The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ghana is a political party that has been integral to the country’s democracy since its inception in 1992. As the party prepares for the upcoming presidential election, two names have emerged as potential flag-bearer hopefuls: Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the current Vice President, and Kennedy Agyepong, a businessman and Member of Parliament. In this article, we will compare their credibility, integrity, and chances of winning.
Credibility is one of the most important factors in politics. Dr. Bawumia is a highly respected economist with a strong academic background. He holds a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada and has worked as a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has also served as the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana. Dr. Bawumia’s experience and expertise in economics give him a strong foundation to lead Ghana’s economic development. On the other hand, Kennedy Agyepong, while being a successful businessman, does not have the same level of academic and professional credentials as Dr. Bawumia.
Integrity is another essential factor in politics, and both Dr. Bawumia and Kennedy Agyepong have had their fair share of controversies. However, Dr. Bawumia’s record is relatively clean compared to Agyepong’s. Agyepong has been accused of making inflammatory statements and engaging in violent behavior. In contrast, Dr. Bawumia has been a vocal advocate for good governance, accountability, and transparency though practices the other.
He has been a leading voice in the fight against corruption in Ghana, and his efforts have earned him respect from across the political spectrum.
When it comes to the chances of winning, Dr. Bawumia is the clear frontrunner. He has been a loyal member of the NPP for many years and has served in various leadership positions within the party. He has also been a key figure in the NPP’s campaign strategy, leading the party’s economic message in the 2016 and 2020 elections. His role as Vice President has also given him significant visibility and influence. His popularity and track record make him a strong candidate for the NPP’s flag-bearer position.
Kennedy Agyepong, while a charismatic figure, has a more limited appeal. His controversial statements and actions have made him a polarizing figure in Ghanaian politics. While he has a loyal following among some elements of the party’s grassroots, he is unlikely to attract the broader coalition of voters needed to win a presidential election.
In conclusion, while both Dr. Bawumia and Kennedy Agyepong have their strengths and weaknesses, Dr. Bawumia is the clear choice for the NPP’s flag-bearer position. His credibility, integrity, and chances of winning are far superior to those of Agyepong. However, the NPP’s decision ultimately rests with the party’s delegates, who will have to weigh all the factors before making their choice.
By: Frank Kwame Abbor
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