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NPP Elders call emergency meeting over Boakye Agyarko, Addai-Nimoh 9/9 draw

Both the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been summoned to an emergency meeting today Wednesday August 30, 2023, to find an amicable solution in resolving the tie between presidential aspirant hopefuls Boakye Agyarko and Francis Addai-Nimoh.

The Party seeks to have a solution that would avoid the scheduled run-off of the Super Delegates Conference just between the two after they polled 9 votes each.

The Super Delegates Conference was to shortlist from ten to 5, then number of aspirants that would slug it out among themselves at the main presidential primaries on November 4.

The Party was able to get the first 4 top aspirants with the highest number of votes but could not get a fifth because two candidates, Boakye Agyarko and Francis Addai-Nimoh had a draw with 9 votes a piece.

None of the two has agreed to step down for the other.

NPP National Chairman, Stephen Ayensu Ntim told journalists on Tuesday that it is for this reason that the Party’s elders have been summoned to deliberate over the matter.

“Understanding will prevail eventually for the party to move on. For the two aspirants with a tie, it is just a matter of prevailing on them if one could give in to the other but it looks like they are all prepared to go in with full haul so we are getting ready to meet tomorrow.

“NEC will meet followed by National Council, we are trying to find a solution or finality to the dialogue that we are having,” Stephen Ntim stated.

At the Super Delegates Conference, first-time entrant, Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, won a landslide comfortable lead with 68.15 percent of all valid votes cast while his closest competitor, Kennedy Agyapong gathered 132 votes to represent 14.3 percent.

Former Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremanten who is almost becoming a serial contender for the slot placed third with 95 votes representing 10.29.

His votes is a disappointing surprise considering the loud mountain top bragging his team have subjected Ghanaians to over the campaign period

Dr. Bawumia’s margin of lead has been interpreted as a reflection of the party’s wishes at the grassroots level considering the fact that a significant 701 delegates out of the total 961 which formed the Electoral College for the Super Delegates Conference are direct grassroots officials and members of the Party

It is expected that the voting trend witnessed last Saturday would be repeated at the November 4 nationwide presidential primaries to elect an actual flag-bearer from the top five that were selected by the Super Delegates.

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