Supporters of former New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen are still in disbelief at his decision to withdraw from the campaign.
The former trade minister mentioned assaults on his agents and intimidation as grounds for his resignation in a statement on Tuesday, September 5.
He said that the alleged violent acts that were allegedly caught on camera during the super delegates’ convention may happen again during the NPP’s presidential primary.
Chris Larbi, the campaign’s Western Regional Coordinator, however, stated in a Daily Guide interview that “Alan’s sudden decision has actually broken the hearts of the supporters in the region.”
Even while Mr. Kyerematen’s choice was respected by his followers in the area, he claimed, the presidential candidate ought to have had more extensive consultations.
“If Mr. Kyerematen had consulted me or discussed his intention with me as the campaign coordinator in the region, I would have advised him not to withdraw. Mr. Kyerematen has thought me a lesson that there is no need to ‘kill’ yourself for a politician. Those of us who are at the grassroots trying to convince party members to vote for him on November 4 are shocked”, he said.
He said that the influential people in the NPP had prevented him from pursuing certain chances because he had sided with Alan Keyerematen.
The former Trade Minister, according to Mr. Larbi, is the ideal choice to lead the NPP and ultimately the country as President, but he cannot run for office alone.
“If you read his statement he said somewhere that he discussed his decision to withdraw with his family. So I believe that if he wants to set up his own political party or contest the next presidential election as an independent candidate, he can go ahead with the support of his family members and not those of us in the NPP”, he added.
Mr. Larbi believed that the nation-wide fidelity of Alan’s followers would guarantee the party’s continued rule beyond the general elections in 2024.