May 20, 2024
Flagbearer-hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen has applauded market queens who have paid and picked up nomination forms for him.

According to the former Trade and Industry Minister, the market queens’s resolute support and belief in my vision for our great nation is truly inspiring.

A group of market queens have demonstrated their support for a flagbearer-hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alan Kyerematen, as they have paid and picked up nomination forms for him.

The women, known for their grassroots mobilization efforts, paid the GH¢50,000 fee required by the leadership of the NPP for any candidate hoping to enter the race of the presidential candidate of the party slated for November 4, 2023.

This action by the market queens is also in fulfilment of a pledge they made to the former Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, in January 2022, to pay for his nomination forms should he decide to contest the vacant position.

Reacting to this, Alan Kyerematen wrote on his twitter handle, “I am humbled and grateful to the incredible market Queens who have generously contributed to my pursuit in leading the NPP into victory in 2024. Your resolute support and belief in my vision for our great nation is truly inspiring.” He tweeted.

In January 2023, Alan Kyerematen resigned from as the Minister of Trade and Industry so that he could focus on his presidential ambitions.

The 67-year-old made his first attempt to lead the New Patriotic Party as its flagbearer in 2007 but failed in his bid when Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo emerged winner of that contest.

Popularly known as “Alan Cash,” Alan Kyerematen went on to make other attempts at the same slot in 2010 and 2014, but still came out unsuccessful.

He is known to have been at the forefront of championing the government’s One District One Factory initiative since 2018, birthing about 170 factories across the country.

Under Mr. Kyerematen’s leadership at the Trade Ministry, the country also witnessed the production of local vehicles by auto giants such as Suzuki, VW, Nissan, Sino Trucks, among others under the Automotive Development Policy.

Alan Kyerematen had earlier also served as Minister of Trade between 2003 and 2007, under the John Agyekum Kufuor government.

He has an extensive and distinguished record in international trade and public policy, enterprise development, politics and diplomacy.