Leadership is a heavy axe and whoever wields it or wants to wield it, must be ready and willing to do so, not for any reason, but to help improve the living standards of the led.
Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, has not hidden his intention to contest for the flagbearership position of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), in fact in 2007, he staked his first claim at the position, when 16 other contestants, oblivious of the task ahead, also joined in the race, including Captain Nkrabea Effah Dartey, who thankfully was disqualified.
Alan won my admiration, when he threw in the towel for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who failed to get the mandatory 50 per cent, needed to secure a victory, when the election was to go for a run-off. That singular act was characteristics of a sportsman and from then until now, I have respected him.
I have always wanted Alan to lead the NPP, and will put my money on him anyway anytime. I think and still believe that he will be a better leader for Ghana, than Nana Addo, that is should NPP win any national election.
This question, I know the answer, but the question that continuously agitates my mind is, will Alan Kyeremanten be a good leader for NPP? Your guess is as good as mine; he is a two- time loser.
Since 2007, with the benefit of State support, because it was obvious that President, John Agyekum Kufuor, was supporting his bid, Alan failed to impress. He mounted one of the most expensive campaigns in history, at least since 1992, when we ushered in the new dispensation, even to the chagrin and annoyance of some of the candidates. If there was any lesson for politician, it was that money is not everything.
In as much as you have money to spend, you should answer the relevant question, do people know me? It was obvious the delegates of the party do
not know Alan. This question, should also be answered by Nana Addo, who keeps disturbing our ears with “ye nim wo fir titi”, to wit we know from long. Nana Addo knows the country than any single individual, for three times he had toured every nick and cranny of this country, but does the country know him?
In 2010, like a fighter, who fights and runs away lives to fight another day, Alan Kyeremanten came again, with all the seriousness and zeal that first informed, his decision to contest for the top most position of his party in 2007, but unfortunately, once again, he came, he saw and was defeated, by the same person, the old man Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, with a bigger margin, as the party had increased its electoral college.
History beckons again in 2014, as the NPP prepares for another Congress to elect a flagbearer to perhaps lead them into another defeat in 2016. It matters not to Ghanaians who the NPP chooses to lead it, they are just not ready for another John Agyekum Kufuor, who will take them for granted and when they complain, they are told to go to hell, whiles they plunder our limited natural resources.
Dreams are allowed, but in reality not every dream is possible. Since Alan and his supporters begun whipping up support for his campaign, am yet to hear one single policy statement, why Ghanaians or the NPP need him, except the fact that he is handsome. The contest for who becomes a possible first gentleman of the land is not a popularity or beauty contest, if that is the yardstick, I do not think Alan is the most handsome man in this country, I could easily beat him at that.
I have written countless articles in support of Alan Kyeremanten, outlining why I think he is a better candidate than Nana Addo, but his latest hasty and desperate actions leaves much to be desired, is age also catching up on him?
He was the first to announce his intention to contest for the flagbearership of the NPP, even whiles Nana Addo was away in London seeking the face of God. From his staple came the first youth group clamoring for his election. Get Alan Kyeremanten Elected (GAKE), this was what compelled another overzealous group, led by another aimless and lost old man, Hopeson Adorye, to form Crusaders of Nana Akufo-Addo (CONAA), such a ridiculous name, people just want power for power sake. We deserve more seriousness from our politicians than this.
Last week a newspaper asked a question, whether Alan Kyeremanten had bowed out of the presidential race of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Before the dust could settle, there was a statement from his office and signed by Nana Ohene Ntow denying the reports.
The statement read, “We unequivocally deny the aforementioned publication and further stress that, neither Mr. Alan Kyerematen nor any of his confidants have granted any such interview with the Palaver newspaper or with any news outlet.”
What sort of desperation is informing Alan’s premature ejaculation? Truth be told, Alan has a herculean task ahead of him, because beating Nana Addo, is not going to be easy. His ground swell support is mind boggling. I sometime wonders what Nana Addo, have done to the party to the extent that they do not care whether the party disintegrates, for as long as Nana Addo is their leader. They can even put him ahead of Ghana and the national interest.
They know Ghanaians, don’t want him, but they do, they know that he can’t deliver them victory, but they do not care, such overzealous and blind support for a man, who is down and out.
Alan must assess himself and start asking certain critical questions; why after two unsuccessful attempts the rank and file of the party, still want Nana Addo.
Selling himself to the media is not going to do him any good.
It is said that the sweetness of the pudding is in the eating, what do I care whether, you are still in the race or not, just go and pick the
nomination form and save us all this cacophony.
We need a leader, not a follower, we need somebody, who will have his pulse on the problems of the nation, not a model or somebody, who thinks his looks, is what is needed to occupy the Flagstaff House. Alan must wake up to reality.