Former NDC Deputy General Secretary, Peter Boamah Otokunor, has expressed his expectation that the two remaining contenders in the party’s flagbearer race will withdraw and throw their support behind former President John Dramani Mahama. Otokunor made the comments following the withdrawal of businessman Ernest Kwaku Kobeah from the race after facing the party’s vetting committee.
Speaking to the media after balloting for Mahama, Otokunor stated that he anticipated the other contenders would follow Kobeah’s lead. He described their decision to remain in the race as “needless,” noting that Mahama is the most experienced and well-marketed candidate.
Kojo Bonsu, former Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, and former Finance Minister Dr. Kwabena Duffuor are the two remaining contenders in the NDC’s flagbearer race. Balloting for the party’s presidential primaries has concluded, with Mahama picking the first slot on the ballot, followed by Bonsu and Duffuor.
Kobeah, who is a modern sewage system specialist and CEO of City Experts Limited Group in the UK, expressed his gratitude to the party’s National Executives after submitting his withdrawal letter on Wednesday, March 29.
The NDC’s flag bearer race is shaping up to be a closely contested one, with all candidates vying to lead the party to victory in the 2024 general elections. It remains to be seen whether Bonsu and Duffuor will follow Kobeah’s lead and withdraw from the race, or if they will continue to compete against Mahama.