Founder of the Movement for Change, Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, has reiterated his assertion that the NPP presidential primary was tilted in favour of one particular candidate.
He says the outcome of the polls as witnessed Saturday, November 4, 2023, was a confirmation of the allegations he had made earlier.
According to Mr. Kyerematen, the election of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia shouldn’t be a surprise to any political mogul considering how the incumbency established the position for him.
“Whilst using this opportunity to congratulate His Excellency the Vice President on taking over the mantle of leadership in the NPP, his selection as flagbearer is not a surprise to any serious political watcher. It was the widely anticipated outcome of the elections.
“I had been saying all along that the electoral process had been strategically and tactically skewed in favour of a particular candidate. That is what we saw on Saturday,” Mr Kyerematen said in an interview with the Daily Ghanaian Guide.
Mr. Kyerematen also raised questions about the margin of victory, noting that the Vice President’s 60% vote share, although substantial, might indicate that he lacks complete control over the ruling NPP.
“Judging from the widely publicised expected margin of not less than 80% in favour of the Vice President, I am inclined to think that the 60% vote for him provides a clear indication that the Vice President does not have total control of his own Party. The election results must also be analysed against the background that the Vice President has been campaigning for the Flagbearership since 2020 and has been the beneficiary of both State and Party sponsored support.”
Prior to forming the Movement for Change, Alan Kyerematen was part of the 10 persons who aspired to lead the New Patriotic Party in the 2024 elections.
Per the regulations of the NPP, whenever the aspirants for the flag bearer position exceeded five, a super delegates’ conference is held to trim the figure to 5 before the main primary takes place.
Prior to the November 4 exercise which elected the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the party organised an earlier election to reduce the 10 aspirants to five.
Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, Kwadwo Nsafoa Poku, Joe Ghartey and Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko were the five who were pruned out of the number after the latter pulled out of a tie breaker with Francis Addai-Nimoh.
Dr. Bawumia sailed through with Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Addai-Nimoh and Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen who resigned from the NPP after pulling out from the final primary.
He had raised the issue of unfair playing field in the super delegates’ conference which placed him in third position.