A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Kumawu in the Ashanti Region, Akua Afriyie, has declared support for New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer candidate, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, leading to her dismissal from the opposition party.
She has indicated her admiration for the NPP presidential hopeful even though she is a member of the opposition NDC.
According to the former NDC Women’s Organiser, her sack came shortly after the video of her declaration of support for Alan went viral during the Kumawu by-election.
She had told the whole world that though she was an NDC member, if the NPP presented Alan as their flagbearer in the 2024 elections, she will gladly vote for him.
She stated then that Alan had a vision that could save the country and give the teeming youth hope.
She has since become an advocate for Alan Kyerematen’s presidential mission.
Her declaration has since become talk of town in political circles for which the NDC did not take kindly to her pronouncement.
Akua Afriyie says she is now a floating voter having been served with a dismissal letter.
“I am currently not a member of the NDC or a member of the NPP, but l am a strong supporter of Mr. Kyerematen,” she stated.
Akua Afriyie has cautioned that if the NPP denies Mr. Kyerematen the opportunity to lead the party, she will simply stay clear of the 2024 elections.
Meanwhile, the constituency delegates’ durbar for Kumawu, Afram Plains and Effiduase Asokore constituencies was massively attended, with delegates declaring that it is Alan’s time to lead the party and nothing should stand his way.
Asante Akim South MP Declares Support For Alan
In a new twist, Member of Parliament for Asante Akim South, in the Ashanti Region, Kwaku Asante-Boateng, has joined the Alan Kyerematen team.
The MP, a known supporter of Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, announced the switch on Monday during the former Trade Minister’s cluster delegates’ durbar at the auditorium of the Church of Pentecost at Konongo, where he met delegates from Asante Akim North, South and Central constituencies.
Mr. Asante-Boateng explained that Dr. Bawumia’s team had disrespected him by not greeting him during the recent campaign tour of the Vice President to the constituency.
According to the MP, even though he was asked to welcome Dr. Bawumia upon his arrival, he was ignored and publicly ridiculed to his utmost dismay, which he saw as a sign of disrespect.
“You cannot disrespect me and expect me to follow you,” he told the delegates amid cheers.
Nana Akomea Responds
Meanwhile, Nana Akomea, a member of Dr. Bawumia’s campaign team who was alleged to have snubbed David Asante-Boateng, has responded.
He indicated that he left Parliament some time ago, and do not know by face many MPs who entered Parliament after 2012, adding that the first time he saw David Asante-Boateng was when he was introduced at the event.
“Anytime the campaign bus stopped at a constituency, there is usually a big welcoming group of people gathered at the door of the bus, to welcome Dr. Bawumia. Those of us who get down before Dr. Bawumia have to wade through the crowd quickly to pave way for him.
“In the process of rushing through the crowd, if I had known the MP, I would have made every effort to say hello and shake his hand,” he said.
He further explained that after he had been introduced, Mr. Boateng went on to give a resounding speech endorsing Dr. Bawumia.
“It is therefore a complete surprise to see him in a video doing an about turn, because of an incident that happened before his speech endorsing Bawumia.
“Be that as it may, I assure the Hon. David Asante-Boateng, on behalf of Dr. Bawumia’s campaign team, that there is no deliberate attempt by the team to disrespect him. And we respect his decision to whoever he chooses to support,” he added.
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