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NPP Flagbearer Race: 10 Aspirants File to Contest for Party’s Leadership

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) concluded the filing of nomination forms for its flagbearer race on Saturday, June 24. Out of the eleven aspirants who obtained forms, ten have submitted their fully completed documents, marking the next phase in the NPP’s quest to find a flagbearer for the 2024 elections. Joe Ghartey, former Minister for Railways and Member of Parliament for Essikado-Ketan, was the final candidate to submit his forms just before the deadline.

Alan Kyerematen, a former Minister of Trade and Industry, was the first to return his forms and is considered one of the leading contenders, alongside Kennedy Agyapong and Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia. The NPP commenced the nomination process for its presidential primary on May 26, 2023. The subsequent step involves vetting the aspirants by a committee chaired by former Speaker of Parliament, Aaron Mike Ocquaye.

The Party has scheduled Special Elections for August 26 to narrow down the number of aspirants to five, leading up to the November 4 showdown. At this event, a National Conference will be held to select the NPP’s flagbearer for the 2024 general election. The following individuals have filed their nominations:

  1. Mr. Kennedy Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin Central.
  2. Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, former General Secretary of the NPP.
  3. Mr. Kwadwo Poku, an Energy Expert.
  4. Mr. Alan Kyerematen, former Minister of Trade and Industry.
  5. Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
  6. Mr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, former Minister of Food and Agriculture.
  7. Mr. Boakye Agyarko, former Minister of Energy.
  8. Mr. Edward Addai-Nimo, former Member of Parliament for Asante Mampong.
  9. Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, Economist.
  10. Nana Oppong, former transport officer at the presidency.

Eric Sekyi Nketia, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), is reported to have officially withdrawn his candidacy.

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