To stay in NPP or not? Alan speaks on political future today

The vexed question of whether Alan Kyerematen will stay in the New Patriotic Party ( NPP) or not will be answered today, Monday, September 25, 2023.

At 2:00 pm in Accra, the former NPP flag bearer aspirant will address the press on his political ambition, after he pulled out of the presidential candidate contest of the party.

During his withdrawal from the NPP presidential race, the former Minister of Trade and Industry cited reasons including intimidation of his supporters for his decision, an allegation the party denied.

He went on to indicate that he would be consulting with his family, well-wishers, stakeholders, and interest groups on his future involvement in Ghanaian politics.

Super delegates conference
In the NPP super delegates conference, which was contested by 10 aspirants, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia came first with 629 votes, representing 68.15% of the total valid votes. Kennedy Agyapong came second with 132 votes, or 14.30% while Mr Kyerematen placed third with 95 votes, or 10.29%.

Which way?
Sources indicate that Mr Kyerematen plans to pursue the 2024 presidential race as an independent candidate.
Other reports also said the former Trade Minister was exploring the idea of partner­ing with the Convention People’s Party’s (CPP) Ivor Kobina Greenstreet for the 2024 presidential election.

But, in all that, he has remained quiet, although some of his supporters have come out to deny the reports.
Others have also advised him against quitting the NPP, since that will be a betrayal of the party that had made him what he is today.

Crashed dream
Mr Kyerematen’s dream to become the presidential candidate of the NPP, which dates back to 2007, appears to have crashed. He contested the position of flag bearer of the NPP in December 2007 but lost to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The experienced politician who will be 68 years old on October 3, 2023, was considered the heir apparent to President Akufo Addo until Vice President Bawumia emerged on the scene.

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