Moved From Ports & Habour Boss To Presidential Advisor
The dream of former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly called, “Sir John” to be one of the foremost appointees of President Akufo-Addo, has been shattered, and reports suggest that the NPP kingpin is brokenhearted and lives with severe pain.
Party and family sources, revealed that, Mr. Owusu-Afriyie, was made Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) replacing, Richard A-Y Anamoo, but Peter Mac Manu, former NPP National Chairman and Akufo-Addo’s 2016 Campaign Manager, new board chairman of GPHA, rejected Sir John, as Director General.
This was after several media reports, including the Daily Graphic report said that, Mr. Owusu-Afriyie, who is a lawyer by profession, had been appointed as Director General to oversee the national ports, which stretches from Tema in the Greater Accra Region to Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region.
Mr. Owusu-Afriyie’s appointment was later to be disputed and described as “a social media appointment” because it did not come from the Flagstaff House.
The Herald, has been monitoring Sir John’s sad situation for weeks now, since his appointment was botched. Insiders say he had been to the seat of government; The Flagstaff House, couple of times, but received no convincing assurance from even President Akufo-Addo.
According to family sources, on one of his visits, a cousin of the President, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, implored him to accept appointment as Presidential Advisor, but disheartened Sir John, is said to have looked Gabby, in the eyes and rejected the position.
Lawyer Owusu Afriyie’s loyalty to Akufo-Addo, has never been in doubt. In September 2013, he made a strong case for the Akufo-Addo’s chances of leading the party in the 2016 elections to become President.
“Nana Addo will lead NPP even if he is in a wheelchair,” Sir John told the host of Hello FM Breakfast show, King Edward.
Back then, there were concerns over whether Nana Akufo-Addo, who was to be 72 in 2016, will still contest to lead the NPP into the elections. The doubts were heightened by Nana Addo’s concessionary speech after the final verdict of the Supreme Court in which he announced a temporary rest from politics.
But the then General Secretary of the party, Sir John, went out of the required way to say, Nana Addo, has not retired from politics and that he will lead the party in 2016.
He noted that the issue about age should not be a matter at all and must not be considered in choosing who leads the party for the 2016 elections, adding “as long as Nana Akufo-Addo is alive and strong, he will lead the party”.
“The argument about age does not wash; how old is President Mugabe of Zimbabwe, how old is Shimon Perez of Israel, I mean those talking about age have no basis, make no mistake, Nana will lead NPP even if he is in a wheelchair,” he reiterated back then.
“I know I have made lots of sacrifices and commitments to this party; the humiliations, the insults and the public attacks I have endured over the years were all for the love of the party,” he emphasized.