…Kneeling for NPP running mate slot.
With the New Patriotic Party (NPP) 2024 flagbearer contest over, the jostling for who partners Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as running is in full swing in the ruling party.
But one person who is leaving no stone unturned is the Energy Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, alias “Napo.”
Napo has implemented both covert and overt strategies, positioning himself as a strong candidate for the NPP Vice-Presidential role in the anticipated “Breaking the 8” scheme for the December 2024 general elections.
His efforts are underscored by extensive media coverage, particularly in newspapers, and a series of awards from unknown organizations, presumably aimed at providing him a competitive edge within the NPP.
In a distinctive display of humility, Napo has been photographed kneeling before both Vice President Bawumia and President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The first instance occurred in Kumasi during a traditional event, capturing Napo on his knees before Dr Bawumia and his wife, Samira. The second image emerged from a function in Dubai, seemingly related to the Conference of the Parties (COP 28).
While, the reasons behind these acts remain unknown, they have been supported by an online article, penned by Kwame Adinkrah, positioning Napo as a symbol of humility. The piece, titled “Mathew Opoku Prempeh: Exemplifying humility and sobriety,” emphasizes his rise as a beacon of these virtues in national leadership.
Adinkrah’s piece applauds Napo for consistently displaying a humble demeanor throughout his political journey, blending firmness with decisiveness. Despite holding influential positions, Napo maintains an approachable and down-to-earth persona, fostering warmth in interactions with constituents and fellow politicians.
Pictures of the Energy Minister on his knees went viral early last week, with the surprised look on the faces of the Vice-President and his wife.
But just when that picture was running into oblivion, came another picture of him before the President at a function that appears to be the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
In both instances, no one knows exactly what led the Member of Parliament for the Manhyia South Constituency and former Education Minister down on his knees while speaking to the Vice-President and President, but his acts have since been backed by an article on the internet marketing him as a symbol of humility.
Over the weekend, a write-up sourced to one Kwame Adinkrah, on Ghanaweb entitled “Mathew Opoku Prempeh: Exemplifying humility and sobriety” noted that he had “risen” to become “a beacon of humility and sobriety in the pursuit of national leadership”.
“Dr Prempeh’s humility and sobriety have become defining features that resonate with citizens across the nation. Throughout his political journey, Napo has consistently displayed a humble demeanour, balancing firmness and decisiveness in his decisions”, the write-up said.
It concluded by saying “As Ghanaians await the nomination of the NPP’s running mate, Dr. Prempeh’s humility and sobriety stand as pillars upon which he builds his vision for a prosperous and united Ghana”.
Below is an edited version of Kwame Adinkrah’s piece marketing “Napo” the NPP running mate job.
As Ghana’s political landscape transforms, one figure has risen as a beacon of humility and sobriety in the pursuit of national leadership. The honorable Mathew Opoku Prempeh, affectionately known as “Napo,” has recently captivated Ghanaians with his remarkable qualities and unwavering dedication to public service.
Dr Prempeh’s humility and sobriety have become defining features that resonate with citizens across the nation. Throughout his political journey, Napo has consistently displayed a humble demeanour, balancing firmness and decisiveness in his decisions.
Despite holding key positions such as Minister of Energy and Member of Parliament for the Manhyia South Constituency, he remains approachable and down-to-earth. Whether interacting with constituents or engaging with fellow politicians, Dr. Prempeh exudes genuine warmth, putting people at ease.
His humility is further demonstrated by his receptiveness to diverse perspectives. He values dialogue and seeks input from all stakeholders before making informed decisions. This open-mindedness fosters an inclusive environment for free exchange of ideas, particularly in the critical areas of Energy and Education.
This collaborative approach reflects his commitment to servant leadership. In addition to humility, Dr. Prempeh embodies sobriety in both words and actions. He refrains from divisive rhetoric and inflammatory language, maintaining composure during debates and favoring constructive dialogue over confrontation.
This level-headedness allows him to effectively communicate his vision and the government’s goals while promoting unity among diverse groups within society.
Dr Prempeh’s dedication to public service is extraordinary. As the driving force behind President Akufo-Addo’s flagship program, “Free Senior High School,” his efforts to improve educational infrastructure and enhance access to quality education have positively impacted countless lives across Ghana. Napo’s commitment to uplifting communities through tangible actions underscores his hard work and dedication to public service.
Amid discussions about his potential role as a running mate to Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Napo’s humility and sobriety mark a departure from traditional political narratives. He represents a new generation of leaders prioritizing service over self-interest, emphasizing unity over division, and prioritizing progress over personal gain.
Ghanaians increasingly recognize these qualities in Napo, and his popularity continues to grow. Dr Prempeh consistently demonstrates an approachable demeanor and a willingness to listen, making him a beacon of hope for Ghanaian youth seeking leadership that prioritizes public service above all else.
As Ghanaians await the nomination of the NPP’s running mate, Dr Prempeh’s humility and sobriety stand as pillars upon which he builds his vision for a prosperous and united Ghana.