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Grassroots are the champions of our campaigns - Alan declares

Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen has completed his 7 days grassroots tour of the northern part of the country in his bid to seek the mandate of the delegates in the 18th October NPP Presidential primary.

He said that he has always championed the cause of the polling station officers and electoral area coordinators even at a time when they did not have a voting right in the party’s presidential primary election.

Speaking to the delegates in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern region, he said "In 2007, my opponents gave me the name Alan Cash which later became a blessing to me because I was inviting you the polling station officers to my meetings though you were not expected to vote. They believed that I was wasting my time and resources on you, however, I saw things differently, that is why I was the only candidate among the 17 to have visited and invited you to my meetings."

He added, "I have always held that the grassroots members of our party are those who actually do the door to door and other grounds campaigning during elections and therefore must be given the necessary recognition and importance, especially if we are serious about winning political power."

Alan Kyerematen visited all the constituencies in the three northern regions of the country to meet with the grassroots members and delegates of our party.

In most constituencies he visited, the polling station officers who came in their numbers were unanimous in assuring him of their votes amidst chants of ‘Alan, this is your time'.

During the tour, Mr. Alan Kyerematen took the opportunity to visit certain Chiefs like the Yagbonwura, the overlord of Gonja, the King of the Mamprugu traditional area, Bolinlana, the regent of the late Ya-Na Mahamadu Abdulaia among others.

They gave him their blessings and prayed for him and his entourage.

Also, whiles on the tour, he attended funeral ceremonies of some electoral area coordinators and other members of the party who were bereaved.

Alan Kyerematen was accompanied on his tour by Hon. Kofi Dzamesi, his campaign manager and former Minister for Volta region, Hon. Charles Bintim, former Minister for local government, Nana Ohene Ntow, former NPP General-Secretary, Hon. John Dough, former MP for Lambuisie, Yaw Mort, former NPP Upper East regional organizer, Michael, former NPP Upper East youth oraganizer, Dr. Bawa Mamshie, Chief Obosu Mohammed, Press aide and other members of the campaign team.

Source: office of Akufo-Addo

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