The unusual delay that has characterized the appointment of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) by the President is reportedly a calculated move in a political gamesmanship by the Akufo-Addo Jubilee House to give advantage to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, whom he is said to be grooming as his successor.
According to reliable sources, the President is taking his time to ensure that anybody who gets to be appointed into office is a yes-man or yes-woman who will support the President’s plan to make Vice President Bawumia succeed him as leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Whatsup News has learnt that an ongoing winnowing process is guided by the need to ensure that every prospective appointee will bring money from his post to the campaign chest for Dr. Bawumia’s flagbearership bid come 2024.
And it is not only MMDCEs who are being carefully selected this way, Whatsup News has learnt that Heads of Boards and other Public Corporations are also being cherry-picked with bated breath.
The cumulative effect is that somehow, the President has managed not to appoint MMDCEs and other heads of State corporations more than half a year after winning a second term in 2020.
The process has been slow and methodical. Nobody knows when the President will really reach contentment for the setup of the machinery of state can be completed.
But while at it, the Akufo-Addo Jubilee House has not been leaving anything to chance. Among other moves, Whatsup News has learnt that the Presidency has been organizing people on the ground to dispirit the opponent that Bawumia must beat to clinch the NPP’s Presidential ticket for 2024
One of the main contenders is Trade Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, sources say.
Over the weekend, Mr. Kyeremanten found himself in a misadventure at Koforidua where he had gone to attend the funeral of the late father of President Akufo-Addo’s cousin, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko.
Unbeknownst to him, pro-Bawumia foot soldiers had been organized in secret to publicly shame Mr. Kyeremanten. He was hooted mercilessly at the funeral.
The Trade Minister is said to have left licking his wounds.