Busy Buaben Asamoa Replaces Adomako Baafi
The very powerful nephew of President Akufo-Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has succeeded in his antics to get the acting Communications Director of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Adomako Baafi, removed.
It will be recalled that in June this year, founder of pro-government think tank, Danquah Institute (DI) set in motion plans to get Adomako Baafi removed by announcing his replacement with the Member of Parliament (MP) for Adenta, Yaw Boaben Asamoa, as the substantive Communications Director with many deputies.
Although, the news was subsequently refuted, last Wednesday, the name of the Adenta MP, was indeed confirmed as the new NPP Director of Communications, and Gabby took to his social media handle to congratulate the onetime Executive Secretary of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII).
“And, finally: congrats, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, MP, for your appointments as Director of Communication, NPP”, he posted on Facebook.
This will be the first time that a sitting MP, will serve as Communications Director for the NPP, and it has left people wondering, how he will combine his dual role.
Gabby, had started his machination out of the blue in June with a post on Facebook, claiming Mr Adomako Baafi, had been replaced with the MP.
The nephew of the president posted: “Congrats to Yaw BuabenAsamoa on your appointment as the new Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party.Clearly, there was a huge leadership vacuum in the ruling party’s communication machinery, and we are all happy to hear that Chairman Blay, General John Boadu and the team have acted accordingly.”
Yaw Buaben Asamoa is a trained lawyer and had served as a spokesperson for the late former Vice-President AliuMahama during the Kufuor years.
It is not clear what Gabby’s issue is with, but common view within the governing party is that, Adomako Baafi, though very efficient and eloquent with the Akan language, same cannot be said when it comes to the English Language, in spite of his degree from the University of Ghana (UG).
Before that, no news of the removal of Adomako-Baafi, popularly known as ‘lawyer’ had been heard anywhere.
His claim therefore led to a response from the now General Secretary of the NPP John Boadu, who insisted on Okay FM’s ‘Ade AkyeAbia’ programme that Mr Adomako Baafi, hadn’t been relieved of his post.
“As it is now, Yaw Adomako Baafi still occupies the post as the acting Communications Director of the party,” John Boadu said.
“Adomako Baafi to the best of my knowledge is still at post and considered as the acting Communications Director of the party,” he reiterated.
It would be recalled that after Gabby’s post on Facebook, Adomako Baafi issued a statement to deny the report, insisting that no such statement has been brought to his attention.
He added that, he was appointed through a process and as such expects the same process to be followed to dismiss him.
However, few days to his replacement, Mr Adomako Baafi, resigned from his position.
In what looked like a well orchestrated plan to force the man popularly known as ‘lawyer’ out, he pretentiously in a statement appealed to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to find his replacement.
According to him as a grassroots person, he did not want to sit in his office, while the larger part of the work remains on the ground.
According to him, his love for working at the grassroots would be impeded, if he keeps the position as Director of Communications.
“I want to be with the masses. I cannot be sitting in the office and all the time meetings upon meetings and things are going wrong. The party leadership should understand me…it is not anger..the party should also bear with me.
The best thing was after the election of new executives, some appointments should have been made”, he disclosed on Accra-based Neat FM.
“I cannot continue my visits to the villages and other rural areas canvassing for votes for the party if I continue to hold the position as Director of Communications”, he stressed.
Having resigned by himself to avoid any rancor within and without government, the party last week announced the appointment of seven directors and 20 deputy national officers to complement national executives who were elected at the party’s recent national delegates’ conference held in Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
A statement signed and issued in Accra by John Boadu, said the appointments were made, following a joint National Council and National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting last Wednesday.
The statement said, Mr Boaben Asamoa, has been appointed as Director of Communications, while Mr Evans Nimako, was named as the Director of Research and Elections.
Mr Collins Nuamah, was made the Director of Finance and Administration, with Mr Emmanuel Attafuah-Danso, heading International Affairs as its director.
The Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) went to Eric Ntori, with Kwadwo Afari, being appointed as Director of Protocols, while Antwi Adjei, was also appointed as Senior Political Advisor
Maxwell Lugudor and Elvis Botah, were appointed as Deputy General Secretaries, while the two deputies to the National Women’s Organiser went to Justina Awo Banahene and Hajia Sawudatu.
For the position of Deputy National Youth Organisers, two persons were appointed and they are Perpetual Lomokie Akwada and Joseph Nyaniba Kwayaja, while AyishetuYusif and Abdallah Toric, were appointed as National Nasara Coordinators.
Ten individuals were also appointed as Deputy Communications Directors.
They are Kamal-DeenAbdulai, Joyce Zempare, Haruna Mohammed and Yaw Preko. The others are Akbar YussifRohullah Khomeini, Jennifer Oforiwaa Queen, Richard Asante Yeboah and MaameYaaAboagye.
The rest of the Deputy Communications Directors are Kofi Agyapong and Richard Nyamah.
The statement congratulated all the officers and called on them to discharge their mandate diligently to justify the confidence reposed in them with the view to enhancing the party’s fortunes at all times.