- The Al-Hajj newspaper is reporting that Alan Kyerematen may soon resign as trade minister
- The paper says the minister feels sidelined by the Akufo-Addo administration and is prepared to leave
- It adds that supporters of Kyerematen are also being persecuted by the administration
The Al-Hajj newspaper has reported that Alan Kyerematen may soon resign his position as the minister for trade and industry.
The paper reports, citing unnamed sources, that Kyerematen feels sidelined by the Akufo-Addo administration.
The report said Kyerematen lacks the authority to appoint the heads of agencies and institutions under his ministry and that all the people he chose to head agencies under his ministry were not considered by the presidency.
It said the minister also lacks control over the finances and policy direction of the ministry.
The Al-Hajj said supporters of Kyerematen such as Richard Anane, Hilda Addo, O B Amoah, Frederick Opare Ansah, Kofi Dzamesi, and Boniface Abubakar had either been sidelined or given low-profile positions in the Akufo-Addo government.
"Mr Kyerematen is so frustrated that he is contemplating resigning due to the humiliation he is going through… everything at that Ministry has been taken over by the president’s aficionados. Even one of his deputies is more powerful than Alan,” the paper quoted a source as saying.
Kyerematen contested Akufo-Addo in the NPP primaries ahead of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections.
In the 2014 primary, he argued that Akufo-Addo was not the right man to lead the party.
He said Akufo-Addo, who had lost two previous elections, did not have the ability to attract independent (floating) voters to the party, a factor he said was responsible for the NPP's electoral defeats.
Kyerematen said he had the capacity to attract independent voters and called on the party's supporters to elect him flagbearer.
The party, however, rejected his argument and voted for Akufo-Addo, who won with 94 percent of the votes. Kyerematen could only manage 4.75 percent.
Ahead of the 2016 elections, three NPP national executives - Paul Afoko, Kwabena Agyapong and Sammy Crabbe - were suspended by the party for allegedly working to sabotage the presidential ambition of Akufo-Addo.
The three was said to be secretly working towards a so-called Agenda 2020, that would have seen Kyeremanten elected as NPP flagbearer after an Akufo-Addo defeat in the 2016 elections.
The three executives, however, denied the allegations.
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