even though he has won.”
He explains further that Ken Agyapong’s ability to “beat the establishment candidate in several areas and the kind of show he has been able to put up” despite joining the contest late is something commendable.
According to him, Ken Agyapong’s idea of contesting in the poll was an afterthought and not something he thought through from the beginning, which would have made him a serious force to reckon with.
Prof. Gyampo asserted further that the Assin Central MP would have done better if he had entered the race earlier, applauding his performance that “he did not embarass himself.”
The race for the NPP flag bearer slot started with 10 candidates who were trimmed to 5 according to the party’s constitution which allows them to reduce the number to five before the main primary takes place if more than five persons are contesting.
After a super delegates’ conference on August 26, five candidates qualified for the race with two of them having a tie at the fifth position.
Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko pulled out of the tie break contest for his discontentment with the modalities which the party leadership adopted, leaving Francis Addai-Nimoh to join the top four.
However, the candidate who placed third, Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, pulled out of the contest over what he described as lack of level playing field for the actors and subsequently resigned from the NPP.
He is now campaigning under a butterfly movement he he formed after his resignation to contest as an independent candidate.