NPP Divided as Bawumiah, Alan Kyerematen and Kennedy Agyapong fight for flagbearership

On Thursday, Trade Minister Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, pupularly known as “Alan cash”, has resigned from the government of Nana Akuffo Addo. Many believe this is afford him enough time to contest flagbearership slot of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Although Alan is yet to publicly announce his campaign, he was a strong contender to Nana Addo and is very much expected to make another run for the Presidency.

Mr Kyerematen made an attempt at the leadership of the NPP in 2007, capturing 32.3% of the votes cast and losing to Nana Akufo-Addo who gained 47.96% of votes cast. Mr Kyerematen made other attempts at the party’s leadership in 2010 and 2014 but placed second to Akufo-Addo, who won the primaries.

His contenders for the NPP flagbearer will include vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Kennedy Agyapong.

Late last year, Tiger Eye PI investigations led to the removal of the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen after Mr. Boahen told undercover journalists that Vice President DR. Mahamudu Bawumia could be paid $200,000 as an appearance fee for investors.

This has led to Vice President dissociating himself from the alleged conduct of Mr. Boahen. Dr. Bawumia in a post on Facebook said Mr. Boahen should be dismissed and investigated if the revelation were accurate because his position would be untenable.

As the leader of the economic management team, the Vice President has also been under intense scrutiny in regards to the country’s struggling economy and falling cedi, which he had promised to “arrest” should his party be voted into power.

The last contender Kennedy Agyapong, is a controversial politician who is known for verbally attacking political opponents has in the past attacked the likes of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, Former President J J Rawlings, Ibrahim Mahama, Afia Schwarzenegger, Asiedu Nketiah among others.

After the showing of ‘’number 12’’, an investigative piece put together by Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Ahmed Suale with regards to corruption in football; he showed the face of Ahmed Suale which some allege led to his assasination.

During the unrest in Ejura, he criticized a supposed false reportage carried out by a journalist with the multimedia group. During a TV program on his Net 2 TV, he argued that the journalist deserves some serious beatings.

Kennedy Agyapong has also had to apologize after he was charged with contempt for saying derogatory words about Judge Amos Wuntah Wuni.