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Former Minister of Trade and Industry Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen says he was one of the few state officials to defend the move by government to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for bailout in 2021.
He said the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, was nowhere to be found.
“Did you hear from the Finance Minister, having the confidence to defend it?” he posed as he was interviewed on Accra-based UTV on Tuesday, September 26.
“It was only me and a few people who defended it and calmed the nerves of Ghanaians,” he said in Twi.
This comes in sharp contrast to what he said at the start to his truncated campaign of becoming NPP’s flagbearer in the Greater Accra Region, in July.
“I brought PSI and if Ghanaians had listened to me, today Ghana wouldn’t have gone to the IMF,” he mentioned, taking a swipe at his own government, then, for taking the decision to go for bailout.
Further expounding his ideals in Tuesday’s interview, Mr Kyerematen says he is not asking other political parties not to leave their folds but to vote for him as president in 2024.
He said they can vote for their party’s candidates as Members of Parliament but when it comes to the Presidential elections, they should vote for him.