A member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Arthur Kobina Kennedy, has told the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako Jnr. to stop dabbling in trivialities and tackle very serious issues, raised against the 2016 presidential candidate of the party, Nana Akufo-Addo, by the suspended National Chairman, Paul Afoko.
Dr. Kennedy, onetime director of communication of the NPP argues that, Mr. Baako, instead of dwelling on trivialities, such as Mr. Afoko’s presence and interactions with the training of party activists by the Serbians as mentioned in the Africa Watch magazine interview granted by Mr. Afoko, and tackle matters bothering on Nana Addo’s integrity, particularly so, when he had claimed his integrity can’t be questioned.
The medical doctors said, it was surprising to learn that after the interview by the popular magazine, Mr. Baako, will go all out on issues surrounding the bringing into the country of some Serbians and their alleged training of NPP members, when very important issues were raised which deserved much attention.
“After reviewing the entire interview, I am surprised that the seasoned Kweku Baako, has chosen to engage Afoko, only on the Serbians and their
alleged training of NPP members”.
Since the publication of the interview, Mr. Baako, is on record defending the NPP both on air and also in his paper, saying Mr. Afoko, was present at the meeting with the Serbians, contrary to the picture the suspended chairman painted in the magazine.
But with Nana Addo, describing himself as “incorruptible” among his competitors, Dr. Kennedy said, allegation that the three- time presidential candidate, was present at an illegal meeting that authorized acting national chairman, Freddy Blay and national treasurer, Abankwa Yeboah, to reactivate the dormant NPP account from which unjustified expenditure were later made, must be effectively substantiated.
He believed that, the allegation directly contradicts Nana Addo’s claim that, he is not corrupt or has never been corrupt and will never be corrupt and so should be elected into the highest office of the land.
“While I have no degree in communication, it appears that Paul raised other issues that should concern Nana Addo, Kweku and other members of his team, more than the Serbians training. These other issues go to the credibility and temperament of Nana Addo, rather than Paul Afoko was present at the illegal meeting that illegally authorized Blay and Abankwa to reactivate the dormant NPP account from which unjustified expenditures were later made”, he said.
According to Dr. Kennedy, while the John Dramani Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) are found wanting on corruption charges, he believed “those who seek equity must have clean hands. Nana must be absolved of this charge to be credible on the corruption/integrity front”.
Dr. Kennedy, said on allegation by Mr. Afoko that there were series of interventions aimed at reconciling Nana Addo and the suspended chairman, the last of which was by the Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II, “it was important for party supporters and even floating voters to know, first of [all] what efforts the NPP flag-bearer put into uniting his party and whether he disrespected the Asantehene in his conduct.
This goes to the flagbearer’s credibility as a unifier.” To him if voters doubt the ability of Nana Addo to unite just a political party, “it would be hard to persuade the country that he can unite as president”.
The seasoned lecturer, who is domiciled in the United States of America (USA), but constantly stating his views on events on the political landscape in Ghana, still refers to Mr. Afoko as the “NPP chair”.
According to him, claims by the embattled national chairman that right from before his election in Tamale in the Northern Region, was an orchestrated attempt to nullify his mandate.
“We need to know that the foremost attorney of his generation is, in fact, a constitutionalist, who will follow our constitution if elected. In my judgment, these issues that go to the credibility of Nana are the most important”, he concluded.