The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has urged calm among its members following the resignation of Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, a former flagbearer hopeful, from the party.
Mr. Kyerematen announced his resignation from the NPP on Monday to contest the 2024 presidential election as an independent candidate, citing, among other reasons, the non-appreciation of his services by the party.
The NPP, in a statement signed and issued by Mr. Justin Kodua Frimpong, General Secretary, said it was waiting for official communication from Mr. Kyerematen and would respond on Tuesday afternoon.
This is the second time the former trade minister has resigned from the NPP. Alan Kyerematen’s resignation from the New Patriotic Party comes barely a month after withdrawing from the party’s flagbearer race.
Alan was shortlisted as part of the top five candidates who were going into the final selection on November 4, 2023, but political analysts believed that he would have lost the November 4 election, considering the inroads made by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and Ken Ohene Agyapong as the leading candidates in the Special Super Delegates conference.
Alan placed third in the August 2023 Special Delegates Conference, having garnered less than 100 votes out of the over 900 votes.
Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong, considered by some an underdog, recently beat Alan, who had been in the race for more than 16 years.
It may be recalled that in 2007, feeling bitter about the loss in the presidential primary and what he described subsequently as being sidelined, Alan resigned in a similar move but later rejoined the party.
The NPP has been at the helm of affairs in governance since January 7, 2017, and is hoping to break the eight-year cycle of change of government that usually alternates between the NPP and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The delegates will, on November 4, decide who leads the NPP into the battle for political supremacy in Ghana.