General News Fri, 7 Oct 2016
Deputy communications minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has lambasted the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for allegedly running the party aground.According to him, he is particularly incensed about what he describes as “infantile argument about a plagiarized document that never exists”.
He said the NPP’s difficulty in producing a convincing manifesto capable of offering Ghanaians the alternative they claim could solve the nation’s problems to enhance the lives of Ghanaians is laughable.
The deputy minister who took to social media to react to claims by the NPP that their manifesto has been stolen by the All People’s Congress said:
“The current leadership of the NPP has to go down as the worst in the party's history. Their behavior over the simple matter of a manifesto has been nothing short of comical. In the beginning they said they won't launch their manifesto because its contents will be stolen. Soon after the NDC launched its manifesto, they said their manifesto had been stolen only to turn round days later to claim the manifesto contained lies. Now the APC launches its manifesto and they are saying the said manifesto is in fact theirs.”
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC) of stealing the ideas and policies of its flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
The party described Mr Ayariga as Melania Trump (wife of US Republican candidate, Donald Trump, who plagiarized the speech of Michel Obama).
But expressing his view on the matter the Deputy Minister who also doubles as the deputy campaign spokesperson of the Mahama campaign said the NPP’s posture smacks of a party that is not serious and are not ready to take over the governance of the country.
“I have come to the inevitable conclusion that the NPP does not have a manifesto and is making excuses to cover up for this deficiency. No other logical explanation for this behavior comes to mind."
Meanwhile, the APC presidential candidate, Ayariga who launched his party’s 2016 manifesto on Thursday, 6 October, at the Aviation Social Centre in Accra, has issued a sharp response debunking the allegation. Mr Ayariga, however, advised the NPP to feel free to copy from him but must ensure it does it very well.
“The APC manifesto is a serious document which the NPP can steal ideas from to make theirs which will be launched Sunday very rich. The APC will improve production deficiency through the following… (a) Irrigation development…Please I beg you, it is not one district; one dam because the people even don’t have the dam to make one village one dam, this is not feasible. My brothers in the NPP, tell them to be serious, this is a serious country,” Ayariga fumed.
The outspoken deputy Communications Minister’s comment comes in the wake of general condemnation of the NPP’s posture about the release of its manifesto. Many believe the main opposition party is gradually losing its potency in Ghanaian politics.
With 60 days to the December 7 elections, the party is yet to launch its manifesto but has pencilled Sunday, October 9 to do so.