The Vice President and flagbearer of the New Patrioti Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has thrown open invitation to groups and individuals who doubt the NPP to come on board his “journey of possibilities”.
Dr. Bawumia has become the first person from the northern part of Ghana to lead the NPP.
Speaking to thousands of supporters at a rally in the Accra Sports Stadium to unveil him as the party’s flagbearer, Dr. Bawumia said there had been doubts over his success due to intense propaganda against the NPP as being tribalistic but stressed his resounding victory has deflated the propaganda.
“The doubts regarding the inclusive character of the NPP dominated the discussion when I took the bold decision on 16th June this year, to file my nomination papers at the NPP headquarters, to contest to be elected as the Presidential Candidate of the party.”
“Some analysts were skeptical about my chances and others confidently dismissed the possibility of the NPP electing a candidate from the Northern part of the country. They clearly misconstrued the party’s conservatism to mean tribalism or regionalism”, he stated.
Dr. Bawumia noted he was certain people misunderstood the NPP and its values of rewarding hard work and dedication.
“For me, it was possible. Today’s clear decision by the over 200,000 delegates of the NPP, the grassroots of the party, reaffirms my belief that the NPP is truly an inclusive national party.”
The Vice President added his election speaks to the character of the party, as “a party that is all-embracing, a party that rewards hard work, loyalty, and commitment to its values”.
He added; “To those who have always doubted that the NPP is inclusive and rewards hard work, the delegates, Dr. Bawumia stressed, “have resoundingly dismissed such doubts.”
“From virtually every constituency in the country, the message has been the same. That is, in the NPP we do not care about where you hail from. We are tolerant of Ghana’s religious diversity. We elect those deserving of leadership, those who are capable of governing, and those with proven traits of integrity, incorruptibility, and hard work.”
The new leader of the party extended invitations to groups with divergent notions about him and the New Patriotic Party to hop on the party’s train to victory in the next election.
He said; “With this resounding victory, the NPP is sending an invitation to the men and women in Ga Mashie to join us in this journey of possibilities. The NPP has a place for you.
“To our men and women in our Zongos scattered across the 16 regions of Ghana, I say to you that in the NPP, it is possible to rise to the top. I invite you to join us in this journey of possibilities. The NPP has a place for you.
“To the people of the Volta and Oti Regions, you have long doubted if you will have a place in the NPP. You have been answered today. I invite you to join us in this journey of possibilities. The NPP has a place for you.
“To the people of the North, we have often been told that the NPP is not our political home. Today, the delegates have demonstrated absolute confidence in us. I invite you to join us in this journey of possibilities. The NPP has a place for you.”
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