As the New Patriotic Party (NPP) awaits the announcement of the running mate of its flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, sources close to the Vice President have confirmed that Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah, former Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, is being considered as the potential running mate of the NPP flagbearer.
His consideration follows the need for a dedicated, God-fearing Christian who has shown unwavering commitment to both the party and the government.
The consideration to pick Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah is also a way to build a strong partnership with Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to secure victory in the upcoming December 7 elections.
Furthermore, Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah’s consideration, sources say, is aimed at bridging the differences of the power brokers within the party and seeking the votes of the huge membership of the Pentecost Church.
Interestingly, even though Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah hasn’t made any public statement yet, a post on his Facebook page recently read, “The Lord has a reason for creating me. Burying my talent and making it redundant is doing a disservice to my family, church, nation, and world. If I fail to speak, to work, to contribute, I allow the ‘bad’ minority to rule and dictate. Often, the silence of the majority or a good one helps the noisy minority destroy society or even rule. (From my script on Words of Wisdom).”
Apostle Professor Kwadwo Nimfour Opoku Onyinah (born July 22, 1954) is a Ghanaian theologian, a televangelist, a composer, and the fifth chairman of The Church of Pentecost from 2008 to 2018.
He founded the Pentecost International Worship Centre, a ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 1993. He holds a doctor of philosophy degree in theological studies from the University of Birmingham (2002) and a master of theology in applied theology from Regents Theological College. He is the last of the apostles who walked with the founder of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor James McKeown.
So far, several names have popped up as potential running mates. Among the prominent figures are Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, a seasoned politician and current Majority Leader in Parliament and Minister for Government Business; Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, current Chief of Staff at the Presidency; Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, MP for Manhyia South and Minister of Energy; Joseph Osei Owusu, MP for Bekwai and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament; Isaac Osei, former MP for Subin and Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, MP for Bosomtwe and Minister of Education.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, MP for Manhyia South and Minister of Energy, is on the lips of party members as they believe it’s a done deal for him, having succeeded in influencing Ashanti regional chairmen as well as the inner circle for the flagbearer.
Meanwhile Dr. Adutwum’s dedication to improving the country’s education system and his extensive background in academia make him a strong contender for the role.