Picks & Praises To Create Mistrust In Opposition Party
President Akufo-Addo, appears to have embarked on an enterprise to knock the heads of bigwigs within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the ordinary supporters of the party into a bullfight, by picking and praising the qualities of NDC stalwarts, thus creating an air of suspicion and mistrust around them.
The latest was the Minority Leader and Tamale South Member of Parliament (MP), Haruna Iddrisu, whom according to President Akufo-Addo, has a bright political future ahead of him.
Earlier in his acceptance speech in December last year, shortly after the Electoral Commission (EC) declared him winner of the 2016 presidential elections, Akufo-Addo, singled out some members of the NDC for public mention, either as friends, or close advisors.
He expressed profound gratitude to ex-President Jerry John Rawlings, Captain Kojo Tsikata, former head of national security and a member of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) for offering him useful advice over the years.
Mr. Ato Ahwoi, a former Minister and a stalwart of the NDC, days later was also put on the spotlight by an excited Nana Akufo-Addo, who described him in church, as a long standing friend.
The developments, led to some speculation as to the exact nature of the relationship that exist between these NDC gurus and Nana Akufo –Addo, sparking suggesting that, leaders of the NDC, betrayed their own Presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama.
Yesterday, delivering his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) in parliament, Mr. Akufo-Addo, applied the strategy again.
While, commending the leadership of both sides of the August House, the president said: “I commend also the Majority Leader, my contemporary in this House, who can now put his extensive experience of parliament to use as leader of the house and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.
“My compliment goes to the new Minority Leader, Honourable Haruna Iddrisu, who announced himself on the national stage, when he came here in my last term in the House. It is clear that he has an important future in Ghanaian politics.
“I want to assure him and the leadership of the House on both sides that, I will cooperate fully with parliament to enhance the governance of our nation to be able to do the business of Ghana effectively.”
Mr. Iddrisu, entered parliament for the first time in 2005, after winning the seat in the 2004 elections, the year Mr. Akufo-Addo, exited parliament as legislator.