To many, he was simply replaced with Eugene Arhin, as Press Secretary to the Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, but people very familiar with the story of Herbert Krampah, give a different account.
The Herald’s insiders, told this paper that the young man was eventually driven out of Akufo-Addo’s home and campaign for being an “Ayigbe Boy” allegedly planted by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to spy on the NPP flagbearer and his family for the governing party.
It was a sad case of suspicion and mistrust for a young man, who dedicatedly worked for the twice defeated Presidential aspirant, and in the process, made enemies for himself, especially in his family.
The same Nana Addo, has rejected ex-Volta Regional NPP chairman, Emmanuel Kenwuud Nuworsu, who also served in the Kufuor government as a Deputy Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment as NPP Deputy General Secretary. He was replaced with Nana Obiri Boahen.
Mr. Nuworsu, who once also served as the Volta Regional Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) under the Kufuor administration, was rejected by Akufo-Addo, because he is a Kufuor loyalist, hence cannot be accommodated at the NPP Headquarters.
Ex-President John Kufuor, had once paid glowing tributes to Mr. Nuworsu, saying “I know him for his talent for fearlessness, hard work and intelligence,” but Akufo-Addo’s doesn’t want him anywhere close to his presidential ambitions even if it was politically wise to give semblance of the regional balance.
The Krampah family are originally from Kpando in the Volta Region, but are now scattered with some settling in Ho, the Volta regional capital.
After his sacking, the young man, with a cool demeanor was forced to go and pick an LLB admission form to become a lawyer.
A story is told of a sleek Toyota Corolla car purchased by Herbert Krampah, which heightened suspicion about his source of funding for the car. The vehicle is believed to be the last straw that broke the camel’s back, leading to his eventual dismissal and replacement with Eugene Arhin, as Press Secretary.
EX-Volta Regional Minister under the Kufuor administration, Kofi Dzamesi, has also been sidelined for being a Kufuor boy. In his frustration, he decided to become, NPP Ketu North constituency parliamentary candidate.
Pius Enam Hadzide, was later made a Presidential Campaign Aide to Nana Akufo-Addo, after he was earlier rejected by the NPP flagbearer on the basis that, the Suspended NPP General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, suspended NPP National Chairman, Paul Afoko, had made him and Michael Ampong, members of the NPP Communication Team. It is unclear what Pius did to regain the emperor’s favor
Akufo-Addo, on Monday, October 24, 2016, began a 5-day tour of the Volta Region with a call to residents of the region to help change President Mahama’s government on December 7, and return the country onto the path of progress and prosperity.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, “the time has come for us to put people in office who are capable of giving this country a really effective and efficient government, so that we can make progress in our country.”
The NPP flagbearer, made the claim when he addressed Togbui Agamela IV, the acting Paramount Chief of the Peki Traditional Council, in the South Dayi Constituency, which was his first point of call in the Region.
“The President is going around telling everybody that in his next term, he is going to create jobs. In his next term, he’s going to concentrate on agriculture. Everything is in his next term. He doesn’t tell us anything about what is going on now.
“He’s been in power for 8 years, and apart from the green book, we don’t know what else he’s been able to produce,” Nana Akufo-Addo said.
He assured the Chiefs and people of Peki that “it is possible for us to develop rapidly if the correct policies are put in place. We have outlined many of these policies, which are to do with reviving our agriculture, reviving our industry.”
Nana Akufo-Addo, reiterated his commitment of helping to establish a factory in each of the 216 districts across the country “in order for the districts to be the centre of economic activity and growth.”
On the rationale for setting up the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, Nana Akufo-Addo, explained that, “we (in the NPP) want to change the way the monies of our country are allocated. The monies are not getting down to assist the people to deal with the issues confronting them.”
“That is why we have proposed that, from the 1st budget of our government, every constituency in the country is going to be allocated directly the equivalent of $1 million a year to deal with basic infrastructural needs of the constituency.”
The NPP flagbearer, also assured of the effective implementation of the Free SHS policy, as well as the revival of the National Health Insurance Scheme, which, he described as “one of the greatest social programmes, not just of Ghana, but in the whole of Africa.”
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), however, “in the hands of President Mahama and the NDC is being compromised. The NHIS is in serious decline, and it is my hope and intention that, if the people of Ghana bring the NPP back into office, we are going to revive the NHIS to make it work for everybody, as was the original intention.”
Nana Akufo-Addo, appealed to the people of South Dayi to throw their support behind him and the NPP, so development, jobs and wealth, could be brought to every part of the country without discrimination.
“I have come to you here in Peki, and in other areas of the Volta Region to ask for your support. It has not been forthcoming to us in big numbers in the Volta Region. But, I was happy to hear you (Togbui Agamela IV) say that I shouldn’t assume everybody is an NDC member here. That is a very reassuring statement for me. I am also hoping we will get many people who will say they are not NDC, and will help the NPP come back into office,” he added.
Nana Akufo-Addo, in concluding, assured the Chiefs and people of the Volta Region that “the NPP will not be the origin of any disturbance in our country over these elections”.
He urged the Electoral Commission to also play its role as a fair and impartial referee, as “this will enhance the peace and stability of our country.”