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23.04.2008 Politics


By George Kyei Frimpong & Ernest L.Adu, K'si - Ghanaian Chronicle
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The New Patriotic Party juggernaut, Mr. Alan Kyerematen is retracing his steps back to the Party as early as tomorrow, barring any last minute hitch to negotiations that are ongoing to address whatever his concerns are; according to pieces of information sourced from senior citizen Appiah Menkah.In interviews with Kofi Coomson, the owner of this title, now a budding politician, at the Golden Tulip on Monday, he said that he was very sure that the purported meeting with Ponkoh's party (RPD) in Kumasi could not have been any serious interaction, judging from the kind of response that he elicited from two of Alan's closest advisers, Messrs Jojo Ofosu and Paul Afoko at a chanced meeting at the hotel. 'It was evidently a non-starter, you could say that there is no big deal and they would not be prepared to go on record because they would not even allow for any attribution to them,” Kofi indicated.This reporter followed up calling Nana 'Sei Kyeremanten, the senior brother of Alan who stressed that the purported meeting with Alan may have been fleeting but insisted that he did not have any authorisation to speak on any issue. He however, promised this reporter that a press statement would be forthcoming hopefully tomorrow, which will answer questions Ghanaians may want to know about Alan's political future and the internal discussion between Alan and NPP.Mr. Appiah Menkah, an elder in the NPP on Monday was very sparing in his remarks on Joy FM, but admitted he was in talks with Alan which he indicated had been fruitful, but noted that it would be premature to say anything at the moment.Meanwhile many have expressed various opinions about Alan's resignation but a closer study of his resignation showed he left a window of opportunity to return to the NPP family, of which he had been a dedicated major player, being President of its Young Executives forum.Earlier Coomson had said on Kessben FM that the sudden resignation of Alan had come as surprise to him.

He observed that Alan by his action has demonstrated a lack of perseverance and steadfastness for his ambition to become President of the Republic of Ghana, indicating that the resignation would certainly put a kibosh on any lingering hope of achieving that dream.

“When I heard the news of Alan Kyerematen's resignation from the NPP officially, it came as a major surprise to me because I know that this is certainly the end of the road for his political ambition,” Mr. Coomson told listeners of Kessben FM, a local radio station in Kumasi, last week Friday.
According to him, Mr. Kyerematen 'Alan Cash' should have taken a cue from President Kufuor and Nana Akufo-Addo, who lost elections before reaching their targets.

Mr. Coomson stated further that the former Trade Industry and Presidential Special Initiative Minister's resignation has really made him sad, because Alan was a personal friend since 1991, when they shared a common office at Adabraka, a suburb of Accra.

Prior to Alan's resignation, the Chronicle publisher, who is also an aspiring parliamentary candidate of NPP for the Effia-Kwesimintim constituency, said he told Mr. Paul Afoko, the inner -core supporter of Kyerematen that he should inform his 'boss' to file his nomination for the Ayawaso NPP parliamentary slot in furtherance of his (Alan's) Presidential ambition. However, this advice was not heeded to and he became disappointed after close of nomination on March 31.

“So I was wondering and contemplating whether Alan is serious about his presidential ambition or not,” he intimated, because Parliament was an essential hurdle anyone who was desirous of being a president needed to clear.

Nana Coomson continued that he also dismissed rumours that linked Mr. Alan Kyerematen's name to the breakaway faction of NPP, Reform Patriotic Democrats (RPD), as its Presidential candidate for the 2008 national elections.

According to him, the move was a wrong one. Whether it was a decision he (Alan) took himself or a decision based on advice from his close associates, it marked the sunset of his hope to be President of Ghana some day. “The move is an ill advised one,” he inferred.

According to him, he believed President John Agyekum Kufuor would have prevailed on Alan to change his mind about resigning from the party. Nana Coomson, however, insisted that if Alan Kyerematen still sticks to his decision, it would not have any significant impact on the NPP, citing Mr. Kwame Pianim's case.
“When the court ruled that Mr. Pianim could not run for president, party members forgot about him quickly and rallied around Mr. Kufuor. So if you (referring to the presenter) have been observant you would see that NPP supporters rally around the flagbearer always and despise the one who is the source of confusion, in this case, Alan Kyerematen,” he affirmed.

Mr. Coomson disclosed that those principal characters that supported Mr. Kyerematen had come to swear allegiance to the party's flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and he mentioned the Justice Minister Joe Ghartey, Trade Minister Joe Baidoo-Ansah and Tourism Minister Asamoah Boateng as examples of those who had including a strong delegation from the North.

According to him, none of them had indicated their willingness to resign from the party to join Alan, a development which he noted is significant in relation to Alan's odyssey.

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