Kwadwo Mpiani, a former Chief of Staff and minister of presidential affairs in the John Kufuor administration, has placed blame for the problems within Ghana’s governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) squarely on President Akufo-Addo. He made these comments in response to the resignation of former Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyerematen from the NPP.
Mpiani believes that the NPP’s issues started when its former National Chairman and General Secretary, Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong, were unfairly removed from their roles. He argues that this decision gave too much power to Nana Akufo-Addo, who became the presidential candidate and is now the President, leading to ongoing problems within the party.
Mpiani agrees with Alan Kyerematen’s assertion that a select few have taken control of the party and intimidate those who disagree with them. He emphasizes that the party’s problems should be confronted, and if left unaddressed, they will only worsen.
He suggests that many party members are dissatisfied with the current state of the NPP and may consider joining Alan Kyerematen if things do not improve. He also expresses willingness to lead a conversation to reach out to Alan and bring him back into the party if that’s what the party deems necessary.
Mpiani believes that the NPP can recover from its current challenges by returning to its core beliefs and values. However, he acknowledges that the party’s current state could potentially impact the 2024 elections, even though party executives may downplay this publicly.
Regarding Alan Kyerematen’s political future, Mpiani states that it’s up to Alan to decide whether this marks the end of his political career. He notes that this is not the first time Alan has left the party, as he previously resigned after the 2007 presidential primaries but later returned after the party promised to address his concerns, only to resign again to contest the national election as an independent candidate.
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