UTAG-UG President, Professor Ransford Gyampo is predicting that more candidates will soon withdraw from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s presidential primaries.
According to the political scientist, the processes for the exercise have not been managed well in the interest of the party.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, September 5, Prof Gyampo advised the party to urgently address the issues surrounding the election.
“I warned that if things aren’t done fairly, there could be a breakup. I also warned about the public comments of those expected to be seen as neutral arbiters. There will be more pull-outs. This isn’t the NPP BJ da Rocha and others led.”
Alan Kyerematen on Tuesday evening announced his withdrawal from the NPP’s flagbearer race citing several reasons.
He mentioned intimidation, and violence against a member of his campaign team and claimed that the party strategically organised the super delegates conference to favour one candidate over the others as some of the reasons for his decision.
Mr Kyerematen stated that pronouncements made by some leading members of the party before and after the elections lend weight to his observations.
“After having carefully analysed the results of the said elections, it is absolutely clear to me from events leading to, during and after the elections, that the Special Delegates Conference was strategically and tactically skewed in favour of one particular aspirant.”
“The level of intimidation of varying intensity, directly and indirectly, unleashed on a significant number of Delegates at various Voting Centers across the sixteen regions, is unprecedented in the history of our Party,” parts of the statement read.
Subsequently, the UTAG-UG President has advised the party to immediately address his concerns to curb any unforeseen issues of disunity.