Top NPP men who won’t vote for Akufo-Addo

While Nana Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, is highly favoured among members of the party to win the Wednesday’s presidential election on his third attempt, there are some disgruntled top party members who are not likely to vote for him.

1. Paul Afoko

Top NPP politicians who won’t vote for Akufo-Addo in December
The former national chairman of the NPP is still angry at how he booted out by party. He has challenged the decision in court, and potentially sees an Akufo-Addo victory as a death sentence to his political career. The probability that he will not vote for Akufo-Addo is very high.

2. Kwabena Agyapong

Top NPP politicians who won’t vote for Akufo-Addo in December

Like Afoko, Agyapong was removed from his position as general secretary of the party based on allegations that he was colluding with others to sabotage the presidential ambition of Akufo-Addo. He denied the allegations but failed to go to court to challenge his removal. However, it is no secret that he is aggrieved and will not likely vote for Akufo-Addo.

3. Sammy Crabbe

Top NPP politicians who won’t vote for Akufo-Addo in December
He is a member of the famous “Gang of Three”, including Afoko and Agyapong, which was removed from executive positions within the party for allegedly conspiring to sabotage Akufo-Addo.

Crabbe was ousted as second vice-chairman and has been fighting the suspension in court since. He is not likely to vote for Akufo-Addo.

4. Dr Arthur Kennedy

Top NPP politicians who won’t vote for Akufo-Addo in December
He stated recently that he would never worship Akufo-Addo because he was not God. He has been so fiercely critical of Akufo-Addo, saying that under his leadership a dictatorship has taken hold within the party. He is not likely to vote for the 72-year-old.

5. Charles Wereko-Brobby

Top NPP politicians who won’t vote for Akufo-Addo in December
He was suspended by the party for “exhibiting behaviour that put the party’s image into disrepute”. He has been a persistent critic of Akufo-Addo since 2012. He has also been accused of being too close to the Mahama administration. Some say he has won state contracts worth millions. He is not likely to vote Akufo-Addo.

6. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe

The founder-member of the party has had nothing but harsh criticism for the Akufo-Addo since 2012. He recently told the media that Akufo-Addo will lose the elections in December. He is not likely to vote for Akufo-Addo.

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7.Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, a former Minister of State and a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has suggested that the party will lose the 2016 Presidential Election if Nana Akufo-Addo is elected flagbearer.

Speaking to NPP loyalists and potential delegates in New York last weekend, Kyeremanten said although Nana Addo had represented the party well in the last two elections, he did not appeal to floating voters.

An unusually blunt kyeremanten stressed that the need for the NPP to field a candidate who will, according to him, appeal to the “300[000] and 500,000 people who always decide the final vote”.

The former Ghana Ambassador to the USA said the NPP did not need someone who could easily win party primaries but fail in the national election.
This, he said, was necessary if the party was to win the 2016 elections, adding: “The thought of not winning in 2016 is so frightening that it’s difficult to contemplate.”
Mr Kyeremanten said: “I want to be very upfront…I think that we have our own senior brother, Nana Akufo Addo. He’s represented the party very well on two previous occasions. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it’s not been possible for us to get into power. I think that we must explore other opportunities and that is why I will be putting myself up as a candidate when the nominations open and I am here to seek your support.
“The challenge that we have is not convincing our core voters in the party,” he explained. “… Almost invariably you can imagine that if everything goes well you can expect that our core voters will vote for us. The difference lays in how we convince the swing voters …”
“Let us try to understand the psychology of these swing voters…” he explained.

8. John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor

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