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A presidential candidate hopeful of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Francis AddaI-Nimoh has said that Alan Kyerematen’s resignation from the party came as a surprise to him.

He says though the decision is personal, it will have an effect on the party.

Speaking to Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin on Ghanakoma morning show on Akoma 87.9FM in Kumasi, Mr. Addai-Nimoh said they didn’t expect Alan Kyerematen to resign despite the current happenings in the party.

Alan Kyerematen announced his decision to contest the 2024 Presidential election as an independent candidate on September 25.

The decision has stirred public reactions with some lauding his move whilst others say he shouldn’t have resigned.

This is the second time he has taken such a decision after resigning from the NPP in 2008.

Reacting to the issue on Ghanakoma morning show on Akoma 87.9FM in Kumasi, Addai-Nimoh said he didn’t expect Alan Kyerematen to defect from the NPP at this crucial time.

“He is my senior brother, we speak all the time but he didn’t inform me of such a decision. This has come as a shock to me. I only heard it on radio and other social media platforms,” he said.

He added that no member of the NPP was going to be happy with the decision.

“What my senior brother disclosed this week shocked me. It really shocked me. No member of our great party will be happy that a bigwig like Hon. Alan will resign,” he stated.

Alan Kyerematen’s resignation from the NPP comes after the party held a special delegates’ conference to reduce the 10 aspirants who were contesting the flag bearer position to five.

The exercise which was held on August 26, 2023 produced candidates Mahamudu Bawumia, Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Owusu Afriyie-Akoto and Francis Addai-Nimoh to sail through to the final stage of the election.

Mr. Addai-Nimoh made the top five after Boakye Agyarko pulled out of a tie-breaker that was supposed to be organised between them. He said the modalities outlined in the party’s regulations which the Election Committee of the party changed was unlawful, and wouldn’t want to be associated with an illegality.

However, four candidates will now be contesting in the November 4 primary after Alan Kyerematen opted out of the exercise and subsequently resigning from the party to contest as an independent candidate.

He said his agents were harrased without any punishment for the perpetrators whilst the election was also skewed in one candidate’s favour.

By Benjamin Aidoo|AkomaFM|