The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia must succeed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for future elections, former deputy agriculture minister William Quaitoo has said.
Asked by Bola Ray on Starr Chat on Wednesday, September 13, if Dr. Bawumia should succeed Akufo-Addo as flag bearer of the party Mr. Quaitoo said “yes” adding the move will help the NPP erase the perception that it is an Akan-inclined party.
“Yes, in the sense that NPP has been treated for far too long as being an Akan party, though his [Dr. Bawumia] tribe are in the minority, I think seriously that if NPP should elect Dr. Bawumia as our next flag bearer when Nana steps down it will go a long way to erase this erroneous impression.”
Mr. Quaitoo, who resigned recently for what many have described as ethnocentric comments about people from the three regions of the North said he will campaign for Dr. Bawumia to become the flagbearer if the time comes.
“If the time comes and I’m alive and Dr. Bawumia is contesting with another person I will campaign for him to win as the next flag bearer”
Mr. Quaitoo had come under fire for saying, in an interview on Starr FM, that northern farmers could not be trusted in their assessment of damage from armyworms.
However, speaking on Starr Chat Wednesday, Mr. Quaitoo apologized to the people from the North and added that he is planning on visiting the region to apologise in person.