Ransford Yaw Gyampo, a professor of political science at the University of Ghana, warns that other New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer candidates may withdraw from the campaign “if care is not taken.”
He claims that other candidates appear to be subjected to the same intimidation that led one of the flagbearer candidates, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, to withdraw from the race on Tuesday, September 5.
On Tuesday, September 5, Prof. Gyampo made this suggestion while appearing on TV3’s Ghana Tonight.
It follows Mr. Kyerematen’s announcement that he would not be participating in all processes leading up to the November 4 Presidential Primary. Mr. Kyerematen finished third in the Super Delegates’ Conference on Saturday, August 26.
Mr. Kyerematen claimed that the Conference was “tactically and strategically skewed in favor of one specific aspirant.”
“The pronouncements made by some leading members of our party both before and after the elections, also lend weight to my observations,” he added.
However, others have characterized the decision as predictable given that Mr. Kyerematen, who was seen as the front-runner, finished third behind Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Member of Parliament (MP) Kennedy Ohene Agyapong of Assin Central.
Those who described the decision as predicted were harshly criticized by Prof. Gyampo.
“If people are claiming that this was predicted, then we should gird ourselves, swallow our haughtiness, and devise ways to deal with the threats posed by those who have Alan’s persona or pedigree pulling out of a race.
“Why did you fight the election in that way if you believe it is to be expected? Why were you threatening him if you knew he was heading outside?
If you say it’s expected, do they also anticipate that other participants, competitors, or aspirants will withdraw from the November 4 race? They should inform us if they anticipate that additional contenders will also withdraw.
For him, this might get to the point where other contenders withdraw.
But I’m warning them that more contestants will withdraw before November 4 if caution is not used.
Following Mr. Kyerematen’s resignation, Dr. Bawumia, Mr. Agyapong, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Francis Addai-Nimoh will compete for the position of party leader for the 2024 elections.