Election 2024: Most NPP flagbearer hopefuls can “break the 8”, says Majority Leader

So far two cabinet ministers, namely Alan Kyerematen and Owusu Afriyie Akoto, of the Trade and Agriculture Ministries, respectively, have tendered their resignation to pursue presidential ambitions on the NPP ticket

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, believes most of the individuals hoping to win the ticket to run as the presidential candidate of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2024 have what it takes to “break the 8”.

So far two cabinet ministers, namely Alan Kyerematen and Owusu Afriyie Akoto of the Trade and Agriculture Ministries, respectively, have tendered their resignation to President Nana Akufo-Addo to pursue presidential ambitions.

Speaking to Beatrice Adu on The Big Bulletin on Asaase 99.5 Accra on Tuesday (10 January 2023), Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said even though one of the candidates stands out, he is unable to mention his name yet.

“I can say that many of them that I have assessed have the potential of helping us break the 8 [but] there may be a primo among them,” he said.

“In terms of competence and qualification, I can vouch for many of them who have come up, like [Vice-President Mahamudu] Bawumia, Alan Kyerematen, Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Boakye Agyarko … Kennedy Agyapong, Kwabena Agyepong, Kofi Konadu Apraku …” he said.



Last great feat

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has made a passionate appeal to the rank and file of the New Patriotic Party to help him achieve the last great feat of his political career, which he says is “breaking the 8” and handing over to another NPP president on 7 January 2025.

President Akufo-Addo said it is his hope that the party will remain united to prosecute the agenda of his remaining term and go on to win the 2024 general election.

President Akufo-Addo with the NPP national chairman, Stephen Ntim (centre)

“I want to end by making one appeal to you. I want you to help me to achieve the last great political feat of my career in Ghanaian politics – that on 7 January 2025, I will go to Black Star Square and hand over the baton to our next NPP President of the Republic, whom we would have chosen, supported and brought to victory,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“Victory in 2024: that is our goal, that is our task and that, by the Grace of God, we will achieve,” he declared.

Battle ready

In his address, the national chairman of the NPP, Stephen Ayesu Ntim, recalled the names of NPP party stalwarts who have served the party in various capacities, commending them for their contribution to the party’s success story.

National executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)

He solicited the support of all NPP members wherever they may find themselves, in order to build a united and strong party that will be battle ready to “break the 8” and win election after election.

“After these 30 years of our existence, it must be our resolve to build a proper party membership register to enhance our collective ownership of the party, a party that is united and battle ready to break the eight,” Chairman Ntim said.


The central policy of the NPP is to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy in Ghana, with right to life, freedom and justice, as the principles to which the government and laws of the land should be dedicated, specifically to enrich the life, property and liberty of each and every citizen.

Chairman Ntim with Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko at the thanksgiving service

The aim of the party is to bring together like-minded citizens of Ghana so that they may strive for freedom and justice by appreciating and protecting human rights and the rule of law through the practice of true democracy.

A stable, peaceful, united and democratic nation, dedicated to the promotion of the welfare, freedom and prosperity of its citizens, is a central feature of the party’s vision.

Upholding principles of good governance and prosperity, the party aims to build a country whose governance is imbued with the values of liberal democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and social justice.

The NPP believes that the key to creating prosperity for all is to unleash the energies of the private sector by developing an entrepreneurial, free enterprise economy.

Fred Dzakpata

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