Independent candidate for the general elections of 2024, Alan Kyeremanten, has declared that he is unafraid of the candidates from the two major parties.
The former minister of trade and industry predicted that he will lead Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the polls.
Although Kyerematen congratulated Vice President Bawumia on being chosen as the NPP’s flagbearer, he said that this was a generally anticipated result. He noted that the results of the primaries seemed to indicate that the electoral process had been deliberately and tactically skewed in favor of a particular candidate.
“Whilst using this opportunity to congratulate His Excellency the Vice President on taking over the mantle of leadership in the NPP, his selection as flagbearer is not a surprise to any serious political watcher. It was the widely anticipated outcome of the elections. I had been saying all along that the electoral process had been strategically and tactically skewed in favour of a particular candidate. That is what we saw on Saturday,” Mr Kyerematen said in an interview with the Daily Ghanaian Guide.
Kyerematen also raised questions about the margin of victory, noting that the Vice President’s 60% vote share, although substantial, might indicate that he lacks complete control over the ruling NPP.
“Judging from the widely publicized expected margin of not less than 80% in favour of the Vice President, I am inclined to think that the 60% vote for him provides a clear indication that the Vice President does not have total control of his own Party. The election results must also be analysed against the background that the Vice President has been campaigning for the Flagbearership since 2020 and has been the beneficiary of both State and Party sponsored support.”
Kyerematen stated that he thought the NPP’s slogan, “Break the Eight,” did not adequately represent the problems that the majority of Ghanaians face on a daily basis, namely unemployment and economic hardship. In his opinion, the NDC also failed to offer a convincing substitute.
Former Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen in a shocking turn of events resigned from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on September 25.
His resignation came as a surprise to many as he recently emerged third in the party’s super delegates conference organised on August 26 for its presidential hopefuls.
Addressing the nation from the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, the former NPP stalwart gave the following reasons for his decision to opt out of the NPP.
Mr. Kyerematen also raised concerns about some hostility and brutality toward him and his supporters despite all the sacrifices that he had made for the party.
He said some serious post-primary attacks were unleashed against him and his supporters and that though he complained to the leadership of the party and was assured his complaints would be resolved, little to nothing was done to stop such attacks.