Bawumia presents opoku Prempeh as his running mate to Akufo-Addo

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Bawumia presents Opoku Prempeh as his running mate, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has conferred with President Akufo-Addo over his selection of a running mate for the December 7 presidential election.

Bawumia presents Opoku Prempeh as his running mate
Dr. Bawumia and Opoku Prempeh

Elton Brobbey, a JoyNews correspondent covering presidential affairs, reports that a meeting was held at the Jubilee House yesterday night. Vice President Dr. Bawumia made his selection to the President at the conference.

Elton Brobbey explained that Dr. Bawumia’s decision was ultimately approved despite President Akufo-Addo’s advice and ideas being given.

The selected candidate, according to him, is a 56-year-old physician who completed his studies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

“He was elected to the Parliament for the first time in 2008, and he was re-elected in 2012, 2016 and 2020. He was a member of the Parliamentary Health Appointments, Defense, and Interior Committees. He was appointed Education Minister by President Akufo-Addo in 2017, and he is currently the Energy Minister. “Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, popularly known as NAPO, is the name,” he stated.

It’s uncertain if the Vice President’s selection of Dr. Opoku Prempeh as his running mate was affected by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) poll, according to the JoyNews Presidential correspondent.

However, it’s worth noting that the party’s grassroots, a vital part of the party’s structure, seemed to lean towards the Energy Minister.

He continued, saying that Dr. Bawumia had previously announced Dr. Opoku Prempeh as his running mate. This was not shocking even after Dr. Bawumia became victorious in the NPP flagbearership contest.

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The NPP flagbearer is set to formally present his pick, a process that underscores the seriousness of the political decision-making. This presentation is expected to take place during his meeting with the party council. An official announcement will be made after acceptance.

The Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, was overwhelmingly favored by party members to be the running mate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, according to a June 15, 2024, National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) survey.