He is not known to hold any executive position in the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), but when he speaks, all gets to work, making the former Executive Director of pro-NPP think tank, Danquah Institute (DI), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, look like a very powerful man in the NPP.
Barely a week after accusing the NPP, especially the Minority in Parliament, led by Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, of sleeping on the job, the man known as “Koforidua Rasta”, when he kept dreadlocks, has gotten them to act.
The legislators last Wednesday, totally abandoned their place of work and hurriedly joined a pro-NPP organized “Match Rally” dubbed, “Aagbe wo demonstration” organize by the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), accusing President John Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of corruption.
According to information coming from the August House, “Business of the Day”, had to come to abrupt end, because the 123 Members of Parliament (MP) belonging to the Minority side, refused to show up in Parliament having joined in the demonstration, which was described by the Police as “poorly” organized and also seen by many as lawless.
Some of the MPs that participated in the demonstration were: Minority Leader; Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, MP for Ablekuma South; Ursula Owusu Ekufful, Tema West and Central MPs; Naa Torshie Addo and Kofi Brako.
Others were, Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul, MP for Atwima Mponoa; Isaac Asiamah, MP for Tafo, Akoto Osei, Dan Botwe MP for Okere, MP for Tarkwa-Nsuean, Gifty Eugenia Kusi, Joseph Appiah MP for Ablekuma North.
The rests who were also lashed out by acid-tongued Gabby, but participated in the demonstration were, NPP Chairman; Paul Afoko, General Secretary; Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, and Samuel Awuku, who is the party’s Youth Organizer.
Though it is agreed that it was the right of every Ghanaian to demonstrate, some people were overwhelmed at the alacrity with which the MPs rushed to convince Mr. Otchere-Darko, a cousin of Nana Akufo-Addo, that they are indeed, not compromised or “irresponsible”, but are working to put government on it toes.
Mr. Otchere-Darko, sat on Accra-based Oman FM, to chastise the NPP men and women described as “honourables” for looking on unconcerned, while the government engaged in “Nonsense” without being checked by the Minority.
He was worried that the job which is supposed to be done by Minority, is being done by some so-called civil society groups such as IMANI-Ghana
The journalist turned lawyer, who said the Minority was showing the “height of opposition irresponsibility” spoke on a number of issues, including the unending battle between government and some 12 workers union, over the employer’s refusal to allow them manage their own pension funds.
His comment about the Minority MPs, did not go down well with the likes of the Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul, who called into the programme and expressed his anger at the host of “Point Blank” Kwabena Kwakye for allowing his guest to speak evil of the legislators.
Disputing his accuser’s claim, Mr. Nitiwul regretted his action adding, Mr. Otchere-Darko is denting his uncle’s political fortunes, by lumping every one of them and tagging them as good for nothing MPs.
As if the MP for the people of Bimbila’s intervention was not enough, the following day, a former chief scribe, Dan Botwe, on the same station but on it morning show, National Agenda, in his bit to demonstrate to Mr. Otchere-Darko that they were indeed working, argued that the fact that the party was not heard loud on the airwaves, did not mean that they have been idling about.
He exposed a long held suspicion by some people that it was the largest opposition that was behind almost all the demonstrations and strike actions, as well as the many press conferences that have been held across the country.
The MP for Okere told the former Rastafarian that “There is no single issue we have not done through press-conferences to declare our stance; we have boycotted issues on the floor of Parliament …..Was it not the same Minority NPP MPs that showed red cards when he [late President Mills] came to Parliament”.