The Vice President of the Republic and presidential candidate hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that he will give the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, a “showdown” in the December 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Dr Bawumia made the statement in the Nkwanta South constituency in the Oti Region where he is on a three-day tour, meeting with NPP delegates who will be voting to elect the party’s next presidential candidate on 4 November 2023 ahead the December 2024 general elections.
“If you listen to what the “Zongo” communities across the country [which are NDC strongholds] are saying, it is a very welcoming development. The people in the “Zongos” are saying that they are not sure the NPP will choose me (Dr Mahamudu Bawumia) as its presidential candidate.
“However, if they do, they (the Zongo people) will vote for him (Dr Bawumia) massively. If you take a look at the Northern Regions and the “Zongos”, the two strongholds of the [NDC], If Dr Bawumia contests in 2024, they will fall to the NPP and if they fall, the NDC cannot win the elections,” Bawumia said.
“If I contest, I will pull more votes for the NPP in the Volta Region as well and that will mean that all the strongholds of the NDC will be shaken.
“This accounts for their fear of Dr Bawumia because they fully appreciate that if I am the candidate for the NPP I will give them (the National Democratic Congress) a Showdown,” Dr Bawumia added.
Since he announced his decision to run for the presidential candidate slot of the NPP, Vice-President Bawumia has been on a tour of Ghana to meet NPP delegates in all 275 constituencies in the country.
His campaign so far has taken him to all 34 constituencies in the Greater Accra Region and all 47 constituencies in the Ashanti Region. He has also visited all 17 constituencies in the Western Region as well as the 23 in the Central Region.
Dr Bawumia has also toured all the 33 constituencies in the Eastern Region. He has completed visits to 154 out of the 275 constituencies in the country.
The Vice President is currently touring all eight constituencies in the Oti Region. He will turn his attention to the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions.