Supporters of suspended national executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), were last Saturday left in total disappointment, when they spotted a former presidential aspirant, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, with the party’s three times opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, in the Western Region.
Three elected executives, the National Chairman, Paul Afoko; General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong; and 2nd Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe, have been suspended indefinitely, as part of the NPP’s internal wrangling, partly blamed on their preference for Mr. Kyeremanten, as Presidential Candidate in a scheme dubbed, “Agenda 2020”.
Mr. Kyeremanten, had in 2008, resigned from the NPP, saying Nana Addo’s men, were maltreating his followers after the 2007 flagbearer elections on the University of Ghana (UG) campus in Accra. He refused to return to the party, despite approaches made to him by many senior NPP members, including the late J.B Da Rocha.
But the former Trades and Industry Minister in the erstwhile John Kufuor administration, just two days after the latest high profile suspensions, traveled to the Western Region to attend the final funeral rites of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Amenfi West, John Gyetuah, who passed on about two months ago, after a short ailment.
Mr. Gyetuah, was an MP on the ticket of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC). The party is looking set to retain the Amenfi West seat at tomorrow’s by-election.
Pictures of the pair, accompanied by running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, acting General Secretary, John Boadu, Asamoah Boateng, and other NPP supporters were sent to The Herald over the weekend via social media by followers of Mr. Agyapong, Mr. Afoko and Mr. Crabbe, wondering if Mr. Kyeremanten is worth “dying” for.
It is not clear, whether Mr. Kyeremanten, is only following Nana Addo, as convenient ruse to avoid verbal attacks from the flagbearer’s men. But others have said, if Mr. Kyeremanten was following Nana Addo on a matter of principle, he must be bold enough to tell Nana Addo to bring back Paul Afoko, Kwabena Agyapong and Sammy Crabbe.
Mr. Agyapong and Mr. Crabbe, were painfully ousted from their elected positions on Thursday by some 44 National Executive Council (NEC) members. This was after spurious petitions from some party members. Earlier NPP Regional chairmen, had failed getting signatures from ordinary party members to oust Mr. Afoko and Agyapong.
Prior to becoming, National Chairman and General Secretary respectively, Mr. Afoko and Mr. Agyapong, had been part of the Alan Kyeremanten for flagbearer bid at various times. While, Mr. Afoko, was part of the Alan campaign in 2007, Mr. Agyapong, joined in 2011.
The two are said to have ganged up against ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor, Kwadwo Mpiani, Richard Anane, and others, to prosecute the much talked about “agenda 2010” which is to make Mr. Kyeremanten NPP flagbearer, and President of Ghana at the 2020 Presidential elections, therefore undermining Nana Akufo-Addo’s resolve to lead the country.
Mr. Afoko, Mr. Agyapong and Sammy Crabbe, were labeled as enemies of the NPP flagbearer and had been chased out of the party’s Asylum Down office in Accra; the venue of many physical, gun attacks and destruction of properties.
Tough speaking Mr. Agyapong, is known to be a close ally of Mr. Kyeremanten to the extent that in the party’s primaries to elect flagbearer for the 2012 general elections, he served as his spokesperson, campaigning with him across the length and breadth of the country.
Mr. Afoko, who has been suspended, partly on the fact that his junior brother Gregory Afoko, is on criminal trial in the acid bath of the late NPP Upper East Regional Chairman, Adams Mahama, has been seen as a close ally of former President Kufuor, Mr. Kyeremanten, Dr. Richard Anane and Kwadwo Mpinim.
Mr. Afoko, is remembered for allegedly sharing dollars on behalf of Mr. Kyeremanten in 2007 on the campus of the University of Ghana, Legon.
Lord Commey, then NPP National Organizer, raised alarm, leading to an angry supporter of Nana Akufo-Addo, slapping Mr. Afoko, almost disrupting the conference.
Ex-President Kufuor, has spared no effort at making Mr. Kyeremanten President, believing he is a moderate politician compared to the hawkish and hotheaded Akufo-Addo.
More to come!