Following the November 4 presidential primaries, New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters expressed jubilation over a meeting between the Assin Central Member of Parliament and Vice President Bawumia.
The meeting, initially reported by the pro-government Daily Guide newspaper, occurred at the MP’s residence, with a focus on party unity leading up to the 2024 general elections.
However, Adakabri Frimpong-Manso, a presenter with Despite Media, suggested during a broadcast on Neat FM last week that the meeting might not have been as harmonious as reported.
Frimpong-Manso alleged that Ken was allegedly ambushed after evading several invitations from the Bawumia camp.
“They did all they could to get him but he was also evading them, so they surveilled him till they realised he was at home and then they ambushed him,” he said on Neat FM last week, asking: “Isn’t there the need to inform people of your visit?”
He continued: “This was a case where he was not aware. They tried all they could through the handlers, so when they checked and got information that he was at home, they made their move.
“They kept very long at the residence and had extensive conversations,” he added stating that a central theme was around persons who abused Agyapong during the flagbearer campaign.
He said even before party unity, Agyapong had raised issues with some pro-Bawumia supporters who had publicly abused him during the flagbearer campaigns.
Adakabri said: “Our monitoring shows that two things were discussed. Pro-Bawumia people who had attacked Ken Agyapong, three names came up, Miracles Aboagye, Hawa Koomson and Ursula Owusu.
“It is clear that Ken will not agree to be on a platform with these three persons, but he was largely appealed to. They also discussed campaigning and how it would be structured. Nothing about running mate came up,” he stressed.
Dennis Miracles Aboagye is a presidential staffer who accused Ken Agyapong of having an over-bloated sense of importance in the run-up to the November 4 vote.
“We also, in the media, make people feel…There is something my godfather always says: You can have an overrated impression of yourself. He’s too sure about how many votes he can get in the NPP,” he said.
After the vote, he later changed his mind, saying that the Assin Central MP is an important resource for the NPP in the run-up to the 2024 election.
Serving lawmakers and ministers Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and Mavis Hawa Koomson were also reported to have spoken harshly against Kennedy while endorsing Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia to lead the NPP in 2024.
In a media interview at her constituency on the day of the vote [November 4, 2023], Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said “I know what the kingmakers in this constituency have told me,” she supported her claims, adding “Bawumia will secure nothing less than 80 per cent of the votes.”