Dr Gideon Boako, Economic Advisor and Spokesperson to Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has taken a swipe at serial flagbearer contender of the New Patriotic Party, John Alan Kojo Kyerematen.
While the vice president has emerged as a top contender for the upcoming flagbearership contest of the ruling party, some arguments have been raised in favour of Alan Kyerematen, the Minister for Trade and Industry in the current government.
According to such arguments, there was a gentleman’s agreement between President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Mr Kyeremanten after the latter in 2007 conceded to the president after the first round of voting, to allow him to contest the general election as flagbearer of the party.
In a Facebook post that seems to have offended the camp of Alan Kyerematen, the vice president’s spokesperson has given a background to what many believe is the agreement in which President Akufo-Addo promised that the now trade minister would come after him as flagbearer of the NPP.
“So I go into a contest with you. I get more votes than you but not sufficient enough to secure me the required 50% plus 1. You came next to me and instead of a second round contest you concede to me. That’s nice. I acknowledge you in my acceptance speech and in order to ensure greater unity I indicate that you will come after me.
Few months later, you decided to abandon me and the team to fight our own fight on a flimsy excuse. Fair enough, you rescind your decision and join us. We heartily accept you back. I go into the main contest but unfortunately lost,” he stated.
Dr Boako further explained that Mr Kyerematen, after President Akufo-Addo failed to win the 2008 presidential election, also failed to hold to his end of the bargain and thus went ahead to contest the president on multiple occasions for the flagbearership.