Amid growing speculations, Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, a long-standing presidential hopeful within Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), is set to announce his decision regarding his participation in the party’s presidential primaries, scheduled for November 4, 2023.
Kyerematen is expected to reveal his intentions at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
This development comes on the heels of Kyerematen’s underwhelming performance in the first round of voting held in August, where the party narrowed down its presidential aspirants from ten to five.
While Kyerematen’s camp has remained divided on his fate, his poor showing in the August elections has left many of his core supporters anxious about his next move.
Speculation abounds that Kyerematen may opt to run as an independent candidate in the December 2024 presidential race, a possibility deduced from a meeting he held with key team members on Sunday night.
Kyerematen, who has previously made unsuccessful bids for the party’s presidential nomination in 2007, 2010, and 2014, could be facing a pivotal decision regarding his political future.
The “A4P” team, referring to “Alan 4 President,” recently announced that Alan Kyerematen would address the press on September 5, further fueling anticipation among NPP members and the general public.
If Kyerematen decides to contest the NPP presidential primaries, it would come as no surprise, as he remains one of the five candidates shortlisted for the November contest after the party’s special electoral college polls.
However, if he chooses not to participate, it would align with expectations due to his lackluster performance in the August elections, where he received just 10.29% of the votes. His third-place finish behind Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has dampened his supporters’ enthusiasm.
Kyerematen’s poor showing could also pose challenges in fundraising for his campaign, considering the significant number of party delegates, which exceeds 200,000.
As the nation awaits Kyerematen’s announcement, questions linger about his reasons for potentially withdrawing from the NPP presidential primaries and what the future holds for his political career. Sources close to his campaign suggest that he may cite concerns about party leadership favoring one candidate, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, as a key factor in his decision. However, critics may argue that his decision is influenced by his lackluster performance rather than external factors.