A voluntary pro NPP group, I am For Bawumia Movement has described as "hollow and laughable" attempts by elements it describes as "seasonal political merchants" to undermine the contributions of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to the New Patriotic Party.
The Insight Newspaper, owned and edited by arch critic of the NPP, this week published a front page story, purportedly from a pro NPP group, questioning the credentials of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in the NPP.
But in a press release issued on Thursday , I Am For Bawumia, said the Vice President has earned his formidable status in the NPP through hardwork and dedication, and no amount of machinations can erode his formidable status.
The group also ridiculed the publication by Kwesi Pratt's Insight newspaper, stating that it is a weak propaganda effort "by tiny elements within the NPP, and their collaborators in the opposition NDC to attack the person of the quintessential Vice President of Our Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia."
The group added that rather than being riled by the attack of Bawumia, it was rather thrilled by the dirt being thrown at him because it indicates that Bawumia is a thorn in the flesh if his critics, and also "the man of the people" to lead the NPP in 2024.
The group, describing Bawumia as a "loyal, humble and hardworking," leader who "doesn't abandon ship", also went on to list sacrifices and contributions Dr. Bawumia has made to the party and government, both as a running mate and Vice President, which the group said is the reason for his overwhelming popularity in the NPP.
Below is the full press release:
PRESS RELEASE BY I AM FOR BAWUMIA MOVEMENT
CONSTANT ATTACK ON BAWUMIA’S NPP CREDENTIALS BY SEASONAL POLITICAL MERCHANTS IS A CLEAR SIGN HE IS THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE TO LEAD THE NPP IN 2024
I Am For Bawumia Movement, has noted with optimism recent sustained, but weak effort by tiny elements within the NPP, and their collaborators in the opposition NDC to attack the person of the quintessential Vice President of Our Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Ordinarily, we should have been worried by such diatribes, but when it is coming from elements who are pained by the rising formidable status of the venerable Vice President within the rank and file of the NPP, we can only be thrilled that Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is indeed the man of the people.
And when such tactless propaganda is being fuelled and amplified by elements within the opposition NDC, led by one of their chief strategists and an arch enemy of the NPP, there can only be one meaning to that; which DMB is feared by both his opponents within and the opposition party.
EMPTY, LAUGHABLE PROPAGANDA
At a time the name Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is on the lip of the overwhelming majority of NPP faithful as the next to lead the party, it is amateurish for any serious political strategist to launch a lame campaign to question the status of Dr. Bawumia in the NPP. Even a political neophyte won't there question the status and contributions of a man who has made a history which may never be broken as a two-time running mate and a two-time Vice President in the NPP and Ghanaian political history.
But we are not surprised! Some of these seasonal political merchants only thrive when they sow seed of discord in the NPP to show to their paymasters, internal and external that they are working.
That time is here, and they have emerged from their hideouts, thinking they are wiser than majority and well-meaning members of the party.
They can impress their paymasters with such weak, hollow and laughable propaganda, but they can never deceive the overwhelming majority of NPP members, who are resolved to resoundingly reward Bawumia for his hardwork, especially to the party over the years.
BAWUMIA, A MAN OF UNWAVERING LOYALTY AND COMMITMENT
If today Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has attained formidable status in the NPP tradition and he is the people's favourite to lead the party next, it is because of his unwavering loyalty and commitment to the NPP party, as well as his humility to all manner of people.
People, who are today lagging behind Dr. Bawumia in terms of popularity within the party, cannot fathom why the Vice President is loved by party members, as demonstrated at the recent national delegates conference in Kumasi and at other events.
It is simple! Dr. Bawumia has earned his status by dint of his commitment, hardwork, loyalty, accessibility and humility.
As a committed member, Dr. Bawumia remained resolute, abandoned his burgeoning banking career and accepted to be a running mate for three consecutive times after losing the previous two. Having put his banking career on the line, he also put his political career on the line after the 2nd defeat in 2012 by being the NPP's STAR WITNESS in the 8-month long 2012 election petition at the Supreme Court.
Where others feared and run away, Dr. Bawumia put himself up for the party, and in the witness box alone, he fearlessly and gallantly defended the NPP with his sterling performance in eight long months.
Overwhelming majority of NPP members have not, and will not forget this singular act of bravery alone by Dr. Bawumia.
As a hardworking and a brilliant Vice President, the fruits of his labour have been one of the biggest talking points for Akufo-Addo government. If digitization has today become the hallmark of the government, it is undoubtedly down to the hard work of Dr. Bawumia.
His hard work extends to his commitment to be on top of government businesses as Head of the Economic Management Team, as most are linked with the digitization drive and the remarkable management of the economy.
As a loyal member of the party and government, Dr. Bawumia's status as the chief critic of the NDC and the defender in chief of both the NPP and the NDC is never in doubt. Both as a running mate and as Vice President, members of the NPP could always be rest assured that in Dr. Bawumia, they have a fearless, clever and a loyal member who is always ready to dismantle the NDC's propaganda against the party, and also communicate government's achievements to Ghanaians.
To the seasonal political merchants, who are pretending not to be aware of the potency of Dr. Bawumia, and why he is so loved by party members, they should just revisit campaign periods for recent elections which Bawumia was running mate, and see how he has worked hard to turn many hitherto, NDC strongholds into NPP fortress.
The seasonal political merchants can spread their weak propaganda to milk their paymasters, but NPP faithfuls are too smart!
Bawumia is not a seasonal politician who abandons ship and resurfaces when the storm is over. Rain or shine, in victory and in defeat, he is with the party, and very accessible to members, regardless of status, even as Vice President.
NPP is a true democratic party which rewards UNSHAKEN loyalty, commitment and hard work.
The venerable DMB has proven his mettle as a man of UNSHAKABLE loyalty who never abandons ship. He is a man you can trust, and the party shall reward him resoundingly.
Long Live NPP
Long Live Ghana
(Ag. Head of Communications)