The Overlord of Dagbon Ya-Na Abukari II has asked Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Former President John Dramani Mahama, flagbearers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) respectively to see themselves as brothers, not enemies.
He said this when Dr Bawumia paid a courtesy call on him on Tuesday, November 21 as part of his thank you tour after being elected flagbearer of the NPP.
“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 for his part said “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 been on a thank-you tour since his election on November 4 as the flagbearer of NPP.
His first port of call was his home region on Monday, November 20 where he addressed a mammoth crowd. He later held a rally in Tamale which many describe as electrifying.
The 2024 NPP flagbearer also visited Yendi, Bimbilla and Saboba all in the Northern region. He is expected to pay a courtesy call on the king of the Gonja Kingdom Yagbonwura Bi-Kunuto Soale Jewu at the Jakpa palace in Damongo and also hold a rally.