Alan Kyerematen’s supporters on the streets of Kumasi
Scores of New Patriotic Party (NPP) polling station executives, clad in Alan Kyerematen t-shirts, stormed the streets of Kumasi Monday morning, demanding that Nana Akufo-Addo stepped down for Alan to lead the NPP as flagbearer in 2016.
The group which goes by the name ‘Committee For The Advancement Of Democracy,’ made up of NPP polling station executives in the Ashanti Region, said Nana Akufo-Addo had twice in succession failed to deliver political power for the NPP as flagbearer.
They observed with pain that the NPP’s votes during the 2008 and 2012 polls showed a declining pattern, adding that it was a clear signal that Nana Akufo-Addo’s popularity was waning; therefore he could not lead the NPP to victory in 2016. They, thus, demanded that Nana Addo should step aside and allow Alan to go as flagbearer.
The charged Alan Kyerematen supporters held placards with inscriptions which read; ‘NPP is tired of opposition; we need Alan Cash’, ‘Ghana needs Alan Cash’, and ‘Alan is a genuine unifier’, among others.
They marched through the principal streets of Kumasi amid singing and dancing to music provided by a ‘jama’ group. The Alan
supporters stormed areas such as Asem, Adum, Kejeta and other places.
Addressing the media, Michael Asante, coordinator of the group, urged Nana Akufo-Addo to keep his promise by stepping aside to allow Alan Kyeremanten lead the NPP in 2016.
He recounted that Nana Akufo-Addo, during the NPP’s congress in Legon in 2007, assured Alan Kyerematen that he (Alan) would follow him as NPP flagbearer, adding that after two defeats, it was now time for Nana to allow Alan to lead the party.
Mr Asante said the NPP needs a person who could secure political victory for the party and not just a flagbearer, noting that Nana Akufo-Addo had proven that he could only be a flagbearer of the NPP but could not win political power.
He stated emphatically that Alan Kyerematen has all the potentials, experience and knowledge to win political power—something which had eluded the NPP in two successive polls.
Mr Asante predicted a landslide victory for Alan Kyerematen at the party’s upcoming national congress, saying that majority of NPP supporters, including the youth, are in support of Alan.
He said Alan Kyerematen was not frightened about the outcome of the just ended special congress of the NPP which Nana Akufo-Addo won by 80 percent, saying that those who voted were less than one percent of the people who would vote in the October 18 congress.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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