The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has reacted to the resignation of Alan Kyeremanten from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and his intention to run for president as an independent candidate.
For the NDC, he cannot purport to seek to solve the problems of the country that he has been part of creating. The NDC stressed that Alan Kyeremanten does not have what it takes to be president of the country.
In a statement authored by National Communications Officer Sammy Gyamfi, the NDC noted that Alan Kyeremanten has been a key part of the current NPP government led by President Akufo-Addo and cannot extricate himself from the prevailing economic challenges of the country.
“The point has to be made forcefully that Alan is not a viable alternative to the failed incumbent NPP government.
As a Cabinet Minister responsible for Trade and Industry and a member of the Economic Management team from 2017–2023, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng actively participated in the destruction of the economy into the mess it is today.
Under his watch, the Komenda Sugar Factory was abandoned to rot for almost six (6) years. The growth of the manufacturing sector declined significantly, and businesses were suffocated by the bad policies of his ministry and government, leading to several job losses,” the statement said.
The NDC however, acknowledged that Alan Kyeremanten was justified in resigning, even given the happenings in the party.
“It is an indisputable fact that Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng has not been treated fairly by his party, the NPP. The NPP, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, has never been truly democratic.
There is no way Alan could have gotten a modicum of fairness or justice in the ongoing presidential primaries of the NPP under the leadership of the despotic tyrant, Akufo-Addo, who is hellbent on installing his puppet as his successor and continues to oppress people who disagree with him. Former NPP National Chairman Paul Afoko and former General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong come to mind readily.
I understand Alan’s pain and empathize with him. He and his supporters have continuously been victims of intimidation, unprovoked harassment, and violence. His resignation from the NPP is therefore understandable,” the statement explained.
Today, September 25, 2023, Alan Kyeremanten announced his resignation from the NPP and the formation of the Movement for Change, with which he aspires to be the President of Ghana and therefore will contest the 2024 general elections as an independent presidential candidate.