General News of 2014-06-09

NPP should stop fighting one another over nothing - Kwadwo Mpiani

Former Chief of Staff, Kwadwo Mpiani, has described as ‘palpable false’ claims that he and some leading members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are plotting to ensure that the party’s 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, loses the 2016 elections should he be elected flagbearer.

The plan dubbed Agenda 2020 is said to be the brainchild of some loyalist of flagbearer aspirant Alan Kyerematen including party Chairman, Paul Afoko, General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong and former President Kufuor.

According to media reports, they will ensure the NPP loses the 2016 elections to enable them present their preferred candidate [Alan Kyerematen] to lead the party in the 2020 general elections.

Both the National Chairman and General Secretary have vehemently denied such allegations and called on party members to treat it with the contempt it deserves.

In support, Kwadwo Mpiani on Asempa FM's Ekosii Sen programme on Monday, said the party must move beyond such trivialities and focus on winning power in 2016.

According to him, his greatest wish is to see the NPP back in power to save Ghanaians from the unbridled hardship in the country, thus will not work towards its defeat in 2016.

“How many years do I have to live on earth to hatch such a plan? Do I know what will happen before 2020? He quizzed.

Obviously unhappy about the seeming division in the party, the former Chief of Staff said he is saddened by the internal bickering in the party.

The former Chief of Staff indicated that given the challenges confronting the Mahama-led administration,one would have thought the NPP would be united in purpose for a landslide victory in 2016 “instead of fighting one another over nothing”.

Espousing what he described as genuine unity to bring all hands on deck for victory in 2016, Mr. Mpiani emphasized the need for party members to campaign in a way that places the party’s interest above individual interest.