On Monday, November 20, 2023, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took the step of revoking the membership of certain individuals who openly expressed their allegiance to Alan Kyerematen, a former party member.
In an official statement, the NPP announced the suspension of Hopeson Adorye, Nana Ohene Ntow, Boniface Abubakar Saddique, and Yaw Buaben Asamoa. The basis for this suspension was their violation of the party’s stance against endorsing the candidature of individuals not officially representing the party.
Noteworthy is the absence of Sylvester Tetteh, the Member of Parliament for Bortianor-Ngleshi-Amanfro, a prominent figure in Kyerematen’s campaign during his tenure with the NPP.
According to Article 3(5)(A)(4) of the NPP constitution, all members are required to “abide by and publicly uphold the decision of the party.”
The clause further states that “a member who stands as an independent candidate against the officially elected party member, or supports another political party or independent candidate when the party has sponsored a candidate in an election, automatically forfeits party membership.”
However, Sylvester Tetteh adeptly avoided inclusion in the list of suspended members, a move credited by GhanaWeb to his timely response when Alan Kyerematen withdrew from the November 4, 2023, contest and later resigned from the New Patriotic Party.
Swiftly distancing himself from the Alan campaign following his former ‘boss’s’ departure, Tetteh promptly redirected his allegiance by providing steadfast support to Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s candidature for the party’s flagbearer position.
In a GhanaWeb report on September 13, 2023, – when Alan withdrew from the race, the MP stated, “It is obvious that the NPP rank and file support the candidature of Vice-President Bawumia, and, in that light, I have decided, in consultation with my constituents, to join Team Bawumia.”
He emphasised that with Alan Kyerematen no longer in the race, he needed to choose among the remaining candidates, and his choice was Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia because he believes Bawumia would make an excellent president.
“I am making a firm commitment that I will support Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for the November 4 elections,” Tetteh stated.
Sylvester Tetteh’s adherence to the party’s constitution during this transition spared him from suspension, distinguishing him from his colleagues who have recently faced disciplinary measures from the party.
In contrast to Sylvester Tetteh and the others—Hopeson Adorye, Nana Ohene Ntow, Boniface Abubakar Saddique, and Yaw Buaben Asamoa—the party deems them to still maintain allegiance to Alan Kyerematen and his new Movement for Change, leading to their dismissal.