The national executive committee of the NPP in the run up towards the national delegates conference in the Ashanti region took some bold decisive decision which sort essentially to admonish individuals who were seeking political office at different levels of the party hierarchy to desist from any act which would undermine the unity of the party. This included among others, the banning of all billboards, posters, flyers, t-shirts and other publicity materials that could be identified with individual aspirants.
Against this background, almost all the individuals who have shown either directly or indirectly to have an interest in contesting for different positions in the party took concrete steps to abide by the directives of the party leadership.
Most political commentators were of the opinion that, these directives from the national executive committee were indirectly targeting one of the potential presidential aspirants, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen. This is against the background of the massive support the minister has received at the recently held constituency and regional delegates conference as well as his widely acknowledged popularity at the grassroot levels of the party.
It is therefore not surprising that consistent with the character demeanor and disposition of the man Alan, his teaming followers attended the conference in their numbers and displayed a high sense of maturity and discipline and comported themselves in such a discipline manner to the amazement and admiration of the delegates who attended the conference. Instead of attempting to bulldoze their way through the security installation mounted at the conference venue, the supporters of Alan decided to undertake a peaceful march along a dedicated route outside the conference perimeter to avoid any clashes with the heavily armed security officers in attendance at the conference.
This is in marked contrast to the rabble rousing supporters of the Vice President, another potential presidential aspirant, who took siege of the space directly in front of the presidential dais and held the conference event at a stand still for several minutes when the Vice President was about to make his speech to deliver his address at the conference in the full glare of the President and all the National Executives of the party.
It is shocking to note that although this was in complete defiance of the party’s own prior instructions and directives, neither the President nor the Vice President nor any of the senior party executives took the opportunity to publicly admonish the unruly behavior and conduct of the supporters of the Vice President.
It was clear that the said activist who had been mobilized to attend the conference to cheer the Vice President were not actual accredited delegates from the constituency or regional branches of the party.
In light of the potential serious conflict that could have emerged if supporters of Alan had also stormed the conference ground in an equally unruly manner, it is therefore worth commending the supporters of Alan, who went to Kumasi to lend their support to the party in a peaceful and discipline manner.