July 24, 2024
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Alan Kyerematen’s reputation will be damaged if he returns to NPP – Theo Acheampong

Economist and political analyst, Dr Theo Acheampong has expressed scepticism regarding the possibility of former Trade Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, reversing his decision to rejoin the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Dr. Acheampong believes that if Mr Kyerematen were to return to the NPP, it could significantly damage his credibility.

He clarified that Mr Kyerematen’s decision to resign from the party was not driven by a lack of trust or credibility issues among potential voters.

Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile on a Saturday, Dr. Acheampong questioned Mr Kyerematen’s motives for staying with the party and in government when the economy was underperforming, only to now break away from the NPP to form his own movement.

“If he had won the nomination to lead the NPP, would he have broken away to form a new party,” he quizzes.

Dr. Acheampong emphasised that there are doubts about the timing of Mr Kyerematen’s decision and whether he genuinely intends to change the country’s fortunes.

“The message is not the issue, what he wants to do, economy restructuring – at least every one of the parties in Ghana has spoken about similar things in the past so it comes down to whether or not he would be able to win the election.

“At the moment, if you look at the history, the trends, and even the people he’s trying to target – the youth and the middle-class group, I doubt that he would be able to push and win the election,” he said.

His comments were in response to remarks made by the Managing Director of the State Transport Corporation (STC), Nana Akomea, who believes that it would be reasonable for the NPP to engage with Mr Kyerematen to explore the possibility of bringing him back into the party.

Nana Akomea speaking on the show said “I hope that we keep talking to him, point out to him that this course of action will not benefit you, it is not going to benefit the NPP, we are better off together.”

One of the reasons cited by the former Trade and Industry Minister for his resignation was the suspicion that the party unfairly favoured one candidate in the NPP’s Super Delegates Conference.

However, Nana Akomea argued that this justification did not hold water, especially considering the extensive involvement of party members in the nomination process.

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