Kennedy Agyapong, a contender for the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential flagbearer position, has advised New Patriotic Party delegates to prioritize long-term benefits over short-term financial incentives when choosing the party’s next presidential candidate.
During an interview on Skyy Power FM in Takoradi on October 13, 2023, Agyapong addressed the issue of monetary inducements in the party, acknowledging the widespread practice of party leaders offering financial incentives to delegates and other officials in exchange for their support. He expressed concerns that such practices undermine the democratic process.
Agyapong went on to encourage delegates not to accept anything less than GH¢100,000 from candidates seeking their support. He urged them to vote for candidates who can meet this amount, rather than endorsing him, if they can secure such a financial offering.
“In the upcoming election, as we approach it, if you’re a polling station executive, chairman, you have only one vote. The electoral area coordinator has one vote, the constituency executive has one vote, and the chairman for regional executives, all of them have one vote.
“During the super delegates’ election, some received GH¢100,000, while others were given cars, and some received 60,000 cedis. As we approach another election, it’s expected that similar practices will occur.
“I want to convey a message to the delegates who are listening to me: if any candidate approaches you and can provide you with 100,000 cedis, vote for those candidates, not Kennedy Agyapong.
“If you have the means to compensate the chairmen… for the delegates and the polling station people, are they not humans? They are taking them for fools by using and discarding them,” he emphasized.
Agyapong further reiterated, “Every delegate listening to me should accept GH¢100,000 from them. If not, they shouldn’t vote for them. I give them the opportunity. If they can offer all the delegates GH¢100,000, they should vote for them.”
He encouraged delegates to consider voting for him if other candidates are unable to provide the specified amount, as he is committed to the nation’s long-term development and job creation for both the delegates and future generations.
“Vote for someone who will provide you with a permanent job, and do the same for our children,” Agyapong declared.
Kennedy Agyapong is competing for the NPP flagbearership against three other contenders: Dr. Bawumia, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Francis Addai-Nimoh.
The NPP has scheduled November 4, 2023, for the election of a new party leader to succeed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.