2024 Elections: Alan Kyerematen withdraws from the NPP flagbearer race

'Alan Kyerematen withdrawing from the NPP flagbearer race'
 2024 Elections: Alan Kyerematen withdraws from the NPP flagbearer race

In a surprising turn of events, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, a prominent flagbearer aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has withdrawn from the party's presidential race. This unexpected decision was revealed in a statement dated September 5, 2023. In this announcement, Kyerematen cited several incidents that he believed marred the integrity of the party's Super Delegates Conference.

Reasons Behind the Withdrawal

Kyerematen had initially canceled a scheduled press conference, leaving the nation in suspense regarding his political future. He finally clarified his stance, stating, "In light of the foregoing, I wish to confirm that I am honorably withdrawing from the process that will lead to the Presidential Primaries to be held on the 4th of November 2023. Following conversations with my family and other well-wishers, various stakeholders, and interest groups, I will offer an indication of the role that I will play in Ghanaian politics in the coming weeks."

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One of Kyerematen's primary reasons for stepping down was the intimidation of agents and an alleged bias in favor of another candidate. He voiced his concerns, saying, "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."

Concerns for Safety

The withdrawal took a poignant turn when Kyerematen revealed that his polling agent in the North East region had suffered severe damage to his eyesight during the elections. This incident, coupled with reports of violence and collusion at other voting centers, deeply troubled Kyerematen. The former Trade Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, also stressed his dedication to the safety of everyone who works with him and promised to look out for their best interests.

A Graceful Exit

Despite his withdrawal, Kyerematen extended his well wishes to the remaining aspirants vying for the party's leadership in the 2024 polls. He stated, "I wish all the other aspirants well as they continue on their journey. I also wish to use this opportunity to express my profound gratitude once again to my family, the Alan 4 President (A4P) Campaign Team, and all my teeming supporters in Ghana and around the world, who have supported me in diverse ways over the years. Please be assured that the battle is still the Lord’s and that those who wait upon the Lord shall have their strength renewed."

The Upcoming Race

With Alan Kyerematen's withdrawal, four candidates remain in the race for the NPP flagbearer position. The election is scheduled for November 4, and the candidates include Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong, former Agriculture Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and former MP for Mampong, Francis Addai-Nimoh. The much-anticipated voting will take place on September 6 to mark the beginning of the party's journey to the 2024 elections.

A Previous Standoff

It's worth noting that Boakye Agyarko, on August 31, refrained from participating in the run-off election organized to break the tie between himself and another flagbearer hopeful, Francis Addai-Nimoh. The National Council, during its meeting, agreed that members of the Council should vote in the party's September 2 run-off to decide the fate of the two flagbearer hopefuls.

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However, Agyarko disagreed with this new process, claiming it breached the party's constitution. In a letter addressed to Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, Chairman of the NPP's Presidential Elections Committee, Agyarko expressed his reservations, stating, "I refuse to be a part of such an act that seeks to unjustly truncate a previously agreed-upon process and cannot be part of what is about to be done on Saturday, September 2, 2023. I cannot, with a clear conscience, make such an impermissible concession to such an errant decision. I, therefore, respectfully serve this notice to refrain from such a contest. As always, I wish the party well."

In conclusion, Alan Kyerematen's withdrawal and the ensuing developments in the NPP flagbearer race have added a new dimension to Ghana's political landscape. As the remaining candidates gear up for the election on November 4, the nation watches with keen interest to see who will emerge as the flagbearer for the party in the upcoming 2024 polls.

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