Top Pastors Visit Bawumia For Prayers
Few days after being elected as the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2024 general election, some clergymen have thronged the home and office of Dr.Mahamudu Bawumia, to congratulate him on his successful election and offer him prayers for the task ahead him.
The men of God, from the Ashanti Region and the Anglican Diocese of Accra paid the courtesy call on the 2024 flagbearer of the governing party on Tuesday, November 7.
The group from the Ashanti Region were at the residence of Dr.Bawumia, while their counterparts from the Anglican Church called on him at his office at the Jubilee House in Accra.
It is unclear the composition of the Ashanti Region men of God and which church they belong to.
But an excited Dr Bawumia, who made the two separate visits public in a post on his social media handles with photographs, said he was appreciative of the gesture done him by the leadership of the churches.
The vice president, who is the first Muslim to be elected by the NPP as its presidential candidate, said the gesture will further deepen the existing close relation with the church, as well as deepen religious tolerance.
“Today, two separate groups of clergymen from the Ashanti Region and Anglican Diocese of Accra respectively visited me at home and the Jubilee House to congratulate me as the flagbearer of the @NPP_GH.
“I truly appreciate this gesture, and this will further deepen my longstanding close relationship with the church and deepen religious tolerance in Ghana,” he said, with excitement.
The vice president was last Saturday November 4 elected as the replacement of his boss and President, Nana Akufo-Addo. He is now the leader of the NPP as enshrined in the party’s constitution.
He faced stiff competition from his closest opponent and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Assin Central constituency, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.
He polled a total of 118,210 votes out of 193,346 to become the winner.
His votes represent 61.47 percent of the total valid votes cast.
Mr. Agyapong also polled a total of 71,996 votes, representing 37.41 percent, to come second.
Former Minister of Food and Agriculture and ex-MP for Kwadaso constituency, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, polled 1,459, representing 0.76 percent to come third.
He was followed by former Mampong MP, Francis Addai-Nimoh, who polled a total of 781, representing 0.41 percent.
This means Dr. Bawumia will be coming against the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer and former President, John Dramani Mahama, in the December 7, 2024 general election.
It is the first time the two main political parties will be represented by aspirants of northern extraction.
Mr. Mahama, who is contesting as flagbearer for the third time, is from the Savannah Region, while Dr. Bawumia hails from the North East Region. Until it was divided, the two regions were part of the bigger Northern Region.