Professor Kobby Mensah explains why Bawumia is delaying announcing NAPO as his running mate

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia play the videoDr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

Political marketing expert Professor Kobby Mensah has stated that it is only a matter of time before New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer Dr Mahamudu Bawumia officially appoints the Minister of Energy and Member of Parliament (MP) of South Manhyia. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (NAPO), as his running mate.

During an interview on Radio Gold on June 22, 2024, Professor Mensah stated that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is likely to select the Minister of Energy as the NPP Vice Presidential candidate for the December 7, 2024 elections, unless there are unexpected changes. .

He explained that the delay in revealing NAPO as the running mate is due to two main reasons, one is the interest of prominent political figures within the PNP in who should be the running mate.

“Barring last-minute hiccups, almost everyone in this country, especially political observers, has proposed NAPO as a running mate. I think the sticking point, or perhaps the reason it’s taking too long, is that there are there were too many interests; obviously some key figures had their preferences, so the PNP standard bearer was struggling to name his running mate,” he said.

Professor Mensah, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, also mentioned that the teams of the Vice President and the Minister of Energy are currently working to establish a strong working relationship.

He highlighted the importance of ensuring a harmonious working dynamic between Dr Bawumia and NAPO, given their different personalities.

“Another sticking point is also the working relationship… no one would have to argue that NAPO is very ambitious; he has a lot of drive, he is a very, very actionable person. Now, there is a huge contrast between him and the standard bearer. (Dr . Bawumia).

“So if you want to work as both a running mate and a running mate, you need a very solid strategy in terms of how you’re going to work with both of them,” he said.

Watch Professor Mensah’s full comments in the video below (starting at 15:00).


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