My Independent Candidacy for Ghana’s 2024 Presidential Race Won’t Affect NPP – Alan Kyerematen
Former Trades Minister, Alan Kyerematen, has publicly announced his resignation from Ghana’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) and his intention to contest the country’s presidency as an independent candidate. Despite his departure from the NPP, Kyerematen has reassured the party of his ongoing respect for its ideals and values.
He posits that his decision will not harm the party. Instead, he believes it will present an opportunity for the NPP to be a part of a possible future Government of National Unity. This move, he suggests, could help the party avoid the risk of transitioning into an opposition party devoid of any advantages in the potentially challenging 2024 general election.
Kyerematen’s Vision for Ghana’s Future
As part of his new political journey, Kyerematen has urged the party’s supporters to vote for their preferred NPP Parliamentary Candidate and him as the presidential candidate in the upcoming December 2024 elections. His goal is to become the sixth President of the fourth Republic of Ghana.
In a recent speech, Kyerematen expressed his gratitude for those who have supported his vision and shown faith in the promise of a brighter future for Ghana. He provided a historical context for his decision, recalling his involvement with the Young Executives Forum (YEF) since 1992, which became the financial backbone of the NPP. As Chairman of YEF, he served on the National Executive Committee and the National Council of the Party.
The Reasons Behind the Resignation
Despite his substantial contributions to the unity of the NPP, Kyerematen narrates several instances of hostility and attacks against his supporters, leading to his decision to resign. He feels that his representations and appeals for attention to these issues fell on deaf ears, leading him to take the drastic step of leaving the party. His decision to run for the presidency as an independent candidate is seen as a protest against the alienation of his supporters.
Despite his separation from the NPP, Alan Kyerematen maintains his respect for the party and aims to contribute to its objectives as an independent candidate. He calls upon the party to support him in the upcoming 2024 elections and assures them that his decision will not harm the party’s future prospects. Instead, he sees it as an opportunity for participation in a future Government of National Unity.
With this decision, Kyerematen joins the league of politicians who have chosen to contest for the presidency outside the traditional political party framework. His actions could potentially reshape the political landscape of Ghana ahead of the 2024 elections, and only time will tell how this move will impact the NPP and Ghana’s political future.
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