Keep NAPO’s public speeches scripted – Political Historian warns NPP

A Political Historian from the Political Science Department at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor Samuel Adu Gyamfi, has advised the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to ensure that Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the party’s running mate, refrains from making unscripted public utterances and speeches.

According to Prof. Adu Gyamfi, this recommendation is due to NAPO’s strong personality, which may become overly apparent in public settings.

In an interview on Eyewitness News on Thursday, July 4, Prof. Adu Gyamfi emphasised that while Dr. Opoku Prempeh brings a wealth of experience to the Bawumia ticket, it is crucial for the party, especially his handlers, to ensure that he does not speak extemporaneously in public.

“I am of the view that in terms of public engagement when he is to deliver a speech or on a campaign platform, I will suggest that he does not speak extempore, and further, as I appeal, he should not speak off the cuff.

“I am of the view that the political handlers, marketers, and experts in speeches and those who are going to write those speeches for him must prepare him with a lower tone because he has a strong personality and charisma to be able to communicate with a party voice and in a way to also be quite humane.

“So, his speech should have a tone that is polite, respectful, cuts across, and has a certain soberness within the sphere,” he stated.

On Thursday, July 4, the National Executive Council of the NPP unanimously endorsed Bawumia’s nomination of Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, also known as NAPO, as his running mate for the 2024 general elections in December.