A 2024 disappointed flag bearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Boakye Kyeremanteng Agyarko has averred that Alan Kyerematen is not alone in resigning from the NPP. There are many others who, according to Mr. Agyarko, have resigned from the party in their hearts but are waiting to communicate their exit at the ballot box in 2024.
“There are many in our party today who have, out of dismay, resigned in their hearts and are only waiting to walk away from us at the ballot box,” he said in a statement issued Tuesday, September 26, 2023.
Mr. Boakye Agyarko was among 10 presidential aspirants of the NPP who qualified for a run-off to join the final five candidates for the primary in November, after the August 26 special delegates’ conference was used to trim the number.
But he pulled out of the run-off, after the laid down regulations guiding the conduct of such election was bent by the election committee of the party. His abstinence gave Francis Adai-Nimoh the leeway to join the then selected four until Alan Kyerematen also pulled out of the race.
During his announcement of resignation from the NPP, Mr. Kyerematen noted the Executive Council of the party failed to sanction certain subjects who harassed his agents at the August 26 exercise after skewing the process in one particular candidate’s favour. He resigned on September 25 to form a new Movement for Change to contest the 2024 presidency as an independent candidate after also alleging that the NPP has been hijacked by a few people running affairs their own way.
Commenting on his resignation, Mr. Boakye Agyarko lauded Alan Kyerematen for airing his piece and cautioned the NPP that there are more party people who are disgruntled but cannot come out like Alan and would announce their resignation on December 7 at the ballot box.
Find below a statement he issued to that effect:
The unfortunate departure of Alan Kyerematen from our ranks must serve a necessary and sufficient notice to us all and lead us to a time of deep introspection rather than a time for gloating or the display of triumphalist arrogance.
The history of our tradition must teach us that the consequences of events such as has now befallen us since the heady days of 1951 to date have always been negative and have cast a deep and lingering shadow on our electoral fortunes.
At least, my brother Kyerematen has put his thoughts and feelings on paper for all to appreciate.
How about the many who harbour similar and maybe more petulant sentiments in their hearts but are not openly expressing same. There are many in our party today who have, out of dismay, resigned in their hearts and are only waiting to walk away from us at the ballot box.
Now is the time to smoothen ruffled feathers and assuage wounded sentiments across the length and breath of our party. Now is the time to examine ourselves if indeed we are true and faithful to the tenets and values of the UP tradition or we have metamorphosed into an ugly shadow of what we should be. These must become the urgent task ahead of us.