At Crunch Secret Meeting Inside His Nima Palace With Minority Members
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), last Friday, did the unthinkable by accusing some of the 123 Members of Parliament (MP) on the Minority side of corruption, during a crunch secret meeting at his Nima residence in Accra.
Nana Akufo-Addo, according to party insiders, looked the MPs, most of who were his mates in the August House, in the face and told them that some of them had been heavily “compromised”, hence their inability to keep the John Mahama administration on its toes.
On Friday, the 123 MPs, had honoured an invitation from the NPP flagbearer, gleefully thinking they were going to discuss strategies, which will help them unseat President Mahama, but they got it all wrong, they rather walked into a meeting where they were insulted.
The MPs, led by the Minority Leader, Osei –Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, left Nana Akufo-Addo’s residence very angry, murmuring and cursing their flagbearer in their heads for calling them corrupt.
Mr. Kobina Tahir Hammond, NPP MP for Adansi Fomena in the Ashanti Region, is said to have openly shown his utter disgust at Nana Addo for insulting them.
The Herald’s sources, who sat through the gathering, revealed that the meeting started with what sounded like an apology from the flagbearer to the NPP legislators on behalf of his cousin, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, for his recent scathing verbal attacks on them.
Nana Addo’s trusted cousin, had poured venom on the Minority members during a radio discussion on Oman FM, calling them “irresponsible”, and also suggesting that they were lazy, because they had abandoned their parliamentary duties of keeping the government on its toes.
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, singled out civil society groups such as, IMANI-Ghana and OccupyGhana, commending them for brilliantly keeping the Mahama government on its toes; something the NPP MPs had failed to do.
Although, Nana Addo, had earlier attempted something by way of an apology on behalf of Gabby, it was clear after the meeting that, he was fully in support of what his trusted cousin and editor of the New Statesman newspaper had done, by publicly insulting the party’s MPs on radio.
Nana Addo, was pushed by his former colleagues to substantiate his claim that they have been compromised, but he could not adduce any evidence to back his claim.
The NPP MP for Akwapim South, Osei Bonsu Amoah, is said to have remarked during the secret meeting that, the Minority lacks leadership and focus, virtually indicting his boss, Osei –Kyei Mensah-Bonsu.
He recalled the days of J.H Mensah, as the Minority Leader in the 90s, when in-depth knowledge was brought to parliamentary debates on policies.
He also recalled the days of Yaw Osarfo Marfo on the floor of the House, brilliantly debating economic issues and guiding the contributions of his colleague MPs.
He suggested that the lack of leadership on the part of the Minority, led by Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu and Dominc Aduna Bingab Nitiwul of the Bimbilla Constituency in
the Northern Region, accounts for the ineptitude being exhibited by the Minority in Parliament.
A confrontation which had happened in Parliament, between the Minority Leader and the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Ghartey, MP for Essikado in the Western Region, was revealed during last Friday’s meeting to Nana Addo.
Mr. Joe Ghartey, was said to have openly rebuked the Minority Leader, for trying to show him how to do his work. The Essikado MP, admitted rebuking the Minority Leader, when Nana Addo questioned him on the matter.
From the meeting, it was clear that Nana Addo, doesn’t believe in the NPP MPs to help him win the 2016 Presidential election, as he sees them as having been compromised.