- Former trades and industry minister Alan Kyerematen has resigned from the New Patriotic Party (NPP)
- Kyerematen now plans to run for president as an independent candidate in the 2024 general election
- The Head of Polls at Global InfoAnalytics, Mussa Dankwah, told YEN.com.gh this would be a blow to Vice President Bawumia
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Alan Kyerematen has resigned from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and plans to contest the presidency as an independent candidate.
He cited a lack of fairness from within the party for his resignation.
Kyerematen's resignation from the NPP follows his withdrawal from the party's flagbearer race, which he described as unfair.
He announced the latest development in his political career during a public address on September 25, 2023.
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Kyerematen said the NPP as a party had eroded into undemocratic practices.
"The NPP as it exists now has minimal resemblance to the party that I joined in 1992 and helped develop. The party has been hijacked by a select group of party leaders and elders, government appointees, behind-the-curtain power brokers and some unscrupulous part apparatchik."
"It is abundantly clear to me that my service and contributions to the party are not appreciated and that my continuous stay in the party will create further tensions and divisions,” he said.
This announcement comes after the NPP leadership claimed Kyerematen does not plan to abandon the party.
Trouble for NPP and Bawumia
The Head of Polls at Global InfoAnalytics, Mussa Dankwah, described the announcement by Kyerematen as the final nail in the coffin of Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia's presidential bid.
He, however, said the National Democratic Congress Flagbearer, John Mahama, remained on solid ground ahead of the 2024 election.
"...we believe that his entry into the race as an independent will be to more damage to the NPP than the NDC."
"If Alan is able to drag the NPP down by even 14 percent, that is significant… if you are losing another 10 percent tor 15 percent from your block going to Alan, there is no coming back," Dankwah said.
NPP rejects Alan's claims of unfair electoral process
Meanwhile, the NPP refuted claims of an unfair election process during the August 26, 2023 Super Delegates Congress.
The governing party said it did not favour any flagbearer race aspirant, as Kyeremanten alleged.
The NPP also noted unhappiness about Kyeremanten’s withdrawal from the NPP flagbearer race.
Kyerematen's performance at Special Delegates Congress
Most polls had tipped Bawumia to win the polls comprehensively.
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Bawumia was followed by the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, with 132 votes.
Kyerematen came third with 95 votes, underperforming according to projections.
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