The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP, of favoring some candidates over others in its support decisions for alleged presidential hopefuls.
In remarks that appeared to suggest Vice President Mahammudu Bawumia had benefited from an unjust application of the party rules, he questioned why supporters of other contestants were penalized with suspension and dismissals while Bawumia’s followers were ‘absolved.’
“Everyone is campaigning, so it’s grown a little strange.” People are campaigning for the Vice President, Mr. Alan Kyerematen, and Boakye Agyarko, both of whom are well-known.
“How come certain people are dismissed while they help other people?” Other folks are not disregarded when they help others? “How did that happen?” Pratt was interviewed on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana program on January 13, 2022.
He referenced the NPP’s November 2021 conference, where he said Bawumia’s followers, whom he characterized as an army of Ashanti MPs, had escorted him into the arena and openly supported his yet-to-be-announced ambition, but that they had all ‘escaped’ punishment.
“If you look at what happened in Kumasi during the New Patriotic Party’s conference or congress, it says volumes.” Some argue that the sitting Vice President benefits from incumbency, but I believe this is incorrect.
“How is that related to incumbency if you look at what happened in Kumasi, when he was pursued by an army of Ashanti MPs?”
“And then, after following him… some of them actually made public declarations claiming that the sitting Vice President has won Ashanti, claiming that the fact that he is being followed by Ashanti MPs means he has won Ashanti.”
“At the same time, Boakye Agyarko and his supporters came to a halt. There are rumors about Alan’s absence, but we don’t know why he wasn’t there.
“This does not provide the impression of a level playing field.” That there is some form of manipulation aimed at favoring one candidate, and I believe it is unjust,” he said of the NPP, which he defined as a public group desiring power to the extent that it can win elections and become managers of Ghanaians’ lives and futures.
President Akufo-Addo is serving his second and last term, and the NPP is preparing to nominate a presidential candidate for the 2024 elections.
Akufo-Addo has already urged all aspirants against allowing their ambitions to obstruct the government’s mission.
The party has also warned against any type of campaigning in the run-up to the next flagbearership elections, which are set to take place next year.