Former Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyerematen has revealed that a former Chairman and elder statesman of the New Patriotic Party, B.J da Rocha apologised to him before the latter’s death over a report he wrote about him.
Da Rocha is reported to have written in a report that Mr Kyerematen would be a disruptive factor, a stumbling block, and a loose canon if accepted back into the fold of the NPP following his 2008 resignation after the internal flagbearer race.
“He called consistently to apologise,” Mr Kyerematen said in an interview on UTV.
Mr Kyerematen, who has resigned from the NPP again to pursue an independent presidential ambition, said da Rocha felt sorry for those comments later.
“I had just met da Rocha in Accra on my way to Kumasi and when I arrived, he had already granted an interview calling me a disruptive factor,” Mr Kyerematen recalled.
“When I had the opportunity, I confronted him frontally and asked him if he was serious at all because I felt as an elderly person, he should have known better. I told him he acted in bad faith. Later on, he called consistently to apologise before his death”, Mr Kyerematen said.
Announcing his resignation on Monday Mr Kyerematen said: “My decision to contest as an independent candidate will not destroy the party, but instead provide the party an opportunity to participate in a government of national unity in the future, and avoid the risk of going into opposition with no dividends, in what arguably will be a difficult general election in 2024”.