There is a seeming tension among members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members in the Ashanti region as to who will become the running mate to the newly elected flagbearer of the party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Supporters of the two leading contenders for the slot, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh; and the Minister for Energy, and Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum have been at the neck of each other post the presidential elections which saw Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia emerge as the flagbearer of the New Patriotic party ahead of the 2024 presidential elections.
The clash between supporters of two prominent figures, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has not only exposed internal divisions but has also raised concerns about the party’s stability in the region. Various stalwarts of the party in the Ashanti Region have begun strongly advocating for the party to look beyond the two leading contenders to preserve the peace and unity in the region ahead of the elections
Voices from within the region are calling for a more neutral candidate to be considered for the position, with Deputy Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Ejisu, Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah, emerging as a potential unifying figure.
The option of Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah sounds more appealing to power brokers who are of the view that his strong affinity with the Christian community and his job creation prowess hold a lot of potential that can exploited.