In a recent statement on Opemsuo Radio’s Nkwantannanso with Kofi Boakye on October 2, Nana Yaw Sarpong, the Personal Assistant to Alan Kyerematen, the former presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), highlighted the significant political sacrifice made by Alan in 2007 for the benefit of the party and national unity.
According to the assistant, this sacrifice goes down in the annals of NPP history and Ghanaian politics as one of the greatest. Alan had the opportunity to contest in the second round of elections, where he could have emerged victorious. He was notably popular among the electorate during that period.
“This goes down in the history of the NPP and Ghanaian politics as the greatest political sacrifice, considering that he had an opportunity to win during the second round.”
“He could have even won the 2008 election because at that time, he was immensely popular in our households. Who didn’t know Alan Cash?”
However, the assistant explained that his decision to step aside and support Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was based on the prevailing dynamics and the political climate within the party.
Going to a second round could have potentially divided the NPP. In the interest of party unity and the welfare of Ghana, he chose to concede.
“If he had gone to the second round, he would have won, and his victory would have divided the party. For the sake of the party, unity, and the well-being of Ghana, he decided to concede.”
The assistant emphasized that Alan was not solely focused on the present but was looking toward the future. This decision ultimately paved the way for Akufo-Addo’s presidency and contributed to party cohesion.
Alan announced his defection from the NPP after 31 years of membership to contest independently for the country’s Presidential election in 2024. He raised concerns about intimidation of his supporters, “controversial and contentious” decisions by the leadership of the NPP and accused some leaders of hijacking the party.
Story by Adwoa S. Danso