General News of 2014-04-17

Kufuor's absence at NPP conference not deliberate – Frank Agyekum

Frank Agyekum, spokesperson for former President Kufuor has rebuffed claims that his boss' absence at the just ended national delegates conference of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) was deliberate.

He said the former president as a thoroughbred of the NPP has no intention to depart from the ideals and principles of the party.

Mr. Kufuor was on an international assignment when about 5,200 delegates voted to elect national executives to steer affairs of the party for the next four years.

Apart from the National Women’s Organizer, Otiko Afisa Djaba who retained her position, the entire leadership was overhauled to the surprise of many political pundits.

But many people especially members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) have questioned the absence of Mr. Kufuor.

They argue that a programme as important as the National Delegates Conference of the NPP should not under any circumstance be missed by the party's former leader, saying that could be a sign of disunity in the party.

But on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Thursday, Frank Agyekum stated unequivocally that claims were completely unfounded. He also added that the former president does not have any camp in the NPP.

According to him, as a statesman and party elder, Mr. Kufuor will not pursue any agenda that will divide the party.

Frank Agyekum noted that the former president would have been the first to go to Tamale, but the invitation for the international assignment came long before the party scheduled the date for the conference.

He indicated that, Mr. Kufuor made it a point to attend all party activities in his capacity as an elder of the NPP anytime he was in the country.

Mr. Agyekum said former president Kufuor’s greatest desire is to see the NPP back to power, therefore, he will not do anything to ruin their chances.

“What is needed now is for the current executives to unite both winners and losers for a united front to wrestle power in 2016”.

Source: myjoyonline.com
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