Former Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, has announced his bid to contest Ghana’s presidential seat in the 2024 General Election as an independent candidate.
This decision follows his departure from the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on September 25, Alan stated that he decided to quit the NPP after realizing that the party did not appreciate his desire to serve the country with his wealth of experience and knowledge.
According to him, his continued stay in the party would only create further tension and division.
“Under the circumstances and given the context provided, I wish to use this platform to announce that I am honourably resigning with immediate effect from the New Patriotic Party to contest for the high office of the President of the Republic of Ghana in the 2024 General Elections, as an Independent Presidential Candidate,” he announced on Monday.
While outlining his agenda, he said he is the “only leader who, with unmatched integrity, can guarantee the economic and industrial transformation of Ghana, the restoration of confidence in political leadership, and the unification of an increasingly divided nation.”
He further asserted, “My unique selling proposition as a leader is VISION, COMPETENCE, INTEGRITY, and ACTION.”
Alan also announced his new movement, named the “MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE in Ghana,” through which he hopes to realize his vision for the country.
He explained that the movement’s brand logo is the Monarch Butterfly, symbolizing change and transformation, hope, positivity, strength, endurance, spirituality, and trust, which are all key traits cherished as a Political Leader.
The brand motto of the MOVEMENT is “Ghana Will Rise Again,” symbolizing hope for the future of Ghana.
Outlining his themes for the change agenda:
1. Changing the political status quo by moving Ghana beyond the duopoly of the two main political parties in Ghana.
2. Promoting the establishment of a Government of National Unity, which will include people from all walks of life, irrespective of their political, religious, and ethnic affiliation.
3. Building consensus on a National Development Agenda, introducing a new paradigm shift that moves Ghana from growth and stability to economic transformation.
4. Inspiring behavioral and attitudinal change in the people of Ghana.
He stated that these themes would complement his Great Transformational Plan (GTP) for Ghana when he is elected as President.