By Emmanuel Oti Acheampong
In the very few days after the New Patriotic Party held its Super Delegates Conference, the party has been met with so my occurrences and developments with the biggest one being the longest-serving candidate Alan Kyerematen’s withdrawal from the race.
Pursuant to his withdrawal, the former Trade and Industry Minister, on September 24, 2023, officially through a press conference announced his resignation from the New Patriotic Party and also made known his intention to contest for Presidency as an independent candidate. He used the same opportunity to launch the movement he will be riding on to achieve his presidential ambitions.
In his announcement, Alan made a profound statement that the NPP he joined in 1992 has lost its resemblance in the current dispensation.
He also stated that, the party has been hijacked by some Leaders and elders of the party and skewing things in favor of one particular Candidate.
“The Party has been hijacked by a selected group of Party leaders and elders, and government appointees behind the curtain power brokers”, Alan stated.
In a response, the General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Frimpong Kodua through a press conference organized on September 26, 2024 refuted claims made by the founder of Movement for Change, Alan Kyerematen.
He expressed disappointment and shock at the resignation of the illustrious Alan and the claims he made.
Mr. Kodua refuted the claims of hijacking made by Mr. Kyerematen saying that, the party has rather made significant inclusions within the political spaces when it comes to leader selections.
He maintained that the leadership finds such statements false and misleading.
“Historically, the selection of flagbearers for political parties in Ghana had been the preserve of a privileged few until the New Patriotic Party took the bold decision to decentralize the process by expanding its electoral college to enfranchise some One Hundred and Six Thousand, Five-Hundred and Ninety (106,590) delegates in 2010,” he said.