The Vice President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia, has officially been selected as the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) candidate for the 2024 presidential election. This decision comes after a contentious primary within the ruling party, where Bawumia was presented as the ideal choice to face off against former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Last Saturday, the NPP announced that Mahamudu Bawumia, the current Vice President of Ghana, would be its candidate in the 2024 presidential election. This designation follows a tight competition against three other aspiring candidates within the party.

Bawumia, who has been serving as Vice President since January 2017 and previously worked as the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, successfully won the NPP primary. His opponents, including Member of Parliament Kennedy Agyapong, former Minister of Agriculture Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and former MP Francis Addai-Nimoh, failed to garner the necessary support to secure the nomination.

Mahamudu Bawumia will compete for the presidency in December 2024, where he will face John Dramani Mahama, a former President of Ghana from 2012 to January 2017, who was chosen to represent the National Democratic Congress (NDC) last May. The competition between Bawumia and Mahama promises to be one of the most exciting and hotly contested in Ghana’s political history.

As a reminder, the current President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, is nearing the end of his second term and will not be seeking re-election in accordance with Ghana’s constitutional provisions. Former ECOWAS President, Mr. Akufo-Addo, openly opposes a third term.