…National Executives In Discussion
There is an attempt by the leadership of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to tame the party’s loudmouth Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Ken Ohene Agyapong, after his recent outburst, calling members and the leadership of the party, “Idiots”, “Foolish” and “very stupid”.
The attack by the MP, was a sharp response to the party, after its General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, in a statement dissociated the NPP from the former Finance Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo’s controversial ethnocentric statements.
At a meeting held last week and attended by the National Chairman, Paul Afoko, General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong, and two times presidential candidate of the party, Nana Akufo-Addo, and some of the executives, The Herald is informed wanted to push for the suspension of the MP from the party, which mean his dismissal from Parliament.
Insiders argued that the self-acclaimed financier of the Nana Addo campaign, was becoming disrespectful and uncontrollable, and needed to be disciplined.
However, the suggestion which was tabled by the National Chairman and National Secretary, could not be considered, because the Akufo-Addo Camp over-dwelled on other matters in a deliberate effort not to touch on the issue, as they were not comfortable with the idea to suspend Ken Agyapong.
The Nana Addo camp, according to information to this paper, brushed the issue aside and preferred to concentrate on other matters at the meeting.
Few weeks ago, after a secret audio tape of Mr. Osafo Marfo emerged, Mr. Agyapong, unleashed a vitriolic verbal attack on the NPP for their handling of the leaked tape.
Contributing to a discussion on Accra-based Adom TV, the MP, argued that there was nothing wrong with what Osafo Maafo said, and chastised the NPP for disassociating themselves from the comments of their stalwart.
The firebrand MP, condemned his political party [NPP] and said, they would continue to be in opposition as long as they continue with their “book-long” behaviour.
Noted for being a brash oftentimes in the NPP, speaking in the local language twi, interspersed with English, Mr. Agyapong, described members of the NPP as senseless and “fools.” They are “bogus,” and expressed regret being a member of the party.
He said, because of their “book-long” attitude, “the NPP will stay in opposition forever.”
He expressed disappointment over why Osafo Maafo in a conversation with his own political party people, would be recorded secretly and leaked to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He said, there was no way members of the NDC would go to a meeting and record themselves secretly and leak to their opponent.
“Do you know the things they [NDC] say, the strategies they put in place?”
Why then, would someone from the NPP Council of Elders in the Eastern Region, when they met Osafo Maafo and he was giving them strategy, he would be secretly recorded. He described such a move as senseless.
He recalled that when Nana Akufo-Addo was quoted as being tribalistic with his “Yen Akanfuor” speech, he spoke to NPP members, but someone recorded it and leaked it.
Again he asked, has anybody in the NDC ever recorded any of their meetings and leaked it to the NPP? “I am not sure the NPP is ready to come to power.”
He said issues of hardships and difficulties in the country, have been relegated to the background only for NPP people to be recording themselves secretly and leaking it to the NDC to do propaganda with it and therefore described NPP members as, “idiots, stupid people. I don’t know why I belong to that political party. They are idiots,” he said.
He condemned the party for disassociating itself from Osafo Maafo with regard to the leaked tape and said there was nothing wrong with Mr Osafo Maafo’s comments, especially as he did not insult anybody.
He said, people were proud of their ethnic lineage irrespective of being Ewes, Gas or Northerners. “Why is it that when someone expresses himself of being a proud Akan, people have a problem with that? Are Akans not human too?”
He accused the NDC government of being discriminatory with recruitment into the Police Service, for instance on ethnic grounds and yet no one was talking about it.
Why are we being tribalistic, he questioned.
Mr. Agyapong, said even though he was an Akan, about 80 per cent of workers in his real estate business were from the Volta region, “because they can do the job.” He does not have a problem with anyone, but NPP members should be proud that every political party has a stronghold and that the NDC should not be faulted for having the Volta region as their stronghold.
“I can also confidently say that my stronghold is in the Ashanti region. There is nothing wrong with that but when it happens the party disassociates itself.”
“What did Osafo Maafo say? What is the truth, have you sat down with the man…common sense we don’t have it.”
Mr Agyapong recalled his comment in 2012 where he was accused of inciting Akan’s against Ewes and Gas and was subsequently charged with treason felony, but was later discharged by the court.
He said, the court discharged him because what he said had been “twisted”, but after the court listened to the tape, he was discharged.