NPP members prefer NAPO as Bawumia’s running mate – NIB survey reveals

A survey by the National Investigation Bureau (NIB) has indicated that Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Energy Minister, is widely preferred among party members to be the running mate to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

The survey engaged 5,116 NPP delegates nationwide, including national, regional, constituency, and polling station executives.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh secured 76.2% of the responses from executives polled. Following him was the Minister of Education and MP for Bosomtwe, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, who garnered 10.16%.

Other notable personalities considered for the role include Apostle Opoku Onyinah, former Chairman of the Pentecost Church-Ghana, and Bryan Acheampong, the Minister of Agriculture and MP for Abetifi Constituency.

With the 2024 general election barely six months away, Dr. Bawumia faces the challenge of choosing among some bigwigs of the party.

The survey revealed a strong consensus that the running mate should be selected from the Ashanti Region.

According to the NIB report, approximately 84% of respondents believed Mr. Opoku Prempeh is the ideal running mate for Dr. Bawumia due to his charisma and popularity among party members.

Nonetheless, the NIB's recommendation warned the flagbearer to be cautious in selecting Dr. Prempeh.

"Given Dr. Prempeh’s current role as the Minister of Energy, the ongoing power crises in Ghana could impact his candidacy. Therefore, the government may need to implement necessary measures to solidify his competence in managing the energy sector, thereby enhancing the party’s prospects in the 2024 general elections," the report advised.

The flagbearer of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia recently concluded his 'Bold Solutions' tour accross the country.

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