Former Minister for Food and Agriculture and Flagbearer Hopeful, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has wrapped up his campaign with a promise to unite the party to “Break the eight” if elected flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the presidential primaries slated for November 4th.
According to him, his campaign team has conducted a clean campaign in order not to plant any discord among members of the party. He believes that portrays him as the right candidate to unify the party ahead of the 2024 general elections.
Dr. Afriyie Akoto who resigned from his position as the minister for food and agriculture placed 4th among the ten aspirants in the Super Delegates conference which took place on the 26th of August 2023.
With three (3) more days to the actual date for the primaries, the former Agric Minister announced the end of his campaign at a press conference in the Greater Accra Region.
Addressing the media, Dr Afriyie Akoto noted that the party would need unity within and outside its ranks if they really intend to break the 8.
“As your flagbearer, fellow delegates I intend to invite both former members and non-members of this party to join us for the historic victory on December 7th 2024.”
About allegations of vote buying and inducement of delegates with huge sums of money and other gifts, Dr Afriyie Akoto made a passionate appeal to the delegates to reject such offers from the aspirants as it would not be of any benefit to them or their children in the future.
“Dear delegates, please look beyond any tempting one-off monetary enticement and think about the future of the party for the sake of your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren”, he said.
NPP will be heading to the polls on Saturday, November 4 where about 217,000 delegates are expected to cast their votes to elect a flagbearer to lead the party to victory in the upcoming 2024 general elections. The primaries will be held across the 275 constituencies across the country including one at the party’s headquarters at Asylum Down in Accra.