Kennedy Agyapong, a prominent figure vying for the position of flagbearer within the New Patriotic Party (NPP), recently shared his decision to refrain from engaging with Second Lady Samira Bawumia. A self-described maverick in politics, Agyapong explained that responding to Mrs. Bawumia’s criticism of him would jeopardize her marriage. This revelation came during an interview on Oyerepa TV in Kumasi, which quickly gained attention on social media.
Agyapong firmly denied allegations suggesting he speaks ill of women and asserted that individuals who claimed the Second Lady did not mention any names in her speech would promptly accuse him of insulting women if he responded to her without explicitly naming her.
In no uncertain terms, Agyapong expressed his desire not to disrupt the marital harmony of the Second Lady. He stated, “I have vowed not to comment. You heard what Mrs. Bawumia said about me, but I didn’t reply to her because if I did, her marriage would collapse.”
When the host suggested that Agyapong’s remarks, without clarification, might imply certain motives, he responded with a concise “I said I won’t talk.”
Agyapong supported his decision through his continued silence regarding the comments made by the Second Lady concerning him. He has chosen to abstain from responding. Agyapong further asserted that Samira Bawumia had previously stated that he had received significant government contracts and achieved financial success but was now attempting to tarnish the reputation of the party that had been generous to him.
In a related development, the Second Lady urged delegates in the Amansie constituency to disregard Agyapong’s statements, where he indicated that the NPP would be pushed into opposition if he did not secure the flag bearer position.
“We need to demonstrate in our words that this election is of utmost importance to the party. We should not make any mistakes, but instead, present a united front. This is why we should all support a candidate who can lead us to victory. However, those who campaign with bitterness and anger, advocating for the party to go into opposition if their preferences are not met, can we accept such a position?” Samira remarked.
She emphasized that the candidate who proposed steering the NPP into opposition would not receive any of the benefits he had previously enjoyed if the NPP were to lose its position in office.