NPP race: Group pays ¢50k to pick forms for Bawumia as a 'surprise'
A group has fully paid for and picked flag bearer nomination forms of the governing New Patriotic Party, for Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and intends presenting the documents to the flag bearer aspirant, as a surprise at the Jubilee House.
The group, whose leader, Ntim Jakari, told journalists they did all that on the vice president’s blindside, said they believe Dr Bawumia must lead the NPP into the 2024 general elections to break the eight-year political cycle of change.
They displayed a GCB Bank cheque for GH¢50,000 with which they bought the forms for the vice president.
Mr Jakari told journalists: "The Bawumia Fun Club decided that we will pay and go and present it to their father and our president-to-be".
"He is not aware we are doing this", he claimed, adding: "We are taking him by surprise".
"After payment, we are going to the Jubilee House to present it to him", he said.
NPP flag bearer aspirants can start picking forms today at GH¢50k
The NPP opened nominations from today, Friday, 26 May 2023 until Saturday, 24 June 2023.
The party made the announcement in a statement signed by General Secretary Justin Kodua Frimpong.
Each aspirant is to pay GH¢50,000 for the forms.
Apart from Dr Bawumia, the other aspirants include former trades minister Alan Kyerematen, Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong, Essikado-Ketan MP Joe Ghartey and the party’s former general secretary Kwabena Agyepong are vying for the slot.
The rest are former energy minister Boakye Agyarko, former minister of agriculture Owusu Afriyie Akoto, former minister of regional cooperation and NEPAD Kofi Konadu Apraku and former Mampong MP Francis Addai-Nimoh.
Below is the party’s full statement on the nominations
For Immediate Release
May 25, 2023
NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY (NPP) OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), at its National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Council meetings held on Monday, April 3, 2023, approved the timelines for holding the party’s presidential primaries as follows:
Opening of Nominations – Friday, May 26, 2023
Closing of Nominations – Saturday, June 24, 2023
Special Electoral College Elections (if any) – Saturday, August 26, 2023
National Congress – Saturday, November 4, 2023.
Pursuant to the National Council timelines, the Party hereby announces, the opening of nomination for the presidential primary election.
Nomination forms shall be obtained from the Office of the General Secretary at the party headquarters, Asylum Down, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday).
Consequently, an aspiring presidential candidate shall obtain the nomination forms after payment of a non-refundable nomination fee of Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢50, 000.00) only, through a banker’s draft issued to the New Patriotic Party, national headquarters, Accra, as payee.
The Party is determined to hold a free, fair, transparent and a peaceful presidential primary election, and urges all stakeholders to help make this a reality.
JUSTIN KODUA FRIMPONG
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