Alan Kyeremanten’s resignation from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has ignited a flurry of speculations and political conjectures. Dr. Lawrence delves into the intricacies surrounding this decision, shedding light on the evolving dynamics within the NPP.
One thing seems certain—Alan Kyeremanten is not looking back. His departure signals a firm commitment to his chosen path, one separate from the NPP’s. The reference to the “Akyem mafia” and claims of a damaged NPP suggest deep-seated concerns within the party.
The assertion that the NPP is now composed of a “dangerous criminal cabal” reflects the heightened tensions and divisions within the party, emphasizing the gravity of Alan’s decision to part ways.
Dr. Lawrence raises a poignant question: Why did Alan Kyeremanten opt to form a movement when victory in the 2024 elections appears unlikely? The answer lies in the intricate details of the political landscape, which may not be immediately apparent to all.
The upcoming parliamentary elections in December 2023 present a strategic opportunity for Alan. By then, he could establish himself as a formidable independent candidate, potentially attracting disillusioned MPs who feel they have been mistreated within the party.
Another enigma is whether the other seven contestants secretly support Alan’s movement. If they share the belief that the establishment is not the solution to Ghana’s problems, they may opt to back a non-NPP presidential candidate while remaining within the party.
The clandestine nature of some of these alliances adds an element of uncertainty to the NPP’s future. Those who openly declare their support for Alan may be fewer in number, but it is the covert alliances that could have a more significant impact.
The reaction of Ken Agyapong, should he lose on November 4, is yet another variable. His vast following and the lingering resonance of his message could shape the political landscape in 2024.
Dr. Lawrence points out that the NPP, with its dramatic internal elections and divisions, faces a daunting challenge in addressing Ghana’s economic issues. The party’s longstanding problems have rendered it divided and disorganized, lacking a clear direction and vision.
Looking ahead, if Alan Kyeremanten manages his resignation effectively, he may attract a substantial number of silent NPP supporters to his side on Election Day. This could position him as a formidable force in the 2028 elections, surpassing even the prominence of Dr. Bawumiah and Nana Akufo-Addo.
Ultimately, as Dr Lawrence suggests, the day the NPP goes into opposition could serve as a stark reminder of the impact of Nana Addo’s tenure on the party’s fortunes.
Dr. Lawrence is the Founder of the Diaspora Progressive Movement in the USA, offering unique insights into the evolving political landscape in Ghana.