I Am Still In The Race — Alan Kyerematen

Alan-KyeremantengAlan Kwadwo Kyerematen, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer aspirant who emerged a distant second in the just ended Special Delegates Congress, has given the strongest indication that he would contest the October 18, National Delegates Congress with all the vim it takes.

Mr Kyerematen, a one-time presidential candidate hopeful,  managed only 59 out of the 740 votes cast in the special vote.

His closest rival and winner of Sunday’s Special Congress  Nana Akufo-Addo, obtained 598 votes out of the 740, thus winning by a landslide of 80.81 percent.

Several leading members of the party including Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor, former Defence Minister, Issac Osei, Member of Parliament for Subin as well as the external branches of the NPP have appealed to Mr Kyerematen and the three others who qualified for the October 18 congress to step aside, and allow Nana Akufo-Addo to automatically qualify as the presidential candidate.

However  a statement  signed by Mr Kyerematen and issued yesterday, stated that he would still compete, and  emerge victorious.

“Ahead of the October primary, I reaffirm my resolve to provide leadership that will provide the drive for a strong, united and peaceful party for victory in 2016”, he stressed.

He congratulated all delegates who took part in Sunday’s Special Election, the five aspirants who qualified for the next stage and the  two  who dropped out.

According to Mr Kyerematen, a former Minister for Trade and Industry, he is of the conviction he is the best to lead the party into the 2016 general election.

“I have a clear indication that the NPP fraternity believes I am capable of leading our party to victory in 2016”.

“I take this charge very serious and assure our party members that I will do all within my power and by the Grace of the Almighty God, not to let them down”.

“Going forward, the surest way for our party to win power is to foster genuine unity and peace within the party, he stated.

Mr Kyerematen added,” as we enter the next stage of the process that will lead to the final selection of one presidential candidate, I ask all our party faithful for their continued and unflinching support”.

Last Sunday’s Special Congress was called in fulfilment of the NPP’s constitutional requirement, to reduce the number of presidential candidates from seven to five.

Nana Akufo-Addo, Alan Kyerematen, Francis Addai-Nimo, Joe Ghartey and Kofi Osei Ameyaw made the number by obtaining 598,57, 22,22, 16 votes respectively.

Stephen Asamoah Boateng who had 13 and Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku who picked only 10 votes, votes are disqualified, for the next round.

Though Mr Ghartey, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament was among the five, he has decided not to avail himself of the October Congress.

By Ian Motey  

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