Politics of 2014-02-01

Even Rawlings will not dare to behave like Agyapong in NDC - Bature

The Managing Editor of the Al-Hajj newspaper, Alhaji Bature Idrissu, has expressed surprise and disgust at the seeming inability of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rein in and sanction the MP for Assin Central for his various attacks on the leadership of the party.

Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has launched a series of blistering attacks on the current national executives of the NPP, accusing them of theft and incompetence.

He has singled out chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and his chief of Staff Brian Acheampong for special mention, maintaining they took part and also superintended the theft of motorbikes and other campaign materials he procured for the 2012 election campaign.

The Assin Central MP has further vowed to ‘teach NPP a lesson’ if it re-elects the current executives by forming a new party and setting aside ‘$20m’ to ensure the party loses the 2016 elections.

But speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show of Wednesday January 29, 2014, Alhaji Bature challenged the leadership of the NPP, both past and present to sit up and call Ken Agyapong to order.

"Nobody is calling him to order, not even the disciplinary committee of the party, is there no leader in NPP," he quizzed.

'Are there no strong men in NPP? Nobody in NDC would dare do what Ken Agyapong is doing, not even Rawlings, who is the founder.

'Where is Akufo-Addo? Where is President Kufuor’s leadership? And yet they (NPP) will come and say they are the best democrats.'

He accused Kennedy Agyapong of seeking to bite the hand that fed him, recalling how the NPP government of J. A. Kufuor virtually made him the rich man ‘he claims to be’ with the contracts awarded to him.

‘We all know how he started, with his small shop at Nkrumah Circle, when he started that air condition company and the electricity contracts and all. He should give us a break. Is he a rich man? Is he the only rich man?’

Alhaji Bature emphasized that a political party is grown and supported by a wide variety of people, many of whom do it on the quiet, and wondered why the Assin Central MP would choose to trumpet his contributions.

He cautioned the NPP that the electorate of Ghana would not entrust the leadership of the country into their hands if they fail to maintain internal discipline.

Also commenting, an aspiring National Youth Organiser of the NPP, Sammi Awuku described the ongoing upheavals in the NPP as ‘not unusual’ and expressed confidence that the party ‘will come out and be fine.’

Citing the major confrontations and disputes that surrounded the NDC’s flagbearer race in 2011 between Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and the late Prof Atta Mills, popularly known as the ‘FONKAR GAMES’, Mr Awuku said the NDC still went ahead to campaign and win the 2012 elections.

Source: adomonline
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