Amid speculations surrounding the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) choice for a running mate in the upcoming 2024 elections, Nana B, a former aide to the Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has asserted that the Ashanti Region deserves consideration for this crucial role.
National Organiser of the NPP, Lawyer Henry Nana Boakye, previously hinted at the possibility of a running mate from the Ashanti Region, emphasizing that competence, personality, and popularity would also be key factors in the decision-making process.
In response to these statements, Nana B argues that while there might not be a deliberate “Ashanti agenda,” the Ashanti Region’s historical significance as the NPP stronghold makes it deserving of representation. He stressed the importance of competence, emphasizing that the region boasts individuals with the necessary skills and experience to effectively support the party’s flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
“There is no Ashanti agenda; there is a competence agenda because whoever is selected must be competent,” Nana B stated, highlighting the caliber of individuals within the Ashanti Region who could fulfill the role of a running mate.
Various names, including Fremah Opare (Chief of Staff), Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh (Energy Minister), Yaw Adutwum (Education Minister), Kyei Mensah Bonsu (Majority Leader), Joseph Osei Owusu (1st Deputy Speaker), and Dr. John Kumah (Deputy Minister of Finance), have been suggested as potential running mates with Ashanti descent. Nana B, however, emphasized that the focus should be on competence rather than ethnicity.
“We told Ghanaians we have the men, and Ashanti has the most competent men and women to help Dr. Bawumia if he so wishes to pick a running mate from the region. All the names that have come up so far are competent names that can do it as far as the Veep role is concerned,” he affirmed.
As the party engages in discussions and considerations for the 2024 elections, the emphasis remains on selecting a candidate who can contribute effectively to the success of the NPP’s electoral campaign.