Arthur Kennedy defends Alan K.

kobinaA leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Arthur Kobina Kennedy has jumped to the defense of a flagbearer aspirant of the party, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, whose assertion that he was sidelined during the 2012 electioneering campaign has provoked angry reaction from a section of his party.

Mr. Kyerematen, who is vying for the party’s flagbearship against Nana Akufo-Addo and five others, recently stated on his Greater Accra regional campaign tour that he was sidelined during the 2012 election by the campaign team of Nana Akufo-Addo.

According to him, although he did travel extensively with Akufo-Addo across the country, especially in the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo regions, he was neither acknowledged nor made to speak on the various platforms

He further stated that he was able to mobilize some businessmen to make huge financial and logistical donations to the party in that election, as he had always done in the past.

However, the campaign manager of Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2012 presidential election, Collins Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko has refuted assertions made by the twice failed presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen that he was sidelined during that electioneering campaign.

Mr. Agyarko claimed that Mr. Kyerematen was deliberately churning out falsehood in his attempt to discredit Nana Akufo-Addo and his 2012 NPP campaign team, all in his bid to explain his relative absence during the said campaign, as he contests for the party’s flagbearership once again.

Adding that, “if he had told us he knew how to identify and attract floating voters, no one in the NPP would have scorned his efforts to help the party win power”.

Now, Dr. Kennedy has raised the red flag and alleged that Mr. Agyarko was economic with the truth.

Dr. Kennedy noted in a statement he released yesterday that,” Agyarko’s claim that Alan Kyeremanten could have played whatever role he wanted to play is false and he knows it”.

Saying “if that was the case, why was Alan not told that at a February, 2011 meeting, instead of the agreement to continue discussions about his role? Did Agyarko himself not state a few weeks ago that the only people given the liberty to go wherever they pleased were Nana, Bawumia, President Kufuor and late Aliu”?

“Indeed, Agyarko’s confirmation that Alan was not allowed to speak at Mantse Agbona is itself evidence that he was being sidelined”.

He alleged that Mr. Agyarko was the man who praised the EC’s conduct of the 2012 campaign before we went to court to allege that it was rigged, has misfired again.

According to Dr. Kennedy, “Mr. Agyarko’s claims are further undermined by the fact that in 2008, even the sitting President, President Kufuor felt he was being sidelined. As he pointedly wrote to tell me, “The decision not to contest Tein was made by the candidate without my input and knowledge.”

“The claim that a lawyer of Alan’s ilk could have participated in the Supreme Court case does not bear scrutiny. If any lawyer like Alan could have been involved, why has the then Chairman of the NPP’s Constitutional Affairs’ Committee and former Attorney General Ayikoi Otoo, claimed repeatedly without contradiction that his efforts to be involved were repeatedly rebuffed by the Campaign? If Ayikoi Otoo could be barred, how would Alan have been let in?”, he claimed.

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