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NPP Primaries: Addai-Nimo declared 5th candidate, run-off cancelled

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The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has cancelled its September 2, 2023 run-off scheduled to break the tie between Francis Addai-Nimoh and Boakye Agyarko.

This follows Boakye Agyarko’s decision to withdraw from the contest.

“We take notice of your decision to withdraw from the contest and therefore the run-off election scheduled for Saturday, September 2, 2023, will no longer be held,” Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, Chairman of the NPP’s Presidential Elections Committee, said in a letter addressed to Boakye Agyarko.

Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, came first in the Party’s Super Delegates Congress.

The Super Delegates Congress was organised to elect five presidential aspirants to contest the party’s primaries in November this year.

This was after 10 candidates picked up forms to contest the NPP’s presidential primaries which is scheduled for November 4.

After the collation of all the 17 polling centres across the country, the Vice President came out on top with 68.15% of the total votes cast, followed by Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong who accrued 14.30% of the total votes cast.

Former Trades Minister, Alan Kyerematen came third with 10.29% of the total votes cast, and former Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto came fourth with 3.90%.

There was however a tie as Francis Addai Nimoh and former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, both got 0.98 percent of the total votes cast.

The two were thus scheduled to go for a run-off on Saturday, September 2. However, the National Council said they will constitute an electoral college made up of the National Council to break the tie between Mr Agyarko and his competitor Francis Addai Nimoh.

This did not go down well with Mr Boakye Agyarko who formally withdrew from the upcoming run-off election.

In a press release, Mr Ayarko described it as unconstitutional for the National Council to shortlist a few individuals to represent the 955 individuals who participated in the first round.

Citing other legal breaches, Mr Agyarko said the establishment of a new electoral college also flouts the party’s constitution.

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