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20.03.2009 Politics

Alan orders Kumah to apologize to Nana Addo

By Bismark Bebli & George Kyei Frimpong - Ghanaian Chronicle

REPORTS reaching the Chronicle say Mr. John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is displeased with comments made by Mr. John Kumah, who recently attacked the party over the bussing of party members to give a rousing welcome to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Kotoka International Airport. According to our sources close to the camp of Alan, who is known in political circles as “Alan Cash”, he did not mandate Mr. Kumah to speak on his behalf, and that he personally had no qualms with the crowd who went to welcome the party's 2008 flagbearer from his European travel.

This paper also gathered that Alan Cash might have been informed by the consideration of how supporters of the then opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) trouped to the same Airport to welcome Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, when he returned from South Africa after undergoing medical treatment, at a time he (Mills) was not even the leader of the NDC.

The source explained to this paper that Alan was deeply worried over the unsavoury comments against him, as a back lash that he sanctioned the statement of Mr. Kumah, who is widely known to be an 'Alan boy.'

He has, therefore, asked Mr. Kumah to render an unqualified apology to Nana Akufo-Addo, the 2008 presidential candidate of the NPP, as he (Alan) seeks to disassociate himself from the comments.

Mr. Kumah confirmed that he has been asked to render an unqualified apology to Nana Addo, for the embarassing public utterances.

Speaking to The Chronicle in an interview on phone from Obuasi in the Ashanti region, Mr. Kumah said his recent comments were intended to inform the party leadership to work according to the dictates of its constitution. He intimated that his statement was to remind the executives to use the legal framework of the party to bring unity to all members.

“I have been advised that my comments have embarrassed Nana Addo, and Alan Kyerematen as well, since people may think Alan is behind my diatribe. “I spoke my mind in my individual capacity and if I embarrassed Nana by those comments, then I sincerely apologize to him,” he said.