Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has suggested to the rank and file of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to consider a pact between the Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, and the former Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, for the 2024 general elections.
He said the Vice President and the former Trade and Industry Minister are formidable candidates in the NPP race hence the need for some consensus going into the 2023 presidential primary of the party.
He explained that there is an urgent need for some consensus for the Vice President to be the flagbearer with Mr Kyerematen as his running mate or vice versa.
The Suame Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) in the Ashanti Region revealed he had taken the suggestion a notch higher by going to former Chief of Staff Kwadwo Mpiani for more deliberation.
The leader of government business in parliament spoke about the suggestion in an interview on PM Express on Accra-based Joy News Channel on Tuesday, June 13, 2024.
He added that at the residence of the former Chief of Staff, he called for some research to support the claims of a pact between the two.
“I further took the matter to former President John Agyekum Kufuor for discussion and he said the party must be allowed to follow the trend of electing flagbearers”.
“I still believe this must be considered in the party’s interest,” the Suame MP concluded.
Meanwhile, some 11 aspirants have picked forms to contest the primary slated for November 2023.
They are former Minister of Energy Boakye Agyarko; the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, and a former Presidential Spokesperson and General Secretary of the party, Kwabena Agyepong.
The others are Dr Afrieyie Akoto, former Minister of Food and Agriculture; Kwadwo Nsafoah Opoku, an energy expert, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joe Ghartey, who is also the MP for Essikado-Ketan; former MP for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh, former Minister of State Kofi Konadu Apraku, who is also a former MP for Offinso North and Odeneho Nana Oppong, a former Director of Logistics at the office of President