A former Minister of the Interior in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Alhaji Malik Al-Hassan Yakubu, has expressed confidence in the ability of Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia, the NPP flagbearer, to bring about the economic development and growth that Ghana is in search of.
Applauding the election of Dr. Bawumia, he described it as a choice of destiny that will kickstart a significant leap in Ghana’s growth within the global economy.
“It [Bawumia’s election] is a choice of destiny, and in the epoch of every country’s history, there are periods which, if you recognize and take advantage of them, then you are up for a significant effort in your country’s history,” he said.
Speaking on Accra-based Citi FM, Alhaji Yakubu further said “we are in a world economy where certain ideas, when applied, bring about major changes in your economy, and China has done that and is bearing results. In Ghana, Bawumia has been advocating a certain idea, which is the digital economy, and he has applied it in Zimbabwe, where it has worked.”
“He keeps saying digitalisation is the way to go. If you look at the Port and Harbor Authority, GRA, and other areas, it is working and bearing fruit. If you were to see the number of technocrats who came to witness his election, you would understand that he is a significant asset,” the former Yendi legislator continued.
He expressed a firm conviction that, “the direction he (Dr. Bawumia) is going, if he is given the opportunity to lead this country, I have no doubt in my mind that we will witness wonderful progress in our economy. The quality of his ideas will move this country forward, and I have no doubt in my mind. If he goes on to win the 2024 elections, we will see significant improvements in our economic fortunes.”
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia won the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential primary, setting him up for a showdown with the former president and NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama in the 2024 general elections.
He defeated Kennedy Agyapong, the outspoken Assin Central MP, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, a former Minister of Agriculture, and the former Mampong MP, Francis Addai-Nimoh.
The Vice-President polled 118210 votes representing 61.47% while his closest contender Mr Agyapong polled 71,996 votes representing 37.41%.
Dr. Afriyie Akoto who placed a distant third polled 1,459 votes representing 0.76% while Addai-Nimoh garnered a meagre 731 representing 0.41%.