I hear different lies about me every day’ – Dr Bawumia
Vice President and leading contender of the NPP flagbearer slot, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says he hears new lies about him every day.
The Vice President who is on the campaign trail with barely two weeks to the party’s primary argues his opponents in the November 4 polls are resorting to fabricating stories against his person in fear of the defeat ahead of them.
“Unfortunately, the way the results of the super delegates came, many of our opponents are confused and they are seeing looming defeat on Nov 4 and because of that they have decided to adopt some new tactics the new tactics is what? They have decided to spread lies and to bring disunity amongst us and to create problems between chairmen and constituency executives and the polling station executives and electoral area coordinators,” he told delegates in the Tatale-Sanguli Constituency.
The Vice President has come under a barrage of criticism in the lead up to the presidential primary from his main contender, Kennedy Agyapong with the latest by former Environment Minister, Prof Frimpong-Boateng. The former Environment Minister in an exclusive interview with TV3 said the governing party will struggle to win the 2024 elections with the Vice President as its candidate.
“Lots of pronouncements that he made in the past, his enemies will only have to play that back and then we’ll see…so it’s going to be more difficult for the party” he told Keminni Amanor.
Having chosen silence all throughout the campaign, the Vice President believes “…they want to knock our heads together so they have come with different lies.”
“I’m hearing a lie everyday as I am sitting down and watching what they are saying” Dr Bawumia said.
The Vice President, who has been accused of buying allegiance again challenged the narrative. “They say I have given all Constituency Chairmen, 275 Constituency Chairmen a GHC100, 000 and a pick-up. Have you seen any pick-up here for your chairman? This is just a ridiculous lie” he told the supporters who cheered him on.
Dr Bawumia further debunked claims he is advocating for sitting MPs to contest their primaries unopposed. For Dr Bawumia, “their tactics is that if you miss the ball, don’t miss the man, but as for this they will miss the man because we will not allow their lies to take root.”
The New Patriotic Party will on November 4 go to the poll to elect a flagbearer to take over from President Akufo-Addo. Kennedy Agyapong, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, Dr Afriyie Akoto and Addae Nimo are in contention for the ticket as the party aims to break the 8-year electoral cycle in the Fourth Republican Constitution.