Alan Cash ‘Divorces’ NPP
…Forms ‘Movement For Change’ After 31Years Of Sacrifice For Party
Former Minister of Trade and Industry and flagbearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, has officially broken away from the party, with a decision to contest the 2024 presidential election as an independent candidate, a move many have described as shocking.
At a press conference yesterday in Accra, Mr. Kyerematen announced his resignation from the New Patriotic Party, with immediate effect, after 31years of serving the party, as one of its founding members.
According to him, even though it was his wish to use his God-given talents and 46years’ experience to serve the nation at the highest level through the NPP, happenings in the party have made it clear to him that his services and contributions to the party are not appreciated.
He said his continuous stay in the party also appears to be creating division and tension, just like what transpired in the year 2008, hence the need to quit now.
“It was my fervent wish to use the vehicle of the party to bring my God-given talents, experience and knowledge acquired both locally and internationally over a period of 46 years, to serve our dear nation, Ghana, at the highest level of executive authority.
“It is abundantly clear to me that my services and contributions to the party are not appreciated, and that my continuous stay in the party will create further tension and division, which is an exact replay of circumstances that led to my decision to resign from the party in 2008,” Mr. Kyerematen said.
According to him, “Under the circumstances and given the context provided, I wish to use this platform to announce that I am honourably resigning with immediate effect from the New Patriotic Party to contest for the high office of the President of the Republic of Ghana in the 2024 General Elections, as an Independent Presidential Candidate.”
The veteran flagbearer hopeful also stated that the NPP that he joined in 1992 and helped in nurturing has been hijacked by a group of party leaders, as well as some unscrupulous apparatchiks, including appointees of government.
He said the NPP, as it exists now, has very little resemblance of its core values and the long-standing traditions of its antecedents, predicated on fairness, equity, probity, accountability and transparency.
“I joined the New Patriotic Party at the very beginning of its establishment as a Founding Member, believing in its core values and the long-standing traditions of its antecedents, predicated on fairness, equity, probity, accountability, and transparency. I have devoted the best part of my professional career to serving the Party, and I still believe in the vision of the founding fathers of the Party.
“However, the NPP as it exists now has very little resemblance to the Party that I joined in 1992 and helped to nurture. The Party has been hijacked by a selected group of Party leaders and elders, government appointees, “behind the curtain power brokers” and some unscrupulous Party apparatchiks,” he stated.
Movement for Change
To actualize his presidential ambition, Mr. Kyerematen announced the formation of a “Movement for Change,” as a vehicle to contest the 2024 election.
The brand logo for the movement is the Monarch butterfly, which politically symbolizes change and transformation, hope and positivity.
He said the symbol communicates strength, endurance, spirituality and trust, which are key traits that he cherishes as a political leader.
“To actualize this goal, I will establish and lead a new MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE in Ghana. The brand logo for the MOVEMENT is the Monarch Butterfly, which politically symbolizes change and transformation, hope and positivity.
“It also communicates strength, endurance, spirituality and trust, which are key traits that I cherish as a Political Leader. In Akan, it is known as Afrafranto. The brand motto of the MOVEMENT is “Ghana Will Rise Again,” which symbolizes hope for the future of Ghana,” he explained.
He said the new movement will be led and powered by the youth of Ghana, stressing that, “Out of the over 17 million registered voters in the 2020 general elections, the youth aged 18-35, years constituted over 9.4 million voters representing 55% (Fifty five percent) of the total voters.”
He indicated that, “It is acknowledged without doubt, that the youth represent the future of our country, and yet they constitute the most vulnerable section of our society. From available statistics, 85% (eighty-five percent) of all prison inmates in Ghana are aged between 12 and 35 years. This is profoundly alarming.”
The former Trade and Industry minister said it is also worth noting that every year over 300,000 youths graduate from tertiary institutes in Ghana, excluding those from secondary institutions, enter the job market with little or no hope of finding a job.
“Clearly, public sector employment is not an option, with an already over-bloated public service. This phenomenon of pervasive employment crisis, is gradually becoming a national security threat, as evidenced by the recent “Occupy Julorbi House” demonstrations. The initial reaction of the Police in manhandling some protestors is not the solution to the problem. What Ghana needs now is CHANGE, which will provide long-lasting solutions to the challenges confronting our country.
“I am using this platform to introduce myself to you, the good people of Ghana and humbly seek your support to become the next President of the Republic of Ghana. I believe, with unwavering conviction, that I am the only leader who, with unmatched integrity, can guarantee the economic and industrial transformation of Ghana, the restoration of confidence in political leadership, and the unification of an increasingly divided nation. My unique selling proposition as a leader is VISION, COMPETENCE, INTEGRITY and ACTION.”