Before the official announcement of the fate of the ‘Aduro woso’ slogan, former Trade Minister John Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten’s Western Regional Campaign Team has put down their swords and pledged their support, along with their resources, to Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, effectively concluding their campaign for Alan.
Dr. Eric Bruce Amartey Jnr, a senior lecturer at Takoradi Technical University (TTU) and the regional campaign coordinator, announced their team’s decision to suspend campaign activities in the Western Region during a press briefing. Dr. Amartey explained that, after extensive deliberations, they had chosen to throw their support behind Dr. Bawumia’s candidacy.
He stressed that their choice was influenced by Alan Kyeremanten’s withdrawal from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential race before the November 4 primaries, where the party will select its 2024 elections flagbearer.
In his statement, Dr. Amartey said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is to announce to the general public and the people of Ghana that the leadership of the defunct Alan for 2024 campaign here in the Western Region has collectively decided that, pursuant to Alan Kyeremanten’s decision to withdraw from the NPP presidential race, we have decided to support the candidacy of Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia.”
He continued, “We have discussed extensively, and we have thoroughly assessed the four other candidates who are contesting, and we feel that Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is our best bet. We believed in Alan Kyeremanten’s vision and set out to support him. Now that he has decided not to contest, we need to take a decision that will also protect our political future as young men and women here in the Western Region. In protecting our political future, we need to support somebody who can win 2024 for the NPP, and that person is no other than Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.”
The decision to back Dr. Bawumia was not limited to the Western Region alone, as other prominent former members of the Alan for President 2024 have all deserted him, including incumbent MPs Sylvester Tetteh and Davis Opoku-Ansah, campaign strategist Catherine Afeku, and Eastern Regional Coordinator Samuel Ayepay, have also publicly pledged their unwavering support for Dr. Bawumia’s candidacy, highlighting the momentum building behind the Vice President within the party.
Alan embarks on Independent Presidential Bid
Incidentally, Alan Kyeremanten has made a momentous political decision, stepping away from his affiliation with the New Patriotic Party to launch an Independent Presidential Bid for the upcoming 2024 General Elections in Ghana.
This bold move by Kyeremanten marks the inception of a new political endeavour called the “Movement for Change,” symbolised by the Monarch Butterfly, representing ideals of change, transformation, hope, and strength. The movement’s guiding principle is encapsulated in the motto, “Ghana Will Rise Again.” Kyeremanten places significant emphasis on involving the youth, recognising that they constitute a significant portion, 55%, of the voting populace and are often underserved. His strategic decision is geared towards addressing youth-centric issues and fostering their active political participation, laying the foundation for what could be a profoundly transformative election season in Ghana.