Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has stated that Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, a presidential candidate aspirant who withdrew from the race at the last minute, has not severed ties with the party. Asiedu Nketiah clarified that Dr. Duffuor supported the party’s parliamentary elections in the Ashanti Region after withdrawing from the presidential race. He emphasized that those questioning how the leadership plans to bring Dr. Duffuor back have no basis for their claims.
Addressing the reports suggesting that Dr. Kwabena Duffuor would not return to the party, Asiedu Nketiah, popularly known as “Mosquito” in politics, explained that Dr. Duffuor has not indicated his departure from the party. He also highlighted that another candidate, Mr. Kojo Bonsu, graciously congratulated former President John Mahama and conceded defeat even before the election results were announced.
Asiedu Nketiah further expressed optimism that Saturday’s elections would contribute to the party’s unity, stating that it would be one of the most peaceful elections, making it easier for them to unite the party compared to previous internal elections.
On May 13, 2023, the NDC conducted Presidential and Parliamentary Primaries nationwide, with former President John Dramani Mahama receiving an overwhelming 98.9% of the total valid votes cast, equivalent to 297,603 votes. Mr. Kojo Bonsu, the former Mayor of Kumasi, secured a mere 1.1% of the votes, totaling 3,181. Dr. Kwabena Duffuor withdrew from the race the day before, citing various reasons