Bawumia Thanks God and Delegates for His Victory in NPP Super Delegates Conference

Russell Nketiah Tannor

Bawumia Thanks God and Delegates for His Victory in NPP Super Delegates Conference
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of Ghana, has expressed his gratitude to God and the delegates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for giving him a resounding victory in the Super Delegates Conference held on Saturday, August 26, 2023.

The Super Delegates Conference was held to select the top five candidates out of the 10 aspirants who were vying for the NPP flagbearer slot for the 2024 general elections. Dr. Bawumia emerged as the clear winner of the conference, securing a commanding lead over his nine opponents. He polled 629 out of the total valid votes cast, representing 59.8% of the votes.

He was followed by Alan Kyerematen, the former Minister of Trade and Industry, who garnered 95 votes (9.0%), and Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, who obtained 132 votes (12.6%). The other two candidates who made it to the top five were Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the former Minister of Food and Agriculture, who got 40 votes (3.8%), and Francis Addai Nimoh, a former MP for Mampong, who tied with Boakye Agyarko, a former Minister of Energy, with nine votes each (0.9%). The two will face a runoff to determine who will join the top four for the final round of voting.

Speaking to his supporters and the media after the declaration of the results, Dr. Bawumia said he was humbled and honoured by the overwhelming endorsement he received from the delegates. He said his victory was a testament to his hard work and loyalty to the party and the President, Nana Akufo-Addo.

He also said his victory was a sign of God's favour and grace upon his life, as he recalled how some people doubted his chances of becoming the flagbearer of the NPP. He said he had faced many challenges and obstacles in his political journey, but he never gave up on his dream.

"They thought it was not possible, but by the grace of God, it is possible," he said³. "I thank God for this day. I thank God for making me see this day. I thank God for giving me this opportunity to serve my party and my country."

He also thanked his wife, Samira Bawumia, his family, his campaign team, and his supporters for their prayers and support throughout his campaign. He said he was grateful for their sacrifices and contributions to his success.

He further thanked his fellow aspirants for putting up a good fight and showing maturity and decorum during the campaign. He said they were all competent and patriotic individuals who had a lot to offer to the party and the nation. He appealed to them to accept the results in good faith and rally behind him for the final contest.

He also called on all members and supporters of the NPP to unite and work together for the common goal of retaining power in 2024. He said he was ready to work with everyone to ensure that the party delivered on its promises to Ghanaians and continued the legacy of President Akufo-Addo.

"I am not here to divide or discriminate against anyone. I am here to serve and lead everyone. I am here to build on what President Akufo-Addo has started. I am here to take Ghana to the next level of development," he said³.

Dr. Bawumia will face off with the other four candidates in another round of voting at the National Delegate Conference on November 4, 2023, where over 200,000 delegates will decide who will lead the party into the next polls. The winner will face off with former President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who has already been confirmed as his party's candidate.

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