Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi
THE Founder of the Reform Patriotic Democrats (RPD), Mr Kwabena Adjei, has disclosed that the party is taking advantage of Mr Alan Kyerematen’s resignation from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rope him into the RPD.
“He is a big politician we cannot afford to miss and we are talking with him to join the party,” he said.
Mr Adjei, popularly known as Bambata, told the Daily Graphic in Kumasi that so far the signs of Mr Kyerematen joining the party were very positive and that an announcement could be made in due course.
He said the reasons that led members of the RPD to break away from the NPP also informed Mr Kyerematen’s resignation from the NPP.
“It shows that we are all fighting from a common angle and can move together under the RPD to change the face of politics in the country,” Adjei said.
He said the RPD was aware of manoeuvres by the NPP to get Mr Kyerematen back but said it would be a great political miscalculation for the former NPP presidential aspirant to go back to the party.
Mr Adjei indicated that Mr Kyerematen resigned on principle, saying that he was confident that the former aspirant would keep to his stand.
He said the RPD was poised to make an impact in the 2008 elections but said in the event of the party going into an alliance with any party, it was Mr Kyerematen who would have to lead the negotiations.
Mr Adjei said it was not only Mr Kyerematen who would be joining the RPD but other big names from the NPP, with members of the other political parties following.
He gave the assurance that the party would contest all the parliamentary seats in the country.
The founder said from next week regional congresses would begin, to be followed by the election of parliamentary candidates and a presidential candidate.
“We have capable persons in the constituencies who are ready to represent the party in the parliamentary elections,” Mr Adjei said.