In a comprehensive evaluation of the political landscape within the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Okatakyie Afrifa-Mensah, the host of the Angel Morning Show, expressed his profound concerns about Alan John Kwadwo Kyeremanten, the former Trade Minister, and his ambitions for the NPP’s highest leadership position.
Afrifa-Mensah didn’t mince words; he took to his social media blog, ‘For The Records,’ to candidly share his thoughts with the aspiring flagbearer. Despite facing health challenges, he believed it was crucial and timely to convey his unfiltered perspective to Alan Kyeremanten.
The Asante Bonfa chief firmly believed that altering the outcome of the November 4 primaries would require divine intervention. He boldly asserted, “Only divine intervention can rescue you from the impending defeat that looms in November.”
Afrifa-Mensah suggested that Alan Kyeremanten seemed to be surrounded by sycophants and individuals who offered nothing but unwarranted praise, lacking the courage to provide him with honest feedback essential for making informed decisions.
He argued that Kyeremanten had failed to effectively position himself for the highly coveted NPP leadership role. He pointed out that, since 2017, Kyeremanten had not exerted substantial efforts to cultivate and nurture relationships within the party.
A pressing question weighed on Afrifa-Mensah’s mind: Why had prominent figures like Deputy Finance Minister John Kumah, Opare-Ansah, Keenwood Nuworsu, Mohammed Amin Adams, Kofi Dzamesi, and others shifted their allegiance from Alan Kyeremanten to Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia? He expressed his bewilderment at Kyeremanten’s apparent reluctance to personally engage with these individuals and seek their support for his political aspirations.
In Afrifa-Mensah’s assessment, Kyeremanten had fallen short in demonstrating strong leadership within his own faction of the party, particularly within the Ashanti region. He argued that Kyeremanten should have proactively taken the initiative to unify Ashanti NPP members around a common agenda. Afrifa-Mensah underscored the example of Majority Leader Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, who, despite having a background as a replacement parts dealer before entering parliament, could potentially have been swayed with assurances of Kyeremanten’s future leadership, such efforts appeared lacking.
Afrifa-Mensah strongly believed that Kyeremanten’s lack of active engagement with fellow party members had contributed to his recent electoral setbacks, including the loss of the number 2 position, in which Kennedy Agyapong played a significant role. He attributed this to what he perceived as an entitlement mindset, implying that Kyeremanten had not diligently worked to garner support from equally influential party members.
While acknowledging Kyeremanten’s competence to lead the NPP, Afrifa-Mensah emphatically stressed that the race for the party’s flagbearership should not be regarded as an inherited right or entitlement. Drawing a parallel with chieftaincy titles, he highlighted that even individuals of royal lineage must actively engage and serve before ascending to positions of authority. Afrifa-Mensah cited the example of Osei Tutu II, who, despite his royal heritage, humbly served before becoming the Ashanti Kingdom’s overlord.
Afrifa-Mensah’s critique has sparked extensive discussions within the party about the qualities and strategies essential for securing leadership positions within the NPP, emphasizing the imperative of proactive engagement, strong leadership, and the necessity to earn support rather than relying solely on past accomplishments or status.
Alan Kyerematen to Address Concerns Today
Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen and his campaign team, Alan for President (A4P) 2024, have scheduled today, Tuesday, September 5, 2023, to address public concerns in the aftermath of his defeat to Kennedy Agyapong. Unfortunately, his ‘Aduro Meso’ campaign failed to secure the number one position. Instead, he experienced a drop in rank from a sixteen-year runner-up to the third position. Nevertheless, he remains in contention for the flagbearership on November 4, 2023, competing against Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia and Kennedy Agyapong, his secondary school junior.