Members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Grassroots for Power 2016, have chided the Managing Editor of New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako, to admit he got it all wrong by claiming the suspended National Chairman of the NPP, Paul Afoko, chaired the meeting that brought the Serbian nationals to train
The convener of the group, Alfred Benjamin Taylor, made this comment at a press conference in reaction to statements attributed to the Managing Editor that he (Baako) has a video footage that captures the suspended National Chairman chairing a training programme of the party.
According to the convener of the group, when Mr. Baako, went on the offensive and decided to be the spokesperson for the militant cabal in the NPP, members of the group sensed another well-orchestrated attempt to throw dust in the eyes of some NPP loyalists and for that matter Ghanaians.
‘’There is a serious poverty of logical reasoning in Mr. Baako’s defense of the militant cabal in the party; in Mr. Afoko’s interview with the Africa watch magazine, he emphatically stated that he had acted on information from Madam Otiko Djaba, the National Women’s Organizer at the one week celebration of the passing of the late Madam Gladys Asmah’’ he added.
Mr. Taylor argued that Mr. Afoko in the said interview with Africa Watchnoted that he went to the venue for the training programme with the suspended General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong and expressed reservations about the meeting upon sighting the training document which was with John Boadu, the now Acting General Secretary.
According to the group, Mr. Baako is deepening the cracks in the party by springing up a spurious defense and by claiming he has a video recording of Mr. Afoko opening the training programme by the Serbian nationals.
All Mr. Baako could do after rave ranting on radio was to publish a story in his paper with the headline: “War of Attrition(1) with a caption ‘flashback to Monday 7, 2014-first day of the NPP Serbian event at Vitara Hotel.
He said the disputed story claimed that John Boadu introduced the National Chairman at the said event.
‘We are however, not surprised that such misleading story was published in Mr. Baako’s paper as a face saving approach rather than depth of depravity that has become the hallmark of Mr. Baako’s journalistic ethos he said.
He said the Mr. Afoko has always maintained that he went there following the information given by Madam Djaba on the fourth and final day of the programme.
He noted that at a Steering Committee meeting that executive of the party chastised the National Organizer for organizing the programme without authorization from the Steering Committee.
According to him, it was at the Steering Committee meeting that Mr. Boadu revealed that it was Ken Ofori-Atta, a cousin of the flag bearer who funded the entire programme and brought the Serbians to town.
Mr. Taylor revealed that the programme commenced on Saturday July 5, 2014 with the sole participation of Regional Organizers drawn from across the country.
He said it was false for Mr. Baako to claim that the controversial Serbian training was opened by the suspended National Chairman.
Mr. Baako says he has videos and recordings of Chairman Afoko opening the training programmes questioning where are the videos?
The implored the Managing Editor to release the videos for discerning Ghanaians to make their own judgment or forever have his credibility and image smeared.He argues.