Retired Army Captain Nkrabea Effah Dartey, a senior member of the New Patriotic Party, has taken a neutral stance in the race between Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and Trade Minister Alan Kojo Kyeremanten.
Despite the fact that neither has made an official announcement, the vice president and the trade minister have been considered as front-runners in the contest to succeed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the NPP’s flagbearer.
Captain Effah Dartey disclosed his personal relationship with Alan Kojo Kyeremanten in an interview with Kofi Adomah Nwanwani on Kofi TV, when asked who he will be rooting for in the race between the two.
“I’m very familiar with Alan Kyerematen. He was at Achimota with me, so he knows everything there is to know about me, and I know everything there is to know about him. So, to be honest, I can’t look Alan Kyeremanten in the eyes and say no,” he said.
He was quick to point out, however, that the Vice President is someone he adores and hence cannot refuse his support.
“At the same time, when my illness forced me to seek treatment at 37 Military Hospital, one of the first things Dr Bawumia did after being sworn in as Vice President of Ghana was to arrive there with a motorcade, police, and soldiers, and when asked why, they said Vice President is going to see Captain Effah Dartey.” “It’s an experience I’ll never forget,” he continued.
Captain Effah Dartey stated he appreciates the fact that he is not qualified to vote on who becomes the party’s flagbearer because he was stuck in an embarrassing situation between the two potential candidates.
“When you bring these two up and say Effah Dartey should pick one, by God’s grace, I am not a delegate and do not vote.” Apart from the fact that my vote is secret, I am not a delegate, so we will accept whatever Ghanaians or the NPP elect for us,” he remarked.
Captain Effah Dartey argued that both have the capacity to head the party, as opposed to former President John Dramani Mahama, who is expected to represent the opposition NDC.