A seismic political upset has sent shockwaves through the ranks of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) as Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, a former secondary school junior to the longest-serving Trade Minister, has emerged as the unexpected occupant of the coveted number 2 position. This surprising twist of fate unfolded during the recently concluded super delegate conference, reshaping the party’s hierarchy and leaving both insiders and observers perplexed by the sudden shift.
For an impressive span of sixteen years, John Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, the vice Chairman of the now-defunct Young Executive Group, firmly held the esteemed title of number 2 in the party’s flagbearership. His unwavering grip on this position began in 2007, prevailing over fourteen contenders and securing the second-place position alongside candidate Akufo-Addo. The well-known EMPRETEC Man maintained his hold on the number 2 spot in the 2010 and 2014 iterations as well.
However, the political landscape underwent a drastic transformation with the emergence of Kennedy Ohene Agyapong—a name traditionally linked with media and business circles. Agyapong defied expectations, rallying considerable support and successfully ascending to the second-place position in the party’s flagbearership race. Known for his perceived candidness and provocative statements, Agyapong presented himself as a fresh and distinct voice within the party’s echelons.
The super delegate conference, tasked with narrowing down the aspirant pool to a select five, witnessed an unprecedented surge of backing for Agyapong, marking a watershed moment in the party’s history.
The aftermath of this political upheaval continues to reverberate through the NPP and the broader political arena. Analysts theorize that Agyapong’s elevation could signify a shift towards a more assertive and vocal stance.
As Alan Kyeremanten gracefully steps down from his long-held position, speculation swirls around his future trajectory. While Agyapong’s supporters celebrate the arrival of a novel perspective, Kyeremanten’s loyal followers contemplate the path to reclaiming their coveted spot come November 4.
Analysts are also scrutinizing potential miscalculations made by the ‘Aduro Meso’ singer. The unforeseen elevation of Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, transcending his role as Assin Central legislator to secure the number 2 position, stands as a vivid reminder that in the realm of politics—as in life in general—boundaries can be transcended, aligning with Vice President Bawumia’s inspiring tagline, “It’s Possible.”
As the party adjusts to this new reality, the nation remains captivated by the evolving repercussions of this transition, extending beyond the realm of the NPP and echoing throughout the broader political landscape.
Regrettably, the conference fell short of selecting five candidates, settling on four instead. This has set the stage for a runoff between former Mampong lawmaker, Francis Addai-Nimoh, and Boakye Agyarko, a former Energy Minister who was dismissed for providing misleading information to the president.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia achieved a resounding victory, commanding 68.15 percent and securing the top spot with 629 out of a total of 797 votes in his favour. This surpasses the support garnered by both his elder brothers and his father. Kennedy Agyapong, surpassing his ADISADEL School senior Alan Kyeremanten, claimed the second position with 132 votes, constituting 14.30 percent of the total. Meanwhile, Alan Kyeremanten slipped to the third position with 95 votes, representing 10.29%. Dr Afriyie Akoto secured the fourth spot with 36 votes, accounting for 3.90%, while Francis Addai-Nimoh and Boakye Agyako jointly shared the fifth position with nine votes each.
As these results unfold, Mr. Kyeremanten and his team of supporters are contemplating his political future.
The A4P Campaign Coordination team is currently scrutinizing the outcomes of the Special Electoral College Election. Later this week, I will present a public broadcast outlining the path forward for my campaign, stated Alan Kyeremanten. The Alan campaign team is faced with the challenging task of clarifying how they achieved their position with apparent ease, while also looking ahead to divine intervention in the upcoming November 4 polls to regain their cherished spot.