General News of 2013-12-17

Akufo-Addo cannot call NPP members to order - Aide

Spokesperson for Nana Addo, Mustapha Hameed has stated that Nana Addo cannot be held responsible for comments made by members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) because he doesn't have the power to do that.
According to him, the NPP’s constitution states that the presidential candidate of the last election (2012) ceases to be responsible for party matters because he is no longer the party leader.
“There is only one person on earth, who has a licence duly signed by Akufo-Addo to speak on his behalf and that person is Mustapha Hameed. So Nana Addo is responsible only for the unguarded statements and utterances of Mustapha Hamid. Any other person, who speaks on NPP matters, speaks on his own behalf,” he said.
His comments follow calls by Dr. Arthur Kennedy asking Nana Akufo-Addo to denounce attacks on Dr. Apraku from his supporters.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mustapha Hamid explained that it is not fair for Dr. Arthur Kennedy to ask Nana Addo to take responsibility for comments made by supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) because until Nana Addo is elected as the Presidential candidate of the party at the next congress, “constitutionally he has no locus” to call people to order.
He mentioned that the leadership of the party is responsible for comments made by members of the NPP, adding that “if party people are misbehaving, it is the leadership of the party that calls them to order not Nana Addo.”
Meanwhile, a member of the NPP, Dr. Arthur Kennedy on his part says his challenge to Nana Addo to call his supporters to order is because the disturbances in the party is as a result of insults from his supporters on Dr. Apraku following Dr. Apraku’s declaration to contest the flagbearership of the party.
According to him, although they have a right to an opinion, they do not have “the right to insult him. That is not democratic. I think that as a leader, he has the responsibility to call his people to order. And particularly since he has a strong case for retention as a leader, he should be taking actions to unite the party and not divide it.”