Pollster, Ben Ephson has tipped Dr. Bawumia for the flagbearer position of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He predicted a possible win for the Vice President in the upcoming NPP flagbearer election.
According to him, Dr. Bawumia will benefit from former president Kufour’s comment about him (Dr. Bawumia) being a true son and wishing him to stand tall among his contemporaries.
To him, the particular comment from President Kufour has debunked the claim that his camp supports Alan Kyeremateng.
Mr. Ephson further intimated that the fact that President Kufuor accepted the invitation and attended the Vice President’s program will impact his campaign because of the speculated reports of the two not being on good terms.
“The two frontrunners are obviously Alan Kyerematen and Bawumia. People expect that the Kufuor camp still supports whole-heartedly Kyerematen…I’m not saying he is not supporting Kyerematen but Kufuor’s comments virtually give an injection to Bawumia’s acceptability amongst elderly people who will follow President Kufuor and his choices. It is obviously a positive for Vice-President Bawumia.
“You need to bear it in mind that Kufuor could have refused to attend the function. There’ve been innuendos of Kufuor and Bawumia not being on good terms. So from what we’ve been picking up, I interpret this as more of a positive, a plus for Bawumia’s campaign,” he stated.
Speaking on The Big Bulletin Show on the Accra-based Asaase radio, monitored by this portal, he stressed that Alan Kyeremateng is likely to place third after Ken Agyapong if the three candidates finally file to contest.
His reason is that people know Ken Agyapong more than Alan Kyeremateng in terms of their political works.
“I think Kennedy Agyapong has entered the race and if [I’m telling you exclusively] he meets Alan Kyerematen to third place, don’t be surprised because this is an election by people within the party, Alan Kyerematen peaked 15 years; so if you are a delegate and you are below forty years you might not remember Alan.
“Kennedy Agyapong has been a Member of Parliament and this is his sixth term; don’t be surprised if Alan places third and Kennedy places second. I’ve interpreted this because I know what is going round and this [Kufuor’s comments] is a jab in the arm for Bawumia,” he emphasised.