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    NPP primaries: I’m surprised Bawumia got lesser votes than we expected – Joe Wise

    First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu has stated that he is surprised that Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer hopeful had lower-than-anticipated vote share during the NPP super delegates conference.

    Speaking in an interview on Citi TV, he restated his confidence in the vice president to lead the country as president after the 2024 elections.

    “I’m surprised that the Vice President got a lower votes than we had expected. But there’s no doubt he will win. People are talking about a small number, but on the ground, he’s even more popular …

    “Among them, Dr. Bawumia is more popular than anyone else. They love him. I come to my constituency, and every day people love him,” citinewsroom.com quoted him to have said during the interview.

    “I come to my constituency, and every day people love him. For me, representing them, I have no choice but to vote for him. It’s not just about us, but the people on the ground, in the communities, and in constituencies, they love him. At the very least, he will come with the same margin he won, but we expect it to be more.”

    Bawumia garnered 629 votes representing 68.15 percent of the total votes cast to emerge tops of the August 26 super delegates conference.

    In second place was Assin Central lawmaker, Kennedy Agyapong who polled 132 votes representing 14.30 percent while Alan Kyerematen polled 95 votes representing 10.29 percent.

    Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto secured the fourth spot with 36 votes representing 3.90%.

    This round of voting reduced the pool of contenders from 10 to five.

    The final round, slated for November this year, will determine the substantive candidate of the NPP for the presidential election ahead of the 2024 general elections.


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