Member of Parliament for Tamale North Constituency Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini says the New Patriotic Party (NPP) already have planned to sideline Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in 2024.
Suhuyini speaking on TV3‘s New Day on July 29, the NDC MP said all his his “countrymen” who have hopes to see Bawumia as flagbearer of the NPP in 2024 should be ready for disappointment.
He further stated that the NPP will tell Bawumia that he has already done eight years in government and they can’t allow him to go further by constesting therefore he should step aside for others to continue.
This comes in the wake of a post by Dr Bawumia on Tuesday to the effect that former President John Dramani Mahama spent eight years in government – four years as Vice President and four years as President.
This was reiterated by a member of the NPP, Nana Kofi Oppong Damoah, who was also on the programme.
“When he talks about John Mahama’s eight years at the Presidency, this is a warning and a caution to all my brothers and sisters and my countrymen who I know look forward and I know some of them are in NPP and look forward to Dr Bawumia taking over from Nana Addo.
“It is a caution and a warning to them that they are setting the stage to tell Dr Bawumia when he wants to lead the NPP one day that he has already done eight years at the presidency.”
“So please my brothers and sisters, my countrymen who want Dr Bawumia to take over from Nana Addo, this is the warning to you that he has done eight years at the Presidency so he cannot continue. I am sorry for you.”
He added: So please my brothers and sisters, my countrymen who want Dr Bawumia to take over from Nana Addo, this is the warning to you that he has done eight years at the Presidency so he cannot continue. I am sorry for you.”
For him, “when they tell you that John Mahama has done eight years at the Presidency so he should not go back there, they are telling you that when Dr Bawumia wants to ever lead the NPP, they will tell him that ‘Not in this their party’ because he has already done eight years, that is if they ever, God forbid, win again.”
Nana Damoah brushed off these comments and descibed them as propaganda.
He stated that this is clearly an attempt and well-calculated plan by the NDC who only are trying to separate Mr Mahama from the ills of the governments he served in.