The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has invited delegates in the Tema Constituencies to select a presidential candidate as the party’s flagbearer.
Mr. Alan Kyerematen was delivering a speech at a durbar in Tema when he directly interacted with delegates in the Tema West, Tema East, and Tema Central Constituencies to ask for their support in the next NPP Presidential Primaries scheduled to take place in November.
Mr. Kyeremanten, the former commerce and industry minister, revealed that millions of people in the Ashanti Region, the NPP’s stronghold, support his proposal to industrialise the country and are only waiting for delegates to cast their votes by voting him.
In addition, the entire nation is eagerly awaiting his selection as flagbearer. “Some of the opposition parties and Ghanaians are all in favour of my being the next President because they believe in me,” he said. Delegates, they are counting on you to initially support me,” he remarked.
“I am the only candidate that has the ability to split the vote in the Volta Region. Additionally, I have received support from the swing regions of Greater Accra, Central, and Western.
And for the five northern regions, he added, “If you choose me as the NPP Presidential Candidate for Election 2024, I intend to make them our stronghold.”
He said that history should be used as a guide for the present and that, having faithfully served the party since 1992, he is well-versed in all areas of the direction the party is taking.
The former president of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama, had been put to the test and had done everything he could for the nation, so it was time for Alan Kyeremanten’s leadership, he claimed, adding that the promise made to him to succeed President Akufo-Addo at the previous NPP Presidential Primaries needed to be fulfilled because the latter was getting ready to take a break and the former president was about to do the same.
He admitted that there was some little unrest among them as a result of the large number of candidates, but he had seen it coming and had a plan to fix it, so he decided to convene all three constituencies at the durbar.
Additionally, he recommended his fellow candidates to focus on spreading the message of unity rather than damaging each other’s reputations, since the party aimed to break the previous record of staying in power for more than eight years.
Delegates were instructed by the presidential hopeful to refrain from voting for anyone who could get them employment or in exchange for payment.
He claimed that his donations will pay for social security and other benefits for all party members.
According to Mr. Kyerematen’s bio, which the Ghana News Agency in Tema was able to get, he was Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America from 2017 to 2023 and served as Minister for Trade and Industry.
In the NPP administration of former President John Kufuor, he further served as minister of trade, industry, private sector development, and presidential special initiatives (PSI).
Additionally, Mr. Kyerematen worked as a trade advisor for the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.
In 2007, Kyerematen made a bid to become the NPP’s leader. He received 32.3% of the vote, finishing as Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s first runner-up with 47.96% of the vote.
In his subsequent bids for the party’s leadership in 2010 and 2014, Kyerematen came in second to Nana Akufo-Addo, the winner of the primary elections.