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A political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kwesi Amakye Boateng believes the current government is on a dangerous mission with the kind of precedence it is setting in respect of appointments.
According to him, the widespread protests against some appointees are courting some acrimony for the presidency and the party at large calling on its leadership to tread cautiously.
His comments follow the appointment Dr Otchere Addai-Mensah as Chief Executive for the Ghana Standards Authority and his subsequent resignation less than a month after some bigwigs within the party opposed to the move by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
Their justification was that he [Otchere Addai-Mensah] never supported the president during the internal contest of the party and must therefore not be given any post a move Kwesi Amakye Boateng disagrees insisting he is still a staunch member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“I think the NPP is on a dangerous mission and they are setting up the president to fail. This is because they are courting a lot of enmity for the president as a result of their actions and the kind of advice they are giving the president regarding his appointments.”
“I am surprised they are today questioning the Addai-Mensah’s loyalty and standing within the NPP. I am reliably aware of how the same NPP approached the gentleman to contest the Bantama parliamentary seat for the NPP which he declined.”
”Addai-Mensah declined to contest at Bantama because he believed the incumbent MP has not committed any blunders that warranted him to mount a challenge and he thought on principles, if he had contested, his candidature could have divided the NPP in Bantama so he declined in the interest of party unity,” he revealed.
“Tell me, to what extent could such a person’s loyalty to the NPP as a political party be questioned,” he asked.
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