NDC’s Franklin Kwetey Dismisses Tribal Influences in 2024 Election Amid Bawumia’s Running Mate Announcement

by Louisa Afful
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The 2024 presidential election is not about tribal affiliations, insisted Franklin Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
His remarks came in response to reports that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has chosen Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh from the Ashanti Region as his running mate.

After Vice President Bawumia requested more time to select his running mate, there were calls to choose someone from the Ashanti region, a key NPP stronghold. Media General’s Nana Kwaku Adua reported that Dr. Bawumia has formally informed President Akufo-Addo of his choice and will soon notify the Council of Elders, with an announcement expected by the end of the week or early next month.

A survey by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) indicated strong support for Dr. Opoku Prempeh among NPP delegates, with 76% preferring him over the next most popular candidate, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum.

Fifi Kwetey argued that tribal affiliations do not determine election outcomes. He pointed out that people in the Ashanti Region are also experiencing hardships and will consider their living conditions when voting. He emphasized that simply choosing a running mate from Ashanti does not guarantee votes, as seen when President Kufuor, an Ashanti, lost an election in the past.

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