Hopeson Adorye, the Campaign Operations Director for Alan Kyerematen, has openly acknowledged that financial transactions took place between their campaign and delegates in a bid to secure electoral support during the Special Super Delegates Conference.
Adorye addressed the media at the party’s headquarters shortly after the Electoral Commission formally delivered certified election results to the New Patriotic Party’s Elections Committee.
In a rare display of candidness, Adorye stated, “No one can claim they entered this election without providing financial support to delegates. Payment was made by all candidates. I would be insincere if I said we refrained from such contributions.”
Characterizing these monetary exchanges as “modest sums for transportation and token,” Adorye contended that the amounts disbursed by other contenders played a significant role in shaping the election outcome.
Alan Kyerematen, a figure who has consistently emerged as a significant contender in post-John Agyekum Kufuor flagbearer contests, landed in third place this time, yielding to Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central.
However, Hopeson Adorye refused to interpret this outcome as indicative of the party’s ultimate November 4 contest. He characterized the delegates as a collective safeguarding their professional positions, offering the perspective that the situation could shift drastically come November.
During an earlier interview, Adorye even dared certain candidates to extend a similar financial contribution of 100,000 cedis to the over 200,000 delegates who will be casting their votes in the party’s November elections.
He emphasized that the current delegate count for the Special Delegates Conference was fewer than those within his constituency and reminded that the purpose of the event was to narrow down the field to five candidates.
He asserted that being part of this process was pivotal, and highlighted the potential for transformations leading up to November.
As for the recent Special Delegates Conference, the majority of 629 votes, accounting for an average of 68%, favored Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia. Kennedy Agyapong secured 132 votes (14.3%), and Alan Kyerematen came in third with 95 votes, constituting 10.29% of the valid votes cast.
Looking ahead, the party is now faced with the task of negotiating an agreement or potentially resorting to another election to resolve the tie for the 5th and 6th positions, currently held by Boakye Agyarko and Francis Addai Nimo.