Veteran writer Paul Adom-Otchere has predicted that when the 2024 election campaign season heats up, voters would forget about Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, who quit the New Patriotic Party to run for president as an Independent Candidate.
According to Adom-Otchere, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia would engage in a vigorous contest for the NPP’s nomination if Bawumia wins.
On Monday, September 25, Alan Kyerematen announced his resignation from the New Patriotic Party in order to run as an independent.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Citi FM, Mr Adom-Otchere said, “I can tell you that by the time the campaign hits a crescendo, if Dr Mahamudu Bawumia becomes the NPP’s candidate, with the kind of campaigning he does, which he’s going to do. When the campaign reaches a crescendo, and it’s John Dramani Mahama versus Dr. Bawumia, people will even forget that Alan Kyerematen is contesting.
“It’s going to be a stiff election, it’s going to be brutally fought. And nobody will remember that there’s a third candidate. I can assure you of that, but we still need time to see how Alan’s campaign will pan out”.
In addition, Adom-Otchere voiced his opinion that even while some Ghanaians, including NPP and NDC youth, may publicly support Alan Kyerematen on social media, they may eventually decide not to cast their ballots for him in the 2024 elections.
“An NPP youth person will feel that voting for Alan means throwing his vote away, so they are more likely to vote for their party. NDC people, on the other hand, are a bit frightened by the break of the 8, they don’t want the 8 to happen.
“They certainly want the 8 to be destroyed. They want the NPP out, they want their candidate to win. So NDC youth are not even going to pay attention to potentially vote for Alan. They may support him on social media. They will support him in rhetoric but in terms of casting the ballot, they will vote for John Mahama,” he said.