Claims that President Akufo-Addo, has warned his ministers and other appointees to stay away from his government, if they are desirous of succeeding him as President, might not have yielded any results, as more and more of them have overtly and covertly declared their campaigns less than three months into the NPP's second term in office.
It is an open secret within the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the next flagbearer race is a straight fight between the Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, and the two are in a Cold War situation towards annexing the slot in less than 21 months from now.
Already Dr. Bawumia's team and that of Mr Kyeremanteng, appear all set for the onslaught, including printing and pasting posters announcing their intentions.
But while the Vice-President's team appears somewhat discreet about his moves with faces largely hidden from the public domain, the Kyeremanteng team has been unrestrained.
Indeed, last Thursday, March 11, 2021, the Minister for Trade and Industry, stormed the residence of the Editor in-Chief of The New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako to commiserate with him and his family on the passing of his mother, Madam Gloria Aba Addison.
Interestingly, days before Mr Kyeremanteng's visit, the Vice President, had visited to console Mr Baako and the bereaved family.
But while the Vice-President was seen alone with Mr Baako and his wife; Ayisha, Mr Kyeremanteng, literally used the occasion to announce his campaign team.
Among Kyeremanteng's 11-member delegation to the Baako's residence was the ex-NPP General Secretary, Nana Ohene Ntown, who had been off the political raider in the last few years since Nana Addo became the NPP Flagbearer and moved to the Presidency after the 2016 election.
Already, there are speculations that Mr Kyeremanteng is likely to resign from the Akufo-Addo government in a year's time to focus on his ambition to lead the NPP into the 2024 Presidential election.
But ahead of his speculated resignation, his team has been circulating what they claim makes Dr. Bawumia unsuitable for the NPP slot.
An electronic image from the Kyeremanteng entitled "fact over grammar and fiction: Break the 8. Don't break the queue", the accused Dr. Bawumia of overseeing the dwelling fortunes of the NPP in the Northern Region compared to the late Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama.
What appears to be an extract from a document said "…please find Electoral Statistics and voting trend of the 5 Northern Region namely (Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Savana, North East). It is clear from the analysis that NPP actually did well at the north during the second term of Alhaji Aliu Mahama in 2004 than we performed in 2020".
The document stated that "in 2004, Alhaji Alui Mahama actually increased our votes by over 50% while we only increased our votes by 2.4% in 2020 in all 5 Northern Regions".
It added that the NPP increased votes in all northern regions in the second term of Alhaji Aliu Mahama (2004) but in 2020 we reduce votes drastically in Upper West and Upper East", adding "Ghana's presidential election are not won by number of parliamentary seats won, even if it was so, how do we present someone we struggled to make a simple majority with?
It stated that "we will never trade our base for a base that will only add 2.4% percent to our fortunes".
But the question on the lips of many is that despite the impressive outings of the late Aliu Mahama, Mr Kyeremanteng contested him during the 2007 NPP Presidential primaries, emerging second to the candidate Nana Akufo-Addo.
The counterclaim against Mr Kyeremanten is that the fortunes in the NPP have been plummeting since 2008 when he went ahead to resigned and came back later.
But the more thought-provoking question is, whether the NPP, has a counter-strategy for another Akan to emerge flagbearer if Dr. Bawumia ends like Aliua Mahama. The NPP carries the Akan tag and has been struggling to exorcise itself from it.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who has also been nurturing a presidential ambition, has openly told some party executives in the Ashanti Region that the governing party has failed to construct roads in the region which happens to be its stronghold.
During the weekend, he initiated a private meeting with some top-notch power brokers of the NPP in Kumasi, where he said the NPP has neglected the region by way of good roads.
He promised to fix the roads when he becomes the leader of the party and wins the 2024 elections.
At the said meeting, he made his presidential ambition known to those who were gathered, which included some constituency chairmen in the Ashanti Region, Dailymailgh.com revealed in an earlier report on Sunday.
His campaign team indicated at the said meeting that his campaign slogan is Okumkom (Hunger Killer) and his modus operandi for the internal campaign, will be distributing tractors to constituency executives and motorbikes to the polling station executives to farm though it will be a disguised campaign inducement across Ghana.
The meeting ended with participants taking 1000 Ghana cedis as transportation allowances.
The governing NPP will be going for their presidential primaries to elect a flagbearer for the 2024 polls.
As president Akufo-Addo's tenure comes to an end after a second term, delegates will be looking forward to faces who will surface to represent the Dankwa-Busua-Dombo tradition.
Dr Afriyie Akoto, a close pal of President Akufo-Addo and a son of the late Baffour Osei Akoto, who was a chief linguist at the Manhyia Palace, and a prominent member of the pre-independence National Liberation Movement (NLM) has been interested in becoming president for some time, but kept it to himself with the exception of close associates who knew about it.
He is said to have explained at the meeting that there has been incessant calls on him to enter the presidential race to replace President Akufo-Addo in 2024.