Flag bearer aspirant Alan Kyerematen is expected to pick his nomination form today, Wednesday, 31 May 2023, at the headquarters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mr Kyerematen resigned as trades minister to run the race.
He is seen by political pundits as one of the frontrunners, the other being Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, who picked his form on Tuesday.
Speaking publicly about his aspiration for the first time, Dr Bawumia said he will win the flag bearer race set for November 2023.
After scaling that first hurdle, Dr Bawumia believes he would win the 2024 presidential election and then become the next president of Ghana after his boss Nana Akufo-Addo.
At a meeting with NPP supporters in Hohoe at the weekend, Dr Bawumia, who has, all along, been silent on his ambition until his recent meeting with the majority caucus, at which he first made the announcement to run for office, said: “I want you to know that I appreciate your support.”
“We are going to break the 8,” he proclaimed.”First of all, we are going to file for the flagbearership [race], which I’m going to do, win the flagbearership, break the 8, and go to Jubilee House.”
“That is what I’m going to do,” Dr Bawumia said.
NPP flag bearer aspirants started picking forms from Friday, 26 May 2023, after the party opened nominations on that day up until Saturday, 24 June 2023.
The party made the announcement in a statement signed by General Secretary Justin Kodua Frimpong.
Each aspirant is to pay GH¢50,000 for the forms.
Apart from Dr Bawumia and Mr Kyerematen, the other aspirants include Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong, Essikado-Ketan MP Joe Ghartey and the party’s former general secretary Kwabena Agyepong.
The rest are former Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko, former Minister of Agriculture Owusu Afriyie Akoto, former Minister of Regional Cooperation and NEPAD Kofi Konadu Apraku and former Mampong MP Francis Addai-Nimoh.