What appeared to be presidential campaign posters, advertising Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia for the December 2020 polls, have been described as fictional and should therefore be disregarded.
“The attention of the Office of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been drawn to posters purporting to indicate that H.E. Dr. Bawumia has begun a campaign to lead the New Patriotic Party into the 2020 elections.
“It is clear that the perpetrator(s) of this act intend to cause disaffection for the Vice President but their campaign will fail”, an official statement issued from the office of Dr. Bawumia on Thursday and sighed by his Director of Communications, Frank Agyei-Twum noted.
The origin of the fictional campaign posters is not known. The persons who splashed them in town also remain unidentified.
Just when the curious posters started to cause some sensation among political players, the Veep’s office issued the statement to distance Dr. Bawumia completely from the posters.
The brief but strong worded statement also noted: “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state unequivocally that the posters are the figment of the imagination of the originator(s), and we call on all Ghanaians and the general public to treat the poster campaign with the contempt it deserves.”
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), the political party on which’s wing Dr. Bawumia serves as Vice President has not even opened nominations for the 2020 presidential primaries.
Political pundits have predicted that Dr. Bawumia is an ideal heir-apparent to President Nana Akufo-Addo, judging by Ghana’s recent political history.
Such predictions have been backed by examples of Vice President Atta Mills of blessed memory becoming flagbearer after President Rawlings and Vice President John Mahama also becoming flag-bearer after Prof. Mills.
Dr. Bawumia, himself, has however not shown any clues whatsoever on his political future.
His preoccupation, for now, has been working hard to support President Nana Akufo-Addo for the NPP led-government to succeed.
Nana Addo, himself, seems not too keen on contesting the 2020 polls.
Speaking to journalists at the Flag Staff House recently, Nana Addo noted: “I’ve been told there are young men who have said they voted for me and if I continue down this way they can be sure that they will not vote for me again in 2020.
“Well, with the 2020 vote it’s not clear if Akufo-Addo’s name will be on the ballot in the first place and even if his name is on the ballot, this is not going to be the reason why I’ll stop, I’m going to continue.”
That statement was in response to threats that Nana Addo would not get votes from the perpetrators of illegal mining activities his government is bending over backwards to smoke out of business.