Dozens of New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters in the Ashanti Region have marched through the streets of the capital Kumasi and declared their support for Mr Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, Trades and Industry Minister ahead of the party’s flagbearership race next month.
Although the national leadership of the party had earlier issued a directive calling for the cancellation of the health walk, the organizers defied the order and went ahead with the walk.
The health walk Christ, “Aduru Woso” to wit, it’s your turn, saw participants clad in branded party T-shirts that had pictures of the Trades and Industry Minister.
A stalwart of the NPP, Hopeson Adorye who took part in the walk explained that the directive by the party leadership came at a time when organizers of the event had advanced preparations.
He, however, called on the national leadership of the party to ensure sanctions are applied against other persons declaring open support for other prospective flagbearers.
According to him, the grassroots were yearning for Mr Alan Kyerematen popularly known as “Alan Cash”.
“They keep saying that he should resign from the government and declare his intention for party business to go on. I am overwhelmed by the numbers. I want the national executives to come out and draw the lines on what supporters and aspirants can do”, he stressed.
Mr Kyerematen served in the government of then President John Agyekum Kuffour as the Minister of Trade and President’s Special Initiative (PSI).
His first attempt to contest for the NPP flagbearership position was greeted with overwhelming performance as he nearly won over the now President and flag bearer of the party, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The result of the election ought to have entered into a second round but Mr Kyerematen conceded defeat and ceded victory to Nana Akufo-Addo.
He has so far contested for the flagbearership position of the party for the second time and is expected by many as the obvious choice since Nana Akufo-Addo also had the nod on his third attempt, hence the caption, “Aduru Woso”.
Alan Cash has the sympathy of Ghanaians both members of the NPP and nonmembers of the party to become Ghana’s next president.