The announcement of Alan Kyerematen’s exit from the race has been hailed as positive news by Nana Akomea, the director of campaign communications for Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He claims that it is not shocking because he anticipated it.
Wednesday on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen program, Nana Akomea stated that Mr. Kyerematen will not be the only contender to withdraw.
“It is a step in the right direction, and I expected other people to also withdraw. It happened in 2008, and it was the same Alan. He resigned from the party but later came back to work for it.” he said.
Nana Akomea stated that the Bawumia team will speak with the former Trade Minister while preparations for the November 4 primary are still continuing.
“Everyone likes the winning team and it’s obvious the delegates have decided where the heart of the party is because if 10 people contest an election and the votes of nine can’t even add up to half of what one aspirant had, then it’s decisive” he explained.
On Tuesday, September 5, 2023, Mr. Kyerematen declared his intention to leave the contest after finishing third in the Super Delegates Congress.
With 629 votes, or 68.15% of the total valid votes, Dr. Bawumia won by a wide margin in what was predicted to be a three-horse contest.
Kennedy Agyapong, a member of parliament for Assin Central, finished in second with 132 votes, or 14.30%, while Mr. Kyerematen received 95 votes, or 10.29%.
His withdrawal, meantime, has elicited conflicting responses.