Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has qualified for the next phase of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential race in November, by springing a surprise at Alan Kyerematen and securing more endorsements ahead of the November 4, 2023 showdown.
It is the first time in the NPP presidential race for Ken Agyapong, same as Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President.
Alan Kyerematen has been in the race since 2007 as the second force, coming second to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on all occasions.
But first timers, Ken Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central and the Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia have overtaken him by getting more endorsements.
Boakye Agyarko and Francis Addai-Nimoh secured nine (9) votes each in the NPP presidential race organised on Saturday to shortlist five candidates for the ultimate on November 4, 2023.
The nine votes each means a tie at the 5th position.
Run-off to break tie
The Elections Committee of the NPP has therefore decided that there will be a run-off between the two – Boakye Agyarko and Francis Addai Nimoh next Saturday, September 2, 2023.
Professor Mike Oquaye, Chairman of the Elections Committee has explained that the race for breaking the tie will go ahead unless one candidate decide to step aside.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President led Saturday’s shortlisting exercise followed by Ken Agyapong, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto.
After the Electoral Commission presented the final results to the Elections Committee of the NPP a few minutes to 4pm, Professor Mike Oquaye , the chairman of the committee explained the way forward.