“It is the pain of rejection by the super delegates of the NPP and the intimidation and harassment of the supporters of Alan Kyerematen which is fueling his latest decision to resign and not any superior passion to help heal the partisan divisions in the country,” Sammy Gyamfi has said.
The NDC’s National Communications Officer says “it is too late for Alan to jump ship now” after having contributed to the economic turmoil the NPP government has subjected Ghanaians into.
As a Trade and Industry minister and a member of Cabinet for the past 6 years, Sammy Gyamfi says Alan Kyerematen’s poor policies sunk businesses and can therefore not be a viable alternative for the failed government.
According to him, “Alan is not and cannot be the solution to the very mess he participated in creating!”
A statement Sammy Gyamfi issued Monday night, September 25, 2023, moments after Alan Kyerematen announced his resignation and decision to contest the next election as Independent Candidate said, the former minister wouldn’t have resigned should he have been treated fairly by the NPP.
“Would Alan have resigned from the NPP if he had been treated fairly by the NPP in their ongoing Presidential primaries?” He quizzed.
“The point has to be made forcefully, that Alan is not a viable alternative to the failed incumbent NPP government.
“As a Cabinet Minister responsible for Trade and Industry and a member of the Economic Management team from 2017-2023, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng actively participated in the destruction of the economy into the mess it is today.
“Under his watch, the Komenda Sugar Factory was abandoned to rot for almost six (6) years. Growth of the manufacturing sector declined significantly and businesses were suffocated by the bad policies of his Ministry and government leading to several job losses,” he said in his statement.
Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, an aggrieved flag bearer hopeful of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) declared his intentions to contest the 2024 presidential election as an independent candidate Monday, September 25.
The decision followed his resignation from the party Monday, September 25, 2023.
The former Trade and Industry Minister has formed a new movement for change with the slogan, ‘Ghana can rise again’ using the butterfly as his logo for the 2024 contest.
Alan reiterated that he resigned from the NPP presidential elections as a result of what he has described as blatant attack on his supporters.
He says his supporters were treated with disdain without punitive measures by the Election Committee of the NPP to correct the ills that characterised the special delegates’ conference on August 26.
He also noted that the monitisation that characterised the first phase of the party’s presidential primary is unprecedented in the history of the NPP’s internal elections.
He told the media his continuous stay will further bring division and cracks in the party, saying the NPP has been hijacked by a selected few.
Meanwhile, NPP Chairman, Stephen Ayesu Ntim, had said Mr. Kyerematen wasn’t going to resign following talks that he had with him in his residence.
This is the second time the former Trade and Industry minister has resigned from the party following the first one after the 2007 primary.