By Cecil Mensah
The recuperating General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), who suffered a broken limp in a near fatal accident on the Accra-Kumasi road, days to his party’s National Delegates’ Conference, held in Tamale, the northern regional capital, will need some finesse in order to put his profession as an engineer to steer the affairs of a party in deep crisis, especially putting his boys in check.
Last Friday, ex-National Organizer, Lord Oblitey Commey, virtually charged at Kwabena Agyapong with sharp words advising him to end the “lies”, “absolute nonsense” and “stupidity”, which have been directed at him by an aide of the new NPP General Secretary called, Justice Abeeiku Newton Offei.
An angry Mr. Commey, who spoke on a number of radio stations, including the Accra-based Citi FM, was reacting to publications engineered by Mr. Agyapong’s lieutenant that he had been beaten by bodyguards of Nana Akufo-Addo in the latter’s Nima residence.
Justice Abeeiku Newton Offei , last Tuesday, wrote on his social media; Facebook wall: “What is it that I’m hearing happened to Lord Commey at the gates of Nana Addo’s house recently; may you guys please help me out with the details since I’m currently out of town?
The question, attracted responses from obvious NPP members with some claiming Mr. Commey, who was the Director of Operations of the disbanded Akufo-Addo for 2012 campaign, was beaten by Nana Addo‘s bodyguards and rudely turned away from the ex-NPP Presidential candidate’s house last week.
It was alleged that Nana Addo, was angry that monies meant to bribe NPP delegates during the Tamale Conference was squandered by Mr. Commey, leading to a massive defeat of his preferred candidates, including Fred Oware and Kwadwo Owusu-Afrieyie alias Sir John, who were vying for the National Chairman and General Secretary slots, respectively.
The question from Mr. Agyapong’s aide and the responses he got, portrayed Nana Addo as a violent man, with his thugs readily available to pounce on anyone who is perceived to be his enemy, while Mr. Commey, was portrayed as a swindler, a squanderer and one who could not be trusted.
An allegation Mr Commey has flatly denied.
This is what incensed ex-NPP National Organizer on Citi FM when he spoke to Richard Dela Sky, on the Eyewitness News, Mr. Commey, who admitted his words were hush, suggested he does not deserve the negative things directed at him, after having dutifully served the party from the constituency level to the regional level to national.
Nana Addo, through his Press Secretary, Eugene Arhin, issued a statement to the media, denying the incident happened, thus putting Mr. Commey in a spirited mood to fire salvos on unrestrained and specifically mentioned the NPP General Secretary’s aide, Justice Abeeiku Newton Offei, as the originator of the dirty rumour.
As though the radio interviews were not enough, he followed it with a blazing interview to pro-NPP newspaper, the Daily Guide last Saturday, still with his strong words. He is quoted as saying, “It is a blatant lie cooked by the persons spreading it. It’s absolute nonsense; I mean complete rubbish……”
Meanwhile, checks by The Herald, have established that Justice Abeeiku Newton Offei’s connection to the NPP General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, is not in doubt.
He has unfettered access to Mr. Agyapong, including taking very intimate pictures of him on his sick bed at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, sharing a meal with the NPP National Women’s Organizer, Otiko Afisa-Djaba. He had also hosted pictures of Mr. Agyapong at home, wearing a sling to support his broken left arm.
A visit to his Facebook page, revealed pictures of Mr. Agyapong with a group of people from the Mount Sanai Methodist Church Choir –Kwabenya, Accra led by one Reverend Addo Jr. who had visited him in Anoff Ward of the 37 Military Hospital on Easter Monday.
The pictures of the Women’s Fellowship of Mount Sanai Methodist Church, visiting and praying with Mr. Agyapong in the same hospital on Easter Sunday, were also seen on his page.
The Herald also cited persons such as Charles Takyi-Boadu, a reporter of the pro-NPP Daily Guide and the New Statesman former editor, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, who doubles as an aide, cousin, speechwriter and strategist of Nana Addo, were among those who took issues with the question posed by Justice Abeeiku Newton Offei.
While, the Daily Guide reporter wrote: “A friendly advise to newton-offei justice abeeku, considering ur relations with my good friend and brother kwabena agyepong, who is now the general secretary of ur party, u should and must refrain from provoking internal parties like this that will stoke fire amongst ur ranks cos people could be drawing inferences and linkages. stay out of land mines.”
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko also wrote: “Please check your ‘facts’ privately”, suggesting to Mr. Agyapong’s aide that Facebook, was not the proper place to seek answers to an incident.
But Justice Abeeiku Newton Offei, retorted to Nana Addo’s aide saying, “Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko: i surely did but none of those i contacted could be of help and i really don’t find anything wrong posing this harmless question for those that might have the knowledge to educate me, unless of course, we are now saying it is wrong to seek answers to questions bothering on someone’s mind, on social media”.