They are NPP Worse Enemy
Ex-Presidential Secretary to President John Agyekum Kufuor and his agents, have descended heavily on the National Executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, accusing them of abysmal performance in resolving the perceived factionalism in the party and the lack of foresight in raising funds for the party.
Whilst Kwabena Agyapong himself, on Monday could not understand why the National Executives, were proposing holding 10 Regional Congresses, where those vying for National positions in the party will be voted for, his Campaign Manager, Davis Opoku, asserts that the NPP National Executives are fanning the flames of factionalism in the party.
Mr. Agyapong, who was speaking on Metro TV last Monday, rubbished claims of lack of funds as the basis for organising the ten Regional Congresses on separate days as untenable and suggested to the National Executives of the party to get innovative and raise the needed funds to hold a National
Congress, adding, NPP Members of Parliament (MP) could be levied.
The ex-Presidential Secretary, who is wrestling Mr. Owusu-Afriyie alias “Sir John” for the General Secretary slot, argued that the NPP was a big political party with members, who are financially endowed and can contribute towards having a National Congress, instead of the Regional Congresses.
In his opinion, a National Congress, will get the required media exposure the party needs and serve as a point of attraction for the party.
Besides, a one minute address from any of the contestant, could sway a delegate to his or her side, and could project a candidate most suitable for the job. He again rubbished proposals by the National Executives to use video recordings to address the Regional Delegates at the various Regional
Congresses will not achieve the desired effect.
He said that at a recent National Executives meeting, he pushed forwards these arguments, but he appears to be a lone voice among a lot of dissenting views, but hoped Obetsebi-Lamptey and Owusu Afriyie would reason along with him.
On his part, Davis Opoku, who is also the Director of Operations for the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), averred that grassroots members of the party are fed up with the issue of factionalism, and demonstrated their dislike for it in the voting pattern recorded during the party’s Regional Executive polls.
According to Mr. Opoku, who is also a member of the NPP Communications Team, the party faithful are more interested in winning political power, than in whether one belongs to Alan Kyerematen, Nana Akufo-Addo or Dr. Konadu Apraku faction.
Speaking on Okay FM, Opoku Davis stressed that the National Executives, must admit that the party has lost two elections and should turn their attention to choosing competent people to run its affairs, as against those who are simply allies and a liability to the success of the party.
Without mincing words, he asserted that the fanning of the factionalism is internally generated to create the impression that the party is divided among certain bigwigs in the party. To him, the downfall of NPP is on the heads of some National Executives, citing Sir John as the chief offender, deepening the wounds of the party with his actions and utterances.
“…..those who want the downfall of the party are those fanning this factionalism…..more especially the National Executives who are managing the party do not want the party to progress because instead of trying to resolve the perceived factionalism, they are rather fuelling the problem; they are real enemies of the party. For instance, I don’t understand why a whole chief scribe, General Secretary could come out openly and declare his support for a candidate in the Regional elections as against others? How can a referee officiate a football match and declare his favorite team in the match?” he quizzed.
He called on all members of the party to come out to condemn the actions of some of the National Executives, urging them to come together as a united front to fight for political power in 2016.