Fandom Competes to Cover Presidential Nomination Fees for Vice President Bawumia
A wave of enthusiasm has swept through Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s fan base as they vie to outdo each other in taking on the GHC50,000 fees for his presidential nomination forms. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) officially initiated the nominations for their forthcoming flagbearership contest on May 26, 2023. On the opening day, four candidates, including former energy minister Mr. Boakye Agyarko, former NPP General Secretary Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, former Member of Parliament Mr. Francis Addai-Nimo, and economist cum corporate executive Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, successfully obtained their nomination forms from the Party’s Headquarters in Asylum Down, Accra.
Initially, reports indicated that the Bawumia Fun Club had secured nomination forms for the vice president. However, Ntim Jakari, the club’s founder, clarified in an interview with GhanaWeb that despite writing a cheque for the full amount, they encountered challenges at the party’s headquarters and were unable to retrieve the forms. Jakari explained that they arrived promptly at 10 a.m. when the office opened, but were informed they needed a draft for payment instead of a cheque. As the club’s national chairman went to acquire the draft, they remained in waiting.
Despite the setback, Madam Abuba Jami, NPP’s Women’s Organizer for the Walewale constituency, came forward and delivered a cheque of GH₵50,000 to cover the nomination form expenses. She expressed her unwavering belief in Dr. Bawumia’s leadership potential, expressing that he is the ideal candidate to guide the party and the nation to greater heights.
In a separate development, Yaw Preko, Deputy Director of Communications at the Presidency, took to Facebook to request the NPP’s National Executives not to issue nomination forms on behalf of the Vice President until he and his friend, Mustapha Hameed, CEO of the National Petroleum Commission, personally purchased them. Preko’s post on May 26, 2023, emphasized that nomination forms should not be given to others until they appeared to buy them.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is prominently positioned among the list of potential candidates ahead of the NPP’s presidential primaries. Although he has yet to formally announce his bid, reports suggest he has engaged in discussions with party stakeholders regarding his aspirations. Additionally, notable figures such as Assin Central MP Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, former trade minister Alan Kyerematen, and former Agric Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto are expected to collect their nominations in the days to come.