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Bawumia Runs with Nana Addo in 2012

Dr Bawumia & Nana AddoThe NPP 2008 defeated presidential forerunners are to challenge the embattled NDC candidate and the current sitting-president, Professor Evans John Fiifi Atta-Mills, for Ghana’s highest office, on 7th December this year as the elders of the main opposition overwhelmingly endorse Dr Bawumia.

Before his nomination, Nana Akomea- the NPP’s Director of Communications, had said that “Thursday’s naming would see very little objection, if any, due to the extensive consultation done by the flag-bearer.”

Mustapha Hamid told Joy News on Wednesday that Nana Addo was upbeat about the event and that he is very excited and looks forward to Thursday, 29th day of April 2012, which as JusticeGhana sees it, coincidentally, falls on Edward Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s 68th Birthday.

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According to Joy News report, Mr. Kwabena Agyepong- spokesperson to Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor, confirmed that the decision to retain Bawumia for the 2012 encounter received unanimous acclamation.

In the words of New Statesman’s online newspaper, Nana Addo’s nomination received same endorsement from the National Council without a single dissenting view, which as it puts it “further solidifying the united front the party has forged in the aftermath of the 2008 elections.”

The Nana Addo- Mahamudu Bawumia ticket won the first round in the 2008 presidential elections with some 49 per cent of the total ballot cast but fell short of the 50% plus 1 vote, legally required to ascend to the Ghanaian presidential throne.

They eventually, crumbled, marginally, to the then NDC candidate Atta-Mills whose re-election to lead NDC for the December polls, is still shrouded with uncertainties.

The NDC’s party founder and former president of Ghana- Jerry John Rawlings, whose wife- Nana Agyeman-Konadu Rawlings, contested with President Mills in June 2011 for the NDC 2012 presidential slot but mercilessly lost with some starving 3% of the some 3000 total ballots cast, unlike in the 2008, had signalled his unavailability for Mills’ 2012 presidential campaign.

A political decision which as many commentators had observered,  might adversely affect Mills' re-election for a second term. But others see this as positive and perhaps a deflation and throwing away of Mills' political crutches.

Ex-President Rawlings recently rejected his party’s invitation to attend one of its major political rallies held on Saturday, 21 March 2012, to showcase its 2012 Greater Accra parliamentary contestants in Mantse Agbonaa, in Accra due to an alleged late invitation of the overlord.

This appears contrary to the showings of the NPP’s leadership on the same venue and for similar purpose on Saturday, 18 February 2012. Many are those who still read political bad omens and obituaries into Mills' rule.

Yet the NPP Member of Parliament for Asikuma Odoben Brakwa- Paul Collins Appiah-Ofori, the avowed anti-corruption campaigner has warned that the main opposition NPP might not sail through any electoral fortunes if the NPP Council of Elders were to reject Alhaji M.N.D Jawula for Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

In the words of PC Appiah-Ofori, the Alhaji will attract more votes for NPP if paired with Nana Addo than the Economist and Banker- Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who he states brought little on the NPP’s electoral table in 2008.

“A running mate is someone who complements the effort of the presidential candidate...Dr. Bawumia failed to add anything to the votes of the NPP in the three northern regions,” he said.

The issue of NPP’s presidential running mate had made lot of news.

The speculations had been between: Dr. Bawumia; Alhaji Jawula and the Deputy Minority Leader- Ambrose Dery.

But the dust is now settled on Bawumia and the rest are certainly, left in the hands of history to predict.




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