The Member of Parliament for Bortiano-Ngleshie Amanfro, Sylvester Tetteh, has urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to stick to his words of endorsement of Alan Kyerematen in 2007.
According to the MP, Nana Akufo-Addo in his acceptance speech prior to the 2008 general election as the party’s flagbearer, congratulated Alan Kyerematen for his support that prevented the party from organizing a run-off in the NPP primaries.
Nana Akufo-Addo was captured on tape saying “Alan, you will follow me”.
These words, according to Sylvester Tetteh, should be honoured by the President.
“In 2007, we went to a conference in Legon. Out of two leaders and eleven aspirants, no one emerged with 50+1, and there was a need for a round-off. Alan Kyerematen stepped up and said ‘for the unity of the party, I’ve shelved my presidential ambition. I’ll support my senior colleague. What more unity is there? Nana Addo came forward and said, ‘Alan, because of what you’ve done, it’s your turn to serve after I leave office’. Heaven and earth bear witness, and this is the time,” the MP indicated.
He stated among the delegates up for election in the forthcoming primaries, Alan Kyerematen is the candidate Ghanaians can accept and vote for as President.
“There are 220,000 delegates in the NPP and about 5,000 NPP supporters. The number of Ghanaians voting is about 17,000, so we will not elect a Presidential candidate to please members of the NPP. We will elect a candidate that Ghanaians will vote for. I urge delegates to ask Ghanaians who is marketable between Alan and Dr. Bawumia,” he stated.
Mr. Tetteh further added that Alan Kyerematen deserves to be president because he has championed trade and industry despite the challenges confronting the current government.
“Industrialization is the saviour of this country, and Alan is the champion of industrialization. In the face of all this crisis, everything tangible is thanks to Alan Kyerematen,” he said.
The MP spoke to Kumasi-based Nhyira FM as Alan Kyerematen begins his campaign tour in the Ashanti region.