Sammi Awuku, the former national organiser of the New Patriotic Party and leading member of Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia’s NPP flagbearership campaign team, has extended a hand of fellowship to known supporters of the former trade and industry minister Alan Kyerematen to come and join him and the Bawumia team as they work to retain the NPP in office come December 2024.
In a post on his Facebook wall today (6 September 2023), a day after Alan Kyerematen formally pulled out of the NPP presidential primary scheduled for Saturday 4 November 2023, Sammi Awuku also warned Dr Bawumia’s supporters not to resort to insults or attacks on supporters of other candidates.
Appeal by Awuku
“To Team Bawumia, this is definitely not the time for us to make it ‘us versus others’ in our party or a time to pass uncomplimentary remarks to aggravate wounds as Dr Bawumia has admonished us his campaigners.
“Instead, this is a time to reach out to each and every one to make the 2024 campaign and election victory a possibility. To all the supporters of the candidates who couldn’t make it to the top five and supporters of aspirants who made it to the top five, please let’s come together.
“Let’s solve our problems together and once again position the NPP still as the party of choice ahead of the 2024 General Election to deliver economic prosperity for our nation, Ghana,” Sammi Awuku wrote in his Facebook post.
Hand in hand
“The challenges we face today as a party and country may be fearsome, but so are our strengths. Dr Bawumia and his team will work hand in hand with each and every one within the NPP and outside the party to once again deliver victory in 2024.
“I miss my brothers and sisters in all the camps of our party. Please come and let’s work together!
“To my very own astute communicator and sister Hon Catherine Abelema Afeku, Yaw Buaben Asamoa Esq, Hopeson Adorye, Davis Ansah Opoku MP, Hon Dr Samiu Kwadwo Nuamah, Collins Randy Owusu Amankwah, Richard Barima Sarpong, you have done a good job and been greatly missed.
“Come join us, and let’s all work for another emphatic New Patriotic Party (NPP: Development in Freedom) victory in 2024. The journey won’t be easy, but with you all playing a role, Dr Bawumia can surely lead us all to Break the 8. I kindly call on you all on behalf of DMB to hit the road together!” his Facebook post further read.
Alan Kyerematen, one of the top three flagbearer hopefuls of the New Patriotic Party, withdrew from the NPP presidential primaries on Tuesday 5 September.
In a statement, Kyerematen said after analysing the results of the special delegates’ conference last month, it was very clear to him that “events leading to, during and after the special delegates’ conference was [sic] strategically and tactically skewed in favour of one particular aspirant”.
He added that pronouncements made by some leading members of the NPP, both before and after the elections, also lend weight to his observations.
“The level of intimidation of varying intensity, directly and indirectly unleashed on a significant number of delegates at various voting centres across the 16 regions, is unprecedented in the history of our party.
“In addition, the fact that my polling agent in the North East Region has suffered severe damage to his eyesight, arising from his bold and courageous effort to ensure compliance with the very rules and regulations for the conduct of the elections as approved by the Presidential Elections Committee, will for ever remain a dark spot in the history of internal elections within the party” Kyerematen’s statement read.
“This incident and various acts of violence and collusion, reported in other voting centres, are appalling, unconscionable and despicable. Regrettably, I am not convinced that the circumstances I have referred to earlier will not persist or even be escalated in the next round of elections, for which balloting is scheduled for Wednesday, 6 September 2023” the statement further read.