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NPP’s National Council Unanimously Approves Bawumia’s Running-Mate Choice

Opoku Prempeh's selection was long anticipated. Speculations had been rife, as polls that followed confirmed it all.

The National Council of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has approved Energy Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, as the running mate of presidential candidate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, paving the way for an official unveiling next week.

Leaders of the party met at its headquarters on Thursday afternoon to address the press about its decision.

“He brings to us a bold, confident, hardworking, result-driven, decisive, grassroots mobilizer, charismatic, and incorruptible person. That implies who Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh is,” party General Secretary, Justin Kodua said.

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Opoku Prempeh’s selection was long anticipated. Speculations had been rife, as polls that followed confirmed it all.

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Ahead of his announcement as Vice-Presidential candidate, Dr. Bawumia earlier this week held consultations with Dr. Opoku Prempeh and the Ashanti NPP Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, to resolve differences between the two as the party banks on a united front towards the December polls.

Some Facts About Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh: 

  1. Born in Kumasi on Friday, May 23, 1968; 

 2. ‘NAPO’ is the short form of his traditional name, Nana Poku;  

3. Grew up in Apagyafie, Ashanti New Town (Ashtown), Kumasi.   

4. Father: Oheneba Kwame Kyeretwie (Late Apagyahene)   

5. Paternal Grandfather: Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyemang Prempeh II, (Late Asantehene). Grandson of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Asantehene; Grandnephew of Former President J A Kufuor and former Defence Minister Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor;  

6. Had KG and Primary Education @ KNUST Primary School, Kumasi;  

7. Attended Prempeh College, Kumasi, for his ‘O and A’ levels (1980-1987);  

8. Was Assistant House Prefect of Guggisberg House, Prempeh College and Scripture Union (S.U) President (still an S.U patron);  

9. Broke the jinx in Chemistry@ Prempeh College. His record A in Advanced Level Chemistry, was only broken after almost ten years;   

10. A staunch Christian – Anglican. He also worships at Makers House Chapel International.

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