It appears Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia is preparing a literal war chest as a fully armed member of his private militia group sends Ghanaian social media into a frenzy.
The middle-aged thug whose identity is currently unknown was surreptitiously photographed in a coded location with a fully armed 9 mm Glock 48 strapped casually to his hips cowboy-styled.
He was wearing a customised T-shirt inscribed with “Movement for Bawumia for President 2024”.
Apparently, this is the key movement for Dr. Bawumia as he aggressively prepares to be selected by President Akufo Addo as his successor to lead the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) as its presidential candidate for the 2024 Presidential Election.
The arming of his frontline supporters has been seen by political watchers as the anticipated violent confrontation that may characterise the NPP’s quest to select its presidential candidate after the incumbent President Akufo Addo had served his two terms.
Already, several contenders are reportedly lacing their boots to give Bawumia a good run for his money. Some of the names that have popped up include the current Minister of Trade, Alan Kwado Kyeremanteng who has been President Akufo Addo’s biggest rival to the NPP presidential ticket.
The Former Attorney General, Joe Ghartey, former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko and former Member of Parliament for Ashanti Mampong Francis Addai Nimo are names believed to be the frontliners.
Insiders tell Whatsup News how President Akufo Addo intends to extend his hegemony in the ruling party perpetually by handpicking his lieutenant Dr. Bawumia to serve as a puppet president after the 77-year-old Akufo Addo had served his term.
However, the most powerful ethnic bloc within the ruling party – The “John Kufour or Ashanti bloc” is reported to be determined to make sure this does not happen, particularly because of the way that camp had been virtually rendered impotent by the Akufo Addo camp which is predominated by the infamous Akyem ethnic bloc.
“The race will be ugly,” an insider tells Whatsup News.