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Stop Bawumia from Choosing NAPO as Running Mate – Walewale Youth Group Appeal to Chief

The group argues that the character, demeanour and personality of the Energy Minister at variance with the values of Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and the New Patriotic Party.

A pro-NPP group, Walewale Youth Warriors, has appealed to the Overlord of the Mamprugu Paramountcy, to persuade the Vice President and the Flagbearer of the party Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, not to consider the Energy Minister and MP for Manhyia South, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, for the running mate slot.

The group argues that the character, demeanour, and personality of the Energy Minister at variance with the values of Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and the New Patriotic Party.

They indicate further that any attempt to select Dr Opoku Prempeh will pose serious dangers to the chances of the NPP ‘breaking the 8’ and Dr Bawumia making history by being the first northern President under the NPP.

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The call by the group comes at the heels of a recent outburst by the Energy Minister about the recent power challenges during an interview with journalists in Kumasi at the sidelines of the Ashanti Regional NPP Campaign launch held over the weekend at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).


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Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has come under a barrage of criticisms following that comment with a cross-section of the public describing it as insensitive.

According to the northern-based NPP group, the Energy Minister’s action was a clear demonstration of leadership failure, having capitulated at the least provocation.

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“This attitude, certainly cannot inure to the benefit of the electoral fortunes of our dear party, the Vice President is trying hard to win the hearts of many Ghanaians having outlined all the fantastic vision and programmes but people like Dr. Napo are making the work very difficult for him. Such a character can never be an effective running mate” the group argued.

They are therefore appealing to the venerable Overlord of the Mamprugu Traditional Area, Naa Bohaga Mahami Abdulai Sheriga, to intervene by prevailing upon the Vice President to rescind any potential move to consider Dr. Napo for the running slot.

“We have no problem at all with selecting an Akan or an Asante but certainly not this Energy Minister, his actions are at variance with the Presidential Candidate, he will not add anything but a liability to our cause of Breaking the 8” they warned.

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