Aspiring NPP flagbearer Alan Kyerematen has warned party followers to refrain from actions that can disrupt the peace and unity inside the party.
This comes after some allegedly offensive remarks made by one of the organizers of a health walk that was held in his honor over the weekend in Kumasi, Ashanti.
The gathering was addressed by Mr. Hopeson Adorye, who reportedly declared, “The NPP has a tradition. We follow the Busia, Danquah, and Dombo traditions.
Busia symbolizes the Ashanti Region and the Bono areas, while Dombo represents the Northern Region. Danquah represents the Eastern Region and the bottom (south).
The Dombos are always a possibility and would make a strong running mate for either a Danquah or a Busia candidate”.
Mr. Kyerematen commented on the situation, saying, “I understand, with great concern, that the unintended consequences of these comments, have generated strong reactions from different sections of the Ghanaian public, with the potential of creating divisions within the rank and file of our Party, at a crucial time in its history. “The New Patriotic Party has always stood for unity, peace, and progress for every Ghanaian.
These are unquestionably the same qualities that I have devoted my life to upholding during the years that I have served Ghana and the NPP.
However, he lamented the “dangerous trend of employing misinformation and propaganda in promoting divisiveness along ethnic, religious, and political lines in our body politic in Ghana.”
Read the statement below:
I stand for Unity!
My attention has been drawn to disturbing headlines and discussions in the media, in respect of comments made by Mr. Hopeson Adorye, after a peaceful health walk organized by individuals from all walks of life, in particular sympathizers of our great Party NPP, in the city of Kumasi on 13th August, 2022.
I understand, with great concern, that the unintended consequences of these comments, have generated strong reactions from different sections of the Ghanaian public, with the potential of creating divisions within the rank and file of our Party, at a crucial time in its history.
The New Patriotic Party has always stood for unity, peace and progress for every Ghanaian. Without a doubt, these are the very same virtues that I have worked tirelessly to uphold, in my years of service to Ghana and to the NPP.
It is a fact that the peaceful health walk was independently organized, and joined by thousands of well-meaning Ghanaian citizens across Kumasi, to express their passion for the NPP, in addition to their genuine support for what I have come to represent in the Party, through years of dedicated service. Much as I do appreciate this show of support, I would like to strongly caution against any acts or omissions of any individuals or groups of individuals that may disturb the peace and harmony in our party.
It is important that we all fight what seems to be emerging as a dangerous trend in our body politic in Ghana, of using misinformation and propaganda in instigating disunity along ethnic, religious and political lines.
I passionately believe that it is impossible or inappropriate, to diminish or distort the fundamental contributions and stature of any of the founding fathers of the NPP tradition, and I encourage Party faithfuls to focus on this indisputable fact. Indeed, it is the dedicated service of all the celebrated as well as unsung heroes and heroines of our great Party, that has, and continues to give life to the NPP, till this day. To borrow a leaf from the school ode of my Alma mater, Adisadel College, “Others have laboured, and we share their glory. Ours is to do exploits and add to their gain. Those who come after will take up our story.”
I encourage Party faithfuls to be vigilant and consistent in protecting this cherished unity, that has made our great party a beacon of hope to the people of Ghana, over the past 30 years.
Let us all pull together, and focus on the task of emerging victorious, in the challenging times we are faced with today as a country.
I stand for Unity!
Long live the NPP and long live Ghana!
Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen