The voice of the people is where the Lord's blessing is: Kwabena Agyapong on Bawumia's flagbearership
Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and a contestant in the recently-held New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential Primaries, Kwabena Agyapong, has stressed the need for all members of the party, especially those who participated in the NPP presidential and the recent parliamentary primaries, to rally behind Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the party for victory in next year's elections.
Addressing NPP party faithful in Kumasi on Friday, during Dr. Bawumia's visit to express gratitude to party members in the Ashanti Region for supporting his flagbearership bid, Kwabena Agyapong said the internal contest was only a democratic exercise to select a leader for the party, adding that all those who love the party must rally behind Dr. Mahamudu.
"Our tradition is a very big tradition and we believe in democracy and intra-party contests," said the former General Secretary.
"The election was a process to choose the flagbearer of our party. And fortunately, God has blessed us with a flagbearer, so let us all come together and push him to win for the party."
"We are done with the elections, and Dr. Bawumia is now the property and project of the party. All of us must come together and rally behind him for victory in 2024," he urged.
Mr. Agyapong, demonstrating his knowledge of the NPP's history, said the emphatic nature of Dr. Bawumia's victory is historic, as no one, in the history of the party, has won by the margin Dr. Bawumia won with in their first attempts to lead the party since 1992.
"Nobody in our tradition; from Professor Adu Boahene in 1992, to J.A. Kufuor to Nana Akufo-Addo, has won by 61% in their first attempt to lead the party. His victory is significant because it is big, and the voice of the people is where the Lord's blessing is," said Kwabena Agyapong.
The former General Secretary also called for a "spirit of sacrifice" among all executives, right from the grassroots.
"The party can only be stronger when you are stronger. And our flagbearer, Dr. Bawumia, can only be stronger if we all work hard and rally behind him."
"You are the front-line soldiers of our party, the main people to ensure victory. Your main job is that you are executives first, right from the polling station level, so I want you all to come together."
Dr. Bawumia was accompanied by the National Chairman of the NPP, Stephen Ntim, and General Secretary Justin Kodua.
Also present were three individuals who contested the NPP flagbearership election: Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, Mr. Addai Nimo, and Mr. Kojo Poku.