Thursday, 18 April

Alan 5th John of our time – Hopeson Adorye

Alan Kyeremanten

Hopeson Adorye, the Director of Special Duties for Alan for President 2024, has underscored Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, the founder and leader of the Movement For Change and independent presidential hopeful, should he assume power come January 7, 2025, would mark the continuation of a tradition of leaders named John.

Adorye highlighted the historical trend of leadership in Ghana's Fourth Republic, pointing out that it has been predominantly characterised by individuals named John. 

He recounted how late Jerry John Rawlings led from 1992 to 2000, followed by John Agyekum Kufour's tenure from 2000 to 2008. Subsequently, the late Prof John Evans Atta-Mills took over until his untimely demise in 2012, succeeded by his Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, who governed from 2012 to 2016.

According to Adorye, each of these leaders named John contributed significantly to Ghana's development. 

He credited Rawlings with opening up the country, while Kufour introduced social interventions such as free maternal care and the National Health Insurance Scheme. 

However, he criticised Mahama's tenure, particularly citing the challenges faced with intermittent power supply, known as dumsor.

Mr Adorye drew attention to the current administration under William Nana Akufo-Addo, suggesting that the departure from the John trend has led to what he termed a "junk economy". 

He emphasised that the upcoming elections presented an opportunity for Alan John Kyerematen to continue the trajectory of development with his Great Transformational Plan (GTP).

Mr Adorye stressed that Mr Kyerematen, as the potential fifth John of the Fourth Republic, would focus on creating opportunities for the disillusioned youth who are leaving the country due to a lack of prospects. 

He called upon Ghanaians to support Kyerematen's candidacy in the December 7 polls to ensure the continuation of what he referred to as the "tale of the Johns."

These remarks were made by Adorye during a speech at Kyerematen’s market visit in the Eastern Region last week.

Source: Mensah