The last wish of former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie known widely as Sir John was for Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to become the flagbearer of the party and President thereafter.
Sir John who for once never hid his admiration for Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in view of what he described as his competence in dealing with issues, prayed that members of his party will buy into this idea before losing out.
He revealed in 2019 that apart from Vice President Dr. Bawumia, any member of the party who has the ambition of becoming flagbearer after Akufo Addo’s 8-year reign should jettison that aspiration.
The former Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission one of his last interviews said the NPP will be doing itself great injustice if another person other than Dr. Bawumia takes over as the party’s flagbearer after President Akufo Addo.
“The NPP is from the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition, Danquah is having his turn at the Presidency being represented by President Akufo Addo, Busia has also had his turn represented by ex-President Kufuor, it is now left with Dombo, where is Dombo? He’ll be represented by Dr. Bawumia when he becomes President. Nobody will dare contest Dr. Bawumia after President Akufo Addo has ended his 8-year rule. There is no argument about this. If the NPP indeed believes in the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition, then that is the way. Look at how the humble S.D Dombo then leader of the Northern Peoples Party (NPP) handed over the leader of the opposition role in Parliament to Dr. Busia when our part only had two seats in Parliament. Dombo certainly needs to be represented and that will be done by Dr. Bawumia.” He revealed.
Sir John who died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Intensive Care Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital will be buried Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
All the funeral rites are scheduled to take place in his hometown, Sakora Wonoo in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region