It has become somehow obvious that since the fourth republican constitution, the two main political forces, the NPP and NDC have always exited at the end of their second term in office. This may be due to despondency of their own party members, seemingly lack of ideas or rejection by floating voters.
The NDC as a party has suffered despondency and near disintegration after 2000 general elections the declaration at Swedru term as “Swedru Declaration” by the Late President Jerry John Rawlings supporting the Late Prof. John Fiifi Evans Atta Mills’ candidature which accentuated the victory cry of the NPP that year.
In 2008, NPP suffered a similar fate when then sitting President J A Kufuor backing a candidate which turned out not to be the party’s choice at the Legon Congress.
Even though, the NPP led in first round, it had to loss power painfully to the NDC by a hair’s breadth, the first of its kind in African politics.
As Ghanaians await for the Supreme Court verdict in the ongoing 2020 presidential election petition which with no too distant future, tongues have already been set wagging as to who the successor of Nana Addo would be in the party (NPP), in a manner that would not see a repeat of 2008.
For some of us who have been in this party’s politics in the last two decades, the stakes of 2024 are completely different from those of the dying members of the Kufuor era. This time , the NPP, inadvertently built a solid candidate waiting only to be slotted inn by the delegates with little or no sweat at all for a sweet cruise to a third historic victory.
Bawumia rises to stardom
An Oxford and Simon Fraser University trained economist and banker has established himself not only as an institution in the party but also as a political colossus at the mention whose name the NDC begins to pander.
He burst into the scene as one of the finest technocrats, with little political disposition but has blossomed into a catch-phrase on the lips of all political savvy citizens of this nation in recent times.
A lot has gone into his political development within the last thirteen years to the point that he is unparalleled when it comes to leading the NPP to break the eight year jinx.
This is the man who was able to stayed the course after 2008, even though, he had the opportunity of taking up international engagements when they beckoned. It was no surprise then that the party and candidate settled on him again in 2012 as the running mate of our great party.
Role in Supreme Court 2012/ 2013 election petition
After losing the election again in 2012, his tenacity, his exploits, his intelligence, his eloquence and great composure kept hope alive in party supporters and gave us the strong feeling that we were on our way to winning the first ever election petition.
He stood on his feet for eight good months defending, answering incisive, boring and sometimes irritating questions, from respondents lawyers and members of the bench.
He also became the punching bag for all the NDC communicators when he came out with his innovative lecture series prior to the 2016 elections. These lectures dealt with the NDC campaign in that election as there was no match in the entire NDC to diffuse his overwhelming impact. This was a huge boost to the NPP’s 2016 electioneering campaign and contributed to the massive win of the great party (NPP).
State of the Art, Bawumia
Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is the most technological beacon Vice President in the history of the fourth republic. He is an instrumental in the automation of our ports which is raking in lots of revenues for the State in a ways one would never imagine.
He is the brainchild of the digital property addressing system as well as the GhQR code system, all aimed at removing the bottlenecks in locating people and doing businesses in Ghana. As part of his derived for a technological Ghana, he introduced the GoG project validation and project tracker. The motive is to make known to the citizenry, the number of government projects (completed and ongoing) across the length and breadth of the country, making government more accountable.
There no denying that a good product needs no advertisement and Dr. Bawumia’s stature in the NPP at the moment, makes him stand tall amongst his contestants.
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Umar Nuhu, NABCO
Regional Coordinator and immediate past Regional Communications Director
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