Dr Gideon Boako, Spokesperson for Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said that his boss’ position on the ballot paper for the November 4 primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) does not matter.
Dr Boako said what mattered was the voters’ ability to identify the image of Dr Bawumi on the ballot paper and vote accordingly.
“It doesn’t matter, whoever is going to vote obviously knows the person he or she is going to vote for,” Boako said in an interview
“And mind you, people have been number two in this country and won to become president. People have been number one and they lost miserably. People have been the last number and they have lost miserably.”
Boako’s comments come after the NPP held a balloting exercise for the flagbearer hopefuls ahead of the delegates conference on November 4. Dr Bawumia was drawn number two on the ballot paper.
Some people have argued that Dr. Bawumia’s position on the ballot paper could affect his chances of winning the primaries. However, Boako dismissed these concerns.
“I don’t think it matters,” he said. “Voters know who they want to vote for. They can identify the image of Dr. Bawumia on the ballot paper and vote accordingly.”
Kennedy Agyapong picked the first slot, followed by Dr Bawumia, who picked the second slot after the balloting on Wednesday.
Former Minister for Agriculture Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto picked the third slot while former MP for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh picked the fourth slot.
Ken Agyapong, who is a popular NPP Member of Parliament for Assin Central, has been a vocal critic of the government and has promised to bring about change if he is elected flagbearer.
Dr. Bawumia is the current vice president and is seen as the frontrunner in the race. He is seen as a safe pair of hands and is popular among the party’s intellectuals.
Dr. Akoto is a former minister of agriculture and is seen as a technocrat.