The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed regret at Alan Kyerematen's decision to withdraw from its presidential primaries.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed regret at Alan Kyerematen's decision to withdraw from its presidential primaries. Kyerematen, who is the Trade and Industry Minister, announced his withdrawal on Tuesday, September 6, 2023. He said he made the decision after careful consideration and consultation with his family and supporters.
In a statement, the NPP said it "deeply regrets" Kyerematen's decision, and that he is a "valued member" of the party. The party said it respects Kyerematen's decision, and wished him well in his future endeavors.
Kyerematen's withdrawal leaves the NPP presidential race with two candidates: incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. The primaries are scheduled to be held on July 29, 2024.
Kyerematen is a former Foreign Minister and Minister of Trade and Industry. He is considered to be one of the leading contenders for the NPP presidential nomination. However, he has faced stiff competition from Akufo-Addo and Bawumia.
It is unclear why Kyerematen decided to withdraw from the race. However, it is possible that he felt that he did not have a strong enough chance of winning the nomination. He may also have been concerned about the divisiveness of the race.
Kyerematen's withdrawal is a blow to the NPP. He is a popular figure in the party, and his supporters are likely to be disappointed by his decision. However, the party still has two strong candidates in Akufo-Addo and Bawumia. The primaries are likely to be closely contested.