Despite a few hitches here and there, the West African sub region or even the entire African continent can boast of no better democracy than the Ghanaian democracy.
Following the 2020 Ghanaian general elections, Ghana has confirmed its place at the very forefront of Africa’s journey to democratic excellence. However, Ghana’s new found political stability coupled with the country’s long-standing reputation of being the beacon of hope for the African continent has created a lot of headache for the country’s major political parties. The parties who are under obligation to present the best possible candidates to lead the over 31 million people of Ghana, sometimes find themselves wanting. A similar situation is currently on the table as political experts take a critical look at 2024.
Ghana’s largest opposition political party; the National Democratic Congress is considering retaining their 2020 flag bearer, former president John Dramani Mahama in 2024. Unfortunately, the ruling New Patriotic Party seem to be torn between making a decision that is best for the future of the party and one that is best for the unity of the founding factions of the political party. With a good number of people suggesting vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia while others suggest honourable Alan Kyeremanten, it is only right for the party to make critical considerations before concluding on who to present.
In this article, I have taken the pains to detail why honourable Alan Kyerematen will be the best candidate for the New Patriotic Party in 2024.
Firstly, Alan Cash as he is popularly known is seen by many as a forbearer of the NPP’s torch of leadership. His decision to concede defeat on several occasions to allow Akufo-Addo lead even when others expected tensions to be high is an absolute confirmation of this assertion. Allan Kyerematen who has in the past contested the flagbearer-ship position and has captivated the general populace with his “cash for the people, jobs for the people” slogan, is no doubt a national hero and will not find it difficult to hit the 50% plus one mark.
Secondly, Alan Kyeremanten is capable of raising funds for the rather tedious campaign that lies ahead. If you are oblivious to the fact that Ghana’s politics is also becoming a money spending space for players, then you must be from Venus. Political campaigns these days only yield results when there is enough money to amplify the messages of the campaign in question. It is therefore important for every serious political party to present a candidate who is capable of raising the requisite funds for the campaign and in this case, honourable Alan Kyeremanten is the ideal candidate. Prior to the 2008 general elections, Allan Cash demonstrated this feat during the run-up to the NPP’s primaries when he raised astronomical figures for his campaign; a move that was new to the Ghanaian political space at the time.
Alan Kyeremanten’s untainted dignity is the third reason why the NPP should present him as their flag bearer in 2024. Even though the likes of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia have been instrumental in the party’s continuous stay in power, we cannot refute the fact that the hustle and tussle of the national political game has somehow left stains on their various reputations. The instability of the cedi against the dollar for instance, opened Dr Bawumia’s economic prowess to unprecedented criticism. As a matter of fact, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is arguably the most criticized vice president in the history of Ghana. Allan Cash may not have been a vice president or a former president but he has his reputation intact. He may be swayed by the popularity of the other candidates like Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as compared to honourable Allan Kyeremanten.
However, we cannot be quick to forget the fact that almost every child and adult in Ghana.