In a bold and unexpected move, former Minister for Trade and Industry and one-time flagbearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Kwadwo Alan Kyerematen, has officially resigned from the ruling party.
At a press conference held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel on Monday, September 25, Kyerematen cited a range of issues, including intimidation and assaults against his supporters during the recent super delegates’ conference, as the driving force behind his decision.
Expressing his disappointment, Kyerematen remarked, “The intimidation and assaults that my supporters suffered from the just-ended super delegates’ conference leave me no other choice but to resign from the party.” He further disclosed his intention to contest the 2024 presidential election as an independent candidate.
A founding member of the NPP who joined the party in its early days, Kyerematen emphasized his dedication to the party’s core values of fairness, equity, probity, accountability, and transparency. He stated, “I have devoted the best part of my professional career to serving the Party, and I still believe in the vision of the founding fathers of the Party.”
However, Kyerematen voiced his concerns about the current state of the NPP, stating that it bears little resemblance to the party he joined in 1992. He accused a select group of party leaders, elders, government appointees, and hidden power brokers of hijacking the party.
He expressed his wish to use the party as a platform to bring his extensive talents, experience, and knowledge, acquired over 46 years both locally and internationally, to serve Ghana at the highest level of executive authority. Yet, he lamented that his contributions and services to the party were not appreciated.
Kyerematen recalled a similar scenario that led to his resignation from the party in 2008, and he noted, “It has become abundantly clear to me that my continuous stay in the Party will create further tension and division.”
In his parting words, Kyerematen declared his resignation from the New Patriotic Party to run as an Independent Presidential Candidate in the 2024 General Elections.
He assured that this decision would not destroy the party but instead provide an opportunity for the NPP to participate in a Government of National Unity in the future, thereby avoiding the risk of opposition in a potentially challenging 2024 general election.
He urged NPP members to support their preferred parliamentary candidates while encouraging them to cast their votes for Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen in the December 2024 Presidential elections, with the hope of becoming the sixth President of the fourth Republic of Ghana.