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16 April 2014

Alan should stand as an independent candidate if... – Akufo-Addo's aide

 
An aide to Nana Akufo-Addo, Mustapha Hamid says flagbearer aspirant, Alan Kyerematen has "a mountain to climb’’ in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) before he becomes the party’s flagbearer.

"Alan Kyeremateng has a mountain to climb inside the party before he makes a bid for the presidency outside of the party,’’ Mustapha Hamid stated.

He was reacting to Alan Kyerematen’s claim that Nana Akufo-Addo’s seeming popularity within the NPP does not make him the best option ahead of 2016.

"Akufo- Addo’s strong positioning within the party is not necessarily a reflection of what will help the party gain power in 2016,” Mr. Kyerematen said on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana programme on Tuesday.

The former Minister of Trade said the party cannot continue to do things the same way after losing two successive elections.  "…You cannot do things the same way and expect different results. Let’s interrogate why we lost. If we interrogate why we lost, that provides us with some clue as to what we need to do differently,” he said.

But Mustapha Hamid said Nana Addo will not be the first person to make a third attempt at the presidency. He further stated that the voter population in the NPP rejected Mr. Kyerematen twice in his bid to be flagbearer of the party, let alone winning the votes of the whole of Ghana.

"I don’t see how he convinces us that he [Alan Kyerematen] is capable of becoming president when the first hurdle that he has to cross to even attempt to be president is difficult…’’ he opined.

Mr. Hamid, however, suggested that if Mr. Kyerematen thinks he is that popular and Ghanaians want him, he should try standing as an independent candidate for the presidency.

Source: citifmonline

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