As Election Monitors; Sideline Blay, Crabbe, Buadu, Awuku & Others
The crisis in the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) continues unabated with the current revelation that, both the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong and National Chairman, Paul Afoko, sidelined experienced party officials, and sent their errand boys and girls to London as observers of the recent elections in UK in which David Cameron of the Conservative party, was declared winner.
The two national executives, who have been accused of sowing seeds of disunity in the NPP, The Herald was told, shockingly sent their personal aides, bodyguards and inexperienced errand boys to the UK on the invitation of the Conservatives Party, led by the incumbent Prime Minister.
NPP insiders, could not understand why the likes of the First Vice-Chairman, Freddie Blay, Second Vice-Chairman, Sammy Crabbe, National Organizer, John Boadu; the Youth Organiser, Sammie Awuku or the Director of Election, Martin Adjei Korsa, were not sent on the trip by Mr. Afoko and Mr. Agyapong.
Instead names such as, David Opoku Ansah ,alias “OPK” an aide to Mr. Agyapong, Suleman Alhassan Atakpo, Mr. Afoko’s personal bodyguard, the Ablekuma South Constituency Women Organizer by name, Grace, the Ejisu Constituency Chairman by name, Nii Okai; a longtime ally of Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, with whom they run the Alan Kyerematen Campaign in 2010, made the trip.
One other person by name Ganiyu, said to be the NPP Northern Regional Communication Director was among the list of party members including, Pius Enam Hadzide, Michael Kwabena Ampong, who were appointed as Deputy Communication Directors by the General Secretary, but were rejected by the NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.
It is not clear who funded the plane ticket, hotels bills, food and other expenses.
But an excited David Opoku Ansah, who appears to be the leader of the delegation, confirmed the trip on his Social media platform, Facebook, saying the delegation honoured the invitation by helping one Markus Fysh, to become the new Member of Parliament (MP) for Yeovil Constituency.
He wrote, “Sweet Victory! The Conservative are just a seat away to forming Majority in the House of Commons. It’s humbling that we joined a team of dedicated and disciplined campaigners in the Yeovil constituency as we cling victory in a seat that has been held by the Liberal Democrats Since 1983. The New MP for Yeovil, Markus Fysh, is happy at the extraordinary work we did and is prepared to come visit Ghana”.
But the NPP insiders, argue that sending the errand boys and girls on such important trip, will be of no benefit to the party, because the elected executives, could have learnt something which would have significantly enhanced the fortunes of the party.
To them, the national executives of the NPP, should have met to the deliberate on the officials to send as witnesses of the all-important election, instead of sending people who are not strategists and know nothing about elections. It was their point that, those sent went on a traveling experience and sightseeing, but nothing beneficial to the NPP.
Again, by bypassing the other national executives, the NPP insiders told The Herald that both Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong, have shown that they are not ready to work with any of the other national executives for the party’s victory in 2016.
They accused the two officers of the collecting juicy goodies from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), especially a brother of President John Mahama, Ibrahim Mahama, to create confusion in the party and Nana Addo in the 2016 Presidential elections.
While, Kwabena Agyapong, was accused of collecting a US$75,000 car and cash of US$250,000 from Ibrahim Mahama, Paul Afoko, is said to have recently secured a permit to operate an Oil Marketing Company (OMC) as handouts to frustrate Nana Addo and the NPP’s victory in 2016.
They accused Mr. Afoko of reneging on its promise to the NPP delegates who voted for him in Tamale, to supply 275 pickup vehicles to all the Constituencies in the country by August 2014.
They charged that, only 42 per cent of delegate voted for Mr. Afoko, adding that 52 per cent rejected him, hence he does not have a full legitimacy to run the party like Nana Akufo Addo, who chalked a whopping 94.35 per cent.
They swore to soon clear both Mr. Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong from the NPP headquarters.