The Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Abukari II, has urged Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Former President John Dramani Mahama, who are flagbearers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) respectively, to consider each other as brothers rather than enemies.
This message was conveyed during Dr. Bawumia’s courtesy visit on Tuesday, November 21, as part of his thank-you tour following his election as the NPP flagbearer.
“John Mahama is your big brother and not your enemy. See him as an elder brother as you go about your campaign.
“We just have to be grateful to all Ghanaians for trusting that only a Northerner can lead Ghana after 2024. It is a big opportunity for us to demonstrate our maturity, competence, honesty and dedication to move Ghana forward,” Ya-Na said.
Dr. Bawumia, in response, stated, “Ya-Na, I wish to assure you that my team and I will conduct a clean campaign as you have indicated because myself and John Mahama are all your sons. What I will be doing is that I will bring to bear my ideas that I know will complement the development we are currently seeing.
“My brother lacks ideas and so tends to criticize my ideas but I know Ghanaians are decerning and will vote for the NPP that I lead.”
The Vice President has embarked on a thank-you tour following his election as the flagbearer of the NPP on November 4. His tour began in his home region on Monday, November 20, where he addressed a large crowd.
Subsequently, he held a rally in Tamale that was described as electrifying. The 2024 NPP flagbearer also visited Yendi, Bimbilla, and Saboba in the Northern region.
His upcoming plans include a courtesy call on the king of the Gonja Kingdom, Yagbonwura Bi-Kunuto Soale Jewu, at the Jakpa palace in Damongo, followed by another rally.