John Alan Kodwo Kyerematen, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reignited his presidential ambition,
calling on NPP delegates to elect a candidate who will appeal to both party members and floating voters.
He said the party needs someone “who can unite our party, put in place effective campaign mechanism, capitalize on our eight-year track record and deliver a concise message to offer hope for the electorate to return the NPP to power”.
Mr. Kyerematen was addressing separate gatherings of NPP constituency and polling station executives, supporters, and sympathizers in the Greater Accra Region on Monday, in what looked like an unofficial launch of his presidential bid for Election 2012.
He said that the battle for power in 2012 is not between him and other aspirants of the NPP presidential slot.
Mr. Kyerematen said he is a symbol of hope and prosperity, resourceful with fresh ideas, God-fearing, humble, attractive to floating voters, and a unifier who represents both young and old people who can deliver victory for the NPP in Election 2012.
He touted the achievements of the NPP government between 2001 and 2008, saying they were the party’s trump card for winning the polls in 2012.
Mr. Kyerematen said the party’s new presidential candidate must present an agenda which will help build on those achievements, to improve the lives of Ghanaians.
He outdoored his message for the 2012 election, which included expanding health infrastructure by granting loans to private individuals to build hospitals and clinics and ensure that all Ghanaians have access to proper medical care.
Mr. Kyerematen also promised to improve the working conditions of teachers, revamp education, road infrastructure and revive the economy to raise Gross Domestic Product and provide jobs and cash for Ghanaians.
He said these laudable objectives will remain vague without an effective machinery to sell them to the electorate.
Mr. Kyerematen promised a campaign strategy which will involve grass root participation and organization, and ensure that constituency and polling station members take control.
He said his decision not to request for a second balloting to determine a clear winner for the party’s flag bearer slot during its last presidential primaries in 2007 was to safeguard the interest and unity of the party.
Mr. Kyerematen said, “I made the supreme sacrifice to step aside and support my brother, for purposes of unity in the party even though I could have won if we had gone for the second round”.
He said with the expanded electoral college of the NPP, of which about 115,000 delegates will vote to choose the flag bearer, his chances of winning the slot is brighter.
Mr. Kyerematen addressed two gatherings each in three constituencies; La Dadekotopon, Odododoidoi and Klotey Korley, where he delivered a message christened “Restoring Hope for the Future, the Need to Make the Right Choice”.
He was met by enthusiastic NPP supporters, mainly the youth, who sang songs calling on the party, especially delegates, to choose a young and energetic person with fresh ideas to wrest power from the National Democratic Congress.
At Odododoidoi, there were temporary hold ups when Mr. Kyerematen walked through James Town, the Makola and Kantamanto markets, and Tudu traffic light as market women, commuters and passers-by demanded that he address them, amidst shouts that “we want you in 2012”.
At La Dadekotopon, he donated three bags of rice, two cartons of key soap, two gallons of cooking oil, two boxes of milk, toiletries and GHÃ‚Â¢500.00 when he visited the Osu ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Home.
Mr. Kyerematen was accompanied by party stalwarts like Kwabena Adjepong, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, Kofi Dzamesi and Yaw Buabeng Asamoah.