There is no such thing as a leading member of the NPP, but even if there were, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe does not merit wearing that tag, former Chairman of the main opposition party, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey has said.
“I don’t think that Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe will be qualified to be a so-called leading member of the NPP,” he said.
“I don’t think he has acted in the interest of the New Patriotic Party for some time now,” Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey said in explaining why the medical doctor-turned-politician cannot regard himself as such.
He said Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe has not shown loyalty to the NPP, “because one of the first things that you have to do [as a party member] is to uphold your party; I don’t think Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe has done anything to uphold the NPP or the NPP’s positions or policy.”
“I think he feels that he’s an individual and, therefore, he can operate as an individual. If he wishes to operate as an individual, then he should operate as an individual without a cloak as being a member of the party.
“I have felt this way for a long time; it’s not something recent. I don’t think he has been supportive of the party, in fact from before 2012,” he told Neat FM in an interview on Friday, in response to whether his reaction was informed by Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe’s recent lampooning of the party’s flagbearer’s ‘Rise and Build’ tour across the country.
Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe recently criticised the tour as needless. He told Neat FM's morning show 'GhanaMonTie' on Wednesday that: “Rise and build tour is not what will get the party united.”
“If you start such a tour without principal players in the NPP then where are you heading towards?” he asked.
“What my party needs at the moment is a very strong, united front and not Rise and Build whatever tour! A united front is key to success! If we're not united, we should forget 2016, and truly, we're not united! Anyone who will tell you the party is united is not telling you the truth,” Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said.
Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey said a person like Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe, who did not help the NPP’s 2012 campaign in any way, cannot consider himself a member of the party, and has suggested that he be hauled before the party’s disciplinary committee and given the same treatment as fellow founder-member Dr Charles Wereko-Brobbey, who was suspended for two years after he publicly criticised some actions of the party in the past.