Alan Under Pressure

Alan Kyerematen
Nana Ohene-Ntow, spokesman for New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer hopeful, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, believes there is a deliberate and well-orchestrated ploy to force his boss out of the race.

This, according to him, was intended to make way for two-time presidential candidate of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to go unopposed in the upcoming congress of the NPP scheduled for October 18.

‘This looks like some kind of a scheme to put pressure on Alan…Even before Sunday’s congress, there had been a lot of pressure on Alan not to run, not to contest and after the Sunday election, they want him to step down…,’ he said during an interview on Accra-based Citi FM on Friday.

Alan had a paltry 8% in the Sunday, August 31, 2014 super delegates’ congress where Nana Addo had 81%, with analysts believing that Alan might be floored again by Nana Addo and therefore he (the former) should consider the option of stepping aside to save his image in the face of the margin of defeat.

But Nana Ohene-Ntow said the recent visit by the National Organiser, John Boadu, and some other regional organisers of the NPP to hold discussions with Mr Kyerematen on the way forward ahead of the crucial congress after five out of the initial seven aspirants who were contesting for the position had been shortlisted at the party’s recent special delegates’ congress, was all part of the grand scheme.

Apart from the Member of Parliament (MP) for Essikado-Ketan, Joe Ghartey, who has voluntarily stepped down from the race, Nana Akufo-Addo, Alan, Francis Addai-Nimoh and Kofi Osei-Ameyaw are still in the competition.

But, according to Ohene-Ntow, former General Secretary of the NPP during whose tenure the party went into opposition, John Boadu and his team ‘wanted to discuss the possibility of all the other candidates who remain in the race to present one candidate, in which case, there should not be any primary election.’

He indicated that the groups were unable to state the strategic basis of their proposal and which candidate they had in mind, whiles stressing the need for all aspirants to make the rest of the campaigning more decorous, devoid of attacks—in case they all decide to proceed to the next phase of the contest to elect the standard bearer, which is scheduled for October 18, 2014.

‘They were not able to indicate which candidate they had in mind, should there be a consensus for one candidate to run,’ Ohene-Ntow observed, adding that ‘They were not able to put it across and they were not also able to provide any details as to what kind of procedure or modalities should be followed.’

Ohene-Ntow further stated that just after John Boadu and his delegation had left Alan’s office, he had information that National Women Organiser of the party, Otiko Afisa Djaba, was also planning a similar move to talk to Alan to step down.

‘We had information that the National Women Organiser is also initiating a similar process where all the regional women organisers will come together to employ emotional tactics and use whatever emotional methods to push Alan to accept to step down,’ he said.

He was therefore of the strongest conviction that ‘If you put all of these things together, it looks like some grand scheme,’ whiles asking the leadership of the NPP to call those who were making the overtures to order and also ‘not to do anything to disenfranchise party delegates who are also looking forward to participate in the process of selecting a candidate.’

Meanwhile, National Organiser of the NPP, John Boadu, has denied claims their visit was part of a supposed grand scheme to get Alan to back down on his presidential ambition.

Instead, he said the visit was ‘to plead and wish that the vitriolic and sometimes, some of the allegations against each other will come down for us to have a unified and a cohesive party after the 18th’ and that they had no such intentions to get any of the aspirants to stand down.

He said his team visited Nana Akufo-Addo and Francis Addai Nimoh; but Kofi Osei Ameyaw was not available at the appointed time.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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