Gordon Asare-Bediako, the Editor of ABC News and a vocal supporter of Vice President Bawumia, has described Alan Kyeremanten’s decision to withdraw from the race and subsequently resign from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as a blessing in disguise, even suggesting it has divine implications.
Asare-Bediako challenged the notion of Alan Kyeremanten’s supposed popularity within the party, questioning the credibility of the numbers claimed by the former Trade Minister. He pointed to Alan’s underwhelming performance in the Ashanti Region, where he received only ten out of approximately 126 votes. Additionally, Asare-Bediako raised questions about Alan’s support in other regions, such as the Volta Region and the Savannah Region, and how much Peter Amewu contributed to the ticket.
In Asare-Bediako’s view, the era of playing a numbers game with Alan’s alleged grassroots support is over, and he views these claims as nothing more than a mirage, asserting they hold no substance.
He went on to challenge Alan Kyeremanten to provide evidence of individuals he has assisted, established, or mentored as entrepreneurs during his long tenure as Trade Minister.
Regarding concerns about Kennedy Agyapong potentially affecting Vice President Dr Bawumia’s electoral prospects, Asare-Bediako acknowledged that it might not be an effortless journey. However, he expressed confidence that Dr Bawumia would secure no less than seventy percent of the votes in the November 4 presidential primary of the governing party. He emphasised the hierarchical structure within the party and how different levels of leadership influence each other, concluding that the individuals who participated in the August 26 special election held sway at the grassroots level.
In his estimation, Constituency Chairpersons wield substantial influence over those below them in the party structure.
However, the Majority Leader of the Eighth Parliament and Member of Parliament for Suame in the Ashanti Region, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, expressed his strong desire for Alan Kyerematen to reconsider his decision to resign. In a phone interview on Okay FM on September 29, 2023, he stated that such a reversal would not only benefit Alan personally but also the Elephant party.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs confirmed that, following Alan’s withdrawal from the Flagbearer contest, the party, led by its Chairman, Stephen Ayesu Ntim, engaged in what he likened to the “Lost Sheep” Parable as told by Christ. Their aim was to have a heartfelt conversation with Alan, hoping to resolve any issues. He further expressed his shock at Alan’s official resignation and his announcement of a Presidential race under the banner of the Movement for Change Party.