A Newly-Formed pressure group in the opposition New Patriotic Party, ‘Get Alan Kyerematen Elected’ (GAKE) has emerged to prevail on delegates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to consider the candidature of their idol and vote out people who have outlived their usefulness.
Referring to such people as “expired commodities”, the group (GAKE) suggested that Alan Kyerematen be elected to lead the NPP for the 2016 elections at the impending National Congress slated for next year to elect a flagbearer to lead the NPP for the 2016 General Elections.
In a statement signed by the National Co-ordinator of GAKE, Katakyie Kwame Opoku Agyemang, stated that it is the group’s belief that come next year when the NPP’s Congress is held, the overwhelming change that took place recently at the national executive elections in Tamale, will repeat itself in the upcoming NPP’s flagbearership contest.
He disagreed with the hard stance taken by the NPP delegates to impose a political commodity to political consumers who are not ready and willing to have a taste, let alone consume such a commodity. Opoku Agyemang indicated that GAKE was born to salvage the situation, and make the NPP a force to reckon with. He said GAKE has been formed to educate the NPP delegates on the need to change the aspirants because of their age, stating that flag-bearers are mandated to win presidential elections and not to send parties to opposition and turn around to blame others.
He also wondered why the NPP of all parties cannot try another market to see the difference between the two markets, in terms of patronage and profitability. According to him, there was a need for the party and delegates to respect consumers (voters) by offering them a new product, after they (consumers) kept rejecting the old and expired product.
Opoku Agyemang explained that the Ghanaian voter is discerning and that voting pattern was informed by so many factors and not just that one particular party, which has improved the economy or another party, has been bedeviled with corruption. He argued that if that was the case, the NPP would have retained power in Election 2008 because of NHIS and free maternal care policy and that the electorate would have voted massively against the NDC in Election 2012, because of the payment of unnecessary judgment debts.
He further explained that since the beginning of the first Republic, elections are generally based on three key factors; namely political party affiliation, tribal affiliation and personality traits, as evidenced in the voting pattern of the NPP and NDC for their presidential candidates.
He argued that tribal voting has been synonymous with our elections since time immemorial, and that party affiliation and tribal voting had been entrenched in our current democratic dispensation, saying the third factor, which is personality traits, has been overlooked by the NPP because it keeps denigrating people who cast their votes based on beauty, stature and posture.
Opoku Agyemang said one of the political mistakes the NPP keeps making is the failure of the party to incorporate these petty things in the party’s political activities and strategy. He bemoaned NPP members who still look down upon the voting criteria of head porters, truck pushers, the poor and other floating voters, forgetting that they are the true “Kingmakers” in Ghana because of their numbers.
GAKE stated that John Kyeremateng is the only person in NPP whose attributes overshadow those of John Mahama.
According to GAKE, Alan symbolizes all it takes to unseat the Mahama-led Administration, saying he (Alan) has good looks and charisma. He is tall, gentle, giant, humble, energetic, calm, handsome and peaceful.
The Co-ordinator took the opportunity to educate Ghanaians on Alan’s contribution to the NPP and Ghana, especially during political campaigns and also unraveled the unsubstantiated rumours about Alan’s resignation, and the PSI projects.
The National Co-ordinator of GAKE announced that the next meeting of the group was scheduled for the Volta Region in two weeks’ time and appealed to all the NPP delegates to observe the change in the NPP National Executives and make the final change in the upcoming NPP flagbearship contest to ensure an overwhelming victory in Election 2016.
The GAKE Coordinator appealed to all delegates to get involved in selling the message of “one more change for power” and get a new flagbearer for the NPP, whose main focus will be to win political power for the NPP, and not to send the party into opposition twice and believes in popularity and marketability.