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NPP elects Bawumia as flagbearer to face Mahama, others in 2024

By Vincent Ashitey
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Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia emerged as the winner of Saturday's presidential primary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Bawumia polled 118210 votes representing 61.47% to beat off competition from Kennedy Agyapong Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, a former Minister for Agriculture and former Mampong MP, Francis Addai-Nimoh.

His closest contender Mr Agyapong polled 71,996 votes representing 37.41%.

Dr. Afriyie Akoto who placed a distant third polled 1,459 votes representing 0.76% while Addai-Nimoh garnered a meagre 731 representing 0.41%.

The Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission, Dr Serebour Quiacoe announced the results on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

A total of 192 446 delegates voted in Saturday’s presidential primary. The total valid votes were 193, 346 with 900 votes rejected. Turn out was 94.63%.

Bawumia had stressed that he is the best, among the four aspirants seeking to lead the NPP in 2024, to lead the party to victory.

Interacting with the media at his residence in Accra Thursday afternoon, ahead of Saturday's election by the NPP, to elect a new flagbearer, Dr. Bawumia expressed strong optimism that he will be endorsed by party delegates to lead the party after his fruitful, nationwide engagements with delegates.

"By the grace of God, l have brought my campaign, the visits to the NPP delegates in their constituencies to an end. Every constituency has been a home for me for the past 15 years, and for this particular campaign, my mission was simple; to let the delegates know why I represent the NPP's best chance of breaking the 8 in next year's presidential election, if I am elected the party's flagbearer," Dr. Bawumia said.