The former trade minister has jumped the NPP ship, barely a month after he withdrew from the party’s presidential primaries citing bias
The former trade minister has jumped the NPP ship, barely a month after he withdrew from the party’s presidential primaries citing bias.
Addressing the media on Monday (25 September), Kyerematen said he will contest the 2024 presidential election as an independent candidate.
“I believe I have served my country well and intend to continue to do so. On the 5th of January 2023, I resigned honourably from my position as Cabinet Minister and declared my intention in a national broadcast to contest the Presidential primaries of NPP,” he said.
“Under the circumstances and given the context provided, I wish to use this platform to announce that I am honourably resigning with immediate effect from the New Patriotic Party to contest for the high office of the President of the Republic of Ghana in the 2024 General Elections, as an Independent Presidential Candidate.”
“To actualise this goal, I will establish and lead a new MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE in Ghana. The brand logo for the MOVEMENT is the monarch butterfly, which politically symbolises change and transformation, hope, and positivity. It also communicates strength, endurance, spirituality and trust, which are key traits that I cherish as a political leader. In Akan, it is known as afrafranto. The brand motto of the MOVEMENT is ‘Ghana Will Rise Again’, which symbolises hope for the future of Ghana,” Kyerematen said.
Reacting to the development in a letter, the former deputy trade minister Ahenkorah – an ally of Kyerematen – said his allegiance for the NPP will not change.
“I am writing to share my thoughts on the recent resignation of Alan Kyerematen, with whom I had the privilege of working closely from 2017 to 2020 when I served as his deputy. His decision to step down has had a profound impact on me,” he wrote.
“I extend my best wishes to Kyerematen as he embarks on a new chapter in his life. I hope he finds fulfilment and success in his future endeavors. Thank you for your understanding and continued support,” the letter added.
Below is a copy of the letter: