In a surprising turn of events, Alan Kyerematen, a prominent figure within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the former Minister for Trade and Industry, has announced his decision to break away from the party and run as an independent candidate in the upcoming 2024 elections.
Kyerematen’s decision has sent shockwaves through the political landscape, as he has been a steadfast member of the NPP for many years.
Kyerematen, a seasoned politician, is widely recognized for his contributions to the NPP and his roles in various government positions.
However, at a press conference held in Accra on Monday, September 25, Mr Kyerematen outlined his reasons for departing from the party.
“Under the circumstances and given the context provided, I wish to use this platform to announce that I am honourably resigning with immediate effect from the New Patriotic Party to contest for the high office of the President of the Republic of Ghana in the 2024 General Elections, as an Independent Presidential Candidate.”
Kyerematen emphasized his commitment to addressing the pressing issues facing the country, including economic development, job creation, and social welfare. He stated that his decision to run as an independent candidate was driven by his belief that this approach would enable him to better serve the interests of the Ghanaian people.
His candidacy as an independent presents a unique challenge to the established political order in Ghana, with the potential to reshape the political landscape.
This is the second time Mr. Kyerematen has quit from the NPP.
Feeling bitter about the loss in the 2007 presidential primary and what he described subsequently as being sidelined, Alan, in 2008 resigned from the NPP in a similar move but was politically coerced and later rejoined the party.
Kyerematen’s decision to break away from the NPP again and contest the 2024 elections as an independent candidate marks a significant moment in Ghanaian politics.
Alan’s Movement for Change Party
Mr Kyerematen said for him to “Actualise this goal, I will establish and lead a new Movement for Change in Ghana.
“The brand logo for the MOVEMENT is the Monarch Butterfly, which politically symbolizes change and transformation, hope, and positivity. It also communicates strength, endurance, spirituality, and trust, which are key traits that I cherish as a Political Leader.
“In Akan, it is known as Afrafranto. The brand motto of the b is “Ghana Will Rise Again,” which symbolizes hope for the future of Ghana.”
The former Trades Minister said, “The new Movement will be led and powered by the youth of Ghana. Out of the over 17 million registered voters in the 2020 general election, the youth aged 18-35, years constituted over 9.4 million voters representing 55% of the total voters.”
“I believe, with unwavering conviction, that I am the only leader who, with unmatched integrity can guarantee the economic and industrial transformation of Ghana, the restoration of confidence in political leadership, and the unification of an increasingly divided nation.
“My unique selling proposition as a leader is Vision, Competence, Integrity and Action.”
Alan and party structures
Mr Kyerematen had previously considered joining an existing political party with established structures but abandoned that decision under undisclosed circumstances.
His resignation from the NPP will mark the second time the former NPP flagbearer hopeful has left the party, having done so for the first time in 2008.
It also signifies his readiness to part ways with the party when his ambition of leading the NPP doesn’t materialise.
In 2008, Mr. Kyerematen resigned from the NPP after losing the Presidential primaries to the then-candidate Akufo-Addo, citing the intimidation of his supporters as the reason.
Similarly, he recently withdrew from the NPP Presidential race after finishing a distant third in the super delegates’ congress held on August 26, 2023, citing intimidation and an unfair playing field as reasons for his withdrawal.
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