New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer hopeful, John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen has lamented ongoings in the party. He described recent incidents within the party as a case of self-destruction.
The former minister in a statement on Tuesday, 05 September 2023, announced that he had compelled to withdraw from the flagbearer race. Related Posts NPP flagbearer race: Alan’s withdrawal, there will be more…
“I am committed to, and value the safety of those who work with me and for me, and I will always fight for their interest. “The question I keep asking myself is, “How did we get here as a Party in the first place, and how far are we prepared to tread on this dangerous path to self-destruction?” Mr Kyerematen questioned in his statement on Tuesday.
The flagbearer hopeful in his statement alluded to instances of threats, intimidation and assault on his agents in the party’s recently held special delegates congress and accused the party’s leadership of skewing the process in favour of another candidate while emphasising their inaction on the issues of concern.
“After having carefully analysed the results of the said elections, it is absolutely clear to me from events leading to, during and after the elections, that the Special Delegates Conference was strategically and tactically skewed in favour of one particular Aspirant.
The pronouncements made by some leading Members of our Party both before and after the elections, also lend weight to my observations. “The level of intimidation of varying intensity, directly and indirectly unleashed on a significant number of Delegates at various Voting Centers across the sixteen regions, is unprecedented in the history of our Party. In addition, the fact that my Polling Agent in the North East region has suffered severe damage to his eye sight, arising from his bold and courageous effort to ensure compliance with the very rules and regulations for the conduct of the elections as approved by the Presidential Elections Committee, will forever remain a dark spot in the history of internal elections within the Party. This incident and various acts of violence and collusion, reported in other Voting Centers, are appalling, unconscionable, and despicable,” he lamented. Noting his commitment to the safety of his agents and supporters, Mr Kyerematen who said he believes the event of August 26 will likely repeat itself come November 4, when the party holds a final delegates congress to elect a flagbearer said he has decided to withdraw from the race.
“Regrettably, I am not convinced that the circumstances I have referred to earlier, will not persist or even be escalated in the next round of elections, for which balloting is scheduled for Wednesday, 6 of September 2023. “In light of the foregoing, I wish to confirm that I am honourably withdrawing from the process that will lead to the Presidential Primaries to be held on the 4th of November 2023, In the next upcoming weeks, I will provide an indication of the role that I will play in politics in Ghana, after consultations with my family and other well. wishers, various stakeholders and interest groups,” he stated.