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Akufo-Addo confident Bawumia will ‘inflict a successful defeat on Mahama’ in 2024

By Vincent Ashitey
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President Akufo-Addo has congratulated Mahamudu Bawumia on his election as the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2024 polls.

Speaking to NPP supporters at the Accra Sports Stadium, Akufo-Addo expressed confidence in the Bawumia in leading the NPP to victory in 2024.

He appealed to party members to work together to ensure that former President John Mahama does not win the 2024 elections.

“I am passing on the flagbearer role of our party after you have honoured me to lead this party, and you have allowed me to serve this great party. I cannot forget. I have done my best, but I am still left with one thing to do, and that is to help elect Bawumia as president. So let us pull together to ensure [John] Mahama does not return to power.”

“I am confident Bawumia will be able to unite this party, with the help of the other three contestants, to inflict a successful defeat on Mahama.”

Certified results released by Deputy Commissioner of the Electoral Commission, Siriboe Quaicoe, showed that Dr Bawumia secured 118,210 votes, representing 61.47%, while his closest competitor, Mr Agyapong, garnered 71,996 votes, representing 37.41%. Dr. Afriyie Akoto and Addai-Nimoh secured 1,459 and 731 votes, respectively.

A total of 192,446 delegates participated in the presidential primary, with a turnout of 94.63%. While Dr Bawumia was expected to win, he fell short of the 80% target set by his campaign team.

Dr Bawumia's victory marks a historic moment, as he becomes the first non-Akan to lead the NPP into a general election.