Ghana’s Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been declared the winner of the New Patriotic Party’s flagbearership race.
Bawumia won the NPP Presidential Primaries on Saturday, November 4, with 118,210 votes, representing 61.47% of the total valid votes cast. His rival Kennedy Agyapong came very close with 71,996 votes.
In his acceptance speech, Bawumia said the position he seeks ‘needs to be earned’ and that he is the ‘right man for the job’.
“I stand here in celebration but the real work starts now,” he said.
“I have no intention of slowing down. I will get right back to work; sit down with Ghanaians from all walks of life. From civil society and student organisations to young professionals, stakeholders in the business community and religious leadership.”
He continued: “The position I seek needs to be earned. And I intend to show every single voter, from the farmer to the financial head, that I am the right man for the job. I will listen to your concerns and answer your questions.”
Kennedy Agyapong also conceded defeat and said the election was free and fair.
“I believe the party has been fair and transparent. That is the only thing I have always been preaching. And I must admit that this election is fair,” Mr. Agyapong said.
He called for unity and asked party members to put everything behind them and move forward.
“My grassroots have spoken and therefore I accept the results in good faith. I pledge my support that we are going to work tirelessly to break the 8.
We should put everything behind us and let’s unite this party. With unity, we can break the 8,” he concluded.
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