Alan Kyerematen Breaks Away from New Patriotic Party, Plans Independent Presidential Run
Alan Kyerematen, a prominent political figure in Ghana and former Minister of Trade and Industry, has recently announced his decision to leave the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) citing concerns over the party’s leadership and direction. Kyerematen, who withdrew from the NPP’s presidential race, made his announcement at a public forum on September 25th, revealing his intentions to run as an independent candidate in the upcoming national election.
Kyerematen expressed disappointment and concern over the NPP’s direction, stating that the party has been overrun by a select group of leaders, government appointees, and certain party members. He had previously hoped to leverage the party as a platform to use his skills, experience, and knowledge gained from a 46-year career in service to Ghana at the highest level of executive authority. However, Kyerematen feels that his contributions were undervalued and that his continual presence would only lead to further division within the party. This sentiment echoes his reasons for resigning from the party back in 2008.
Launching the Monarch Butterfly Movement
As part of his new political direction, Kyerematen announced his plan to establish a new political movement, the Monarch Butterfly, to support his independent candidacy and to advocate for change in Ghana. This movement, which he intends to be driven by the nation’s youth, symbolizes change, transformation, hope, positivity, strength, endurance, spirituality, and trust.
The brand motto of the new movement is “Ghana Will Rise Again”, a symbol of future hope for the country. Kyerematen emphasized the crucial role of the youth in the upcoming 2024 General Elections, noting that they made up over 55% of the total voters in the 2020 general election. He hopes that his new movement will empower the youth and catalyze a transformation in Ghana’s political landscape.
Resignation Sparks Political Discourse
Kyerematen’s decision to resign from the NPP and to run as an independent candidate in the 2024 Presidential Elections has sparked a flurry of political discourse. His departure marks his second exit from the NPP, having previously resigned in 2008 after losing the Presidential primaries. His decision to withdraw from the NPP’s recent Presidential race, citing intimidation and an unfair playing field, has only fueled his determination to pursue his political ambitions independently.
Despite this, some members of the NPP have refuted Kyerematen’s claims of an unfair electoral process during the August 26, 2023 Super Delegates Congress. The governing party stated that it did not favor any flagbearer race aspirant.
The Road Forward
Moving forward, Kyerematen is determined to make an impact on Ghana’s political landscape, emphasizing his vision for the nation and his commitment to addressing pressing issues such as economic development, job creation, and social welfare. He believes that running as an independent candidate will allow him to better serve the interests of the Ghanaian people.
This new phase in Kyerematen’s political career is expected to significantly shape the political landscape leading up to the 2024 elections. His decision to break away from the NPP and establish a new political movement aimed at empowering the youth and advocating for change is anticipated to bring a fresh perspective to Ghana’s political discourse.
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