A founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has said the current Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia cannot become president.

According to him, it will be difficult for Dr. Bawumia to get a pass from the party’s delegates to lead the NPP in the 2024 elections.

He explains that the party structures will not make it possible while noting that Dr. Bawumia has been a praise singer of President Akufo-Addo and not a person of an independent mind.

“I did an interview. I think it was a foreign magazine. I will find out, if I have a copy, I will show it to you. Where I made it plain that by the structure of our party, Bawumia cannot come to power. Bawumia is a fine gentleman but if Bawumia would have had that independent mind and strength and not always praising what the president has done or has not done, I would have looked at him differently,” Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe said in an interview on TV3’s ‘New Day’ Morning Show.

In December last year, Dr. Bawumia said he is confident that the New Patriotic Party will become the first political party in the Fourth Republic to break the eight-year power cycle.

Speaking at the annual national delegates’ conference of the NPP in Kumasi on Sunday, December 19, Dr Bawumia noted that this will however  not come easy.

“I believe if we’re united we shall break the eight. Our success will depend on how we conduct ourselves. We must not take down each other, but rather the NDC whose return will be a disaster for Ghana,” he said.

He added: “The NPP has a solid record of achievement in the Fourth Republic. Our party has become the most important driver of the Ghanaian vision and development agenda.

Though the NPP is yet to announce the presidential primary date, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Trade and Industry Minister, Alan John Kyerematen are reportedly lacing up their boots to compete for the flagbearer slot.

Other names which have popped up include Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto (Agric Minister), Boakye Agyarko (Former Energy Minister), Kennedy Agyapong (Assin Central MP), and Joe Ghartey, former Railways Minister.

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