Minority MPs Divided Over Afoko & Agyapong

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Many Angry At Kyei-Mensah Bonsu Sacking Order

Outgoing Member of Parliament (MP) for Kade in the Eastern Region, Ofosu Asamoah, has criticized the minority over its call for the National Chairman, Paul Afoko, and General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, to step aside.

It came ahead of a near bloodbath at the Asylum Down headquarters of the NPP, between Some supporters of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) National Chairman, and a group of thugs, who support Nana Akufo-Addo called ,“Invisible Forces”, yesterday clashed resulted in some injuries.

The Minority Leader, had on Tuesday, issued a statement calling for the two to step aside citing several reasons, including the death of the Upper East Chairman, Adam Mahama.

But The Herald is informed that most MPs on the Minority side are not happy about the letter authored by the Minority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu, who was said to be kowtowing to Nana Addo now to help intervene on his behalf over his impending defeat. After three terms in Parliament, he wants a help to keep his Suame MP job.

Insiders told the paper that, there was no consensus on the statement, hence some of the MPs were shocked to hear that their leader, had issued a statement on the crisis, obviously taking sides with the Akufo-Addo camp.

Two MPs namely; Dr. Winfred Anane and Collins Owusu Amankwah, MPs for Nhyiaeso and Manhyia North, respectively, are said not to be happy about the letter issued by the Minority Leader.

Indeed, the eloquent Lawyer, Henry Kwabena Kokofu, MP for Bantama Constituency in the Ashanti Region, several times refused to speak to the issue yesterday on Peace FM when the matter came up for discussion. He referred the host of the Kokrokoo Morning Show to the minority leadership, when he was pressed to express an opinion on the issue.

Several other MPs from the three northern regions in particular, have also expressed their disquiet about the maltreatment being meted to their northern brother, Paul Afoko. Dominic Nitiwul, the Deputy Minority Leader, appears to be the only dissenting personality amongst them.

He was the first MP to have called the resignation of his General Secretary and National Chairman, following the death of Adams Mahama.

The Kade MP, who is also a lawyer, share the view, that the Minority caucus in Parliament, should not have issued the statement calling for their exit, but rather sought to advise the two to step aside to calm tensions within the party.

“What does our Constitution say in terms of removal? Even if we want to persuade them that due to what is happening, they should step aside, we in the Parliamentary caucus could have a meeting with them, either the leadership or the whole caucus. You are supposed to advise. You don’t issue statements.” Ofosu Asamoah told Citi News in an interview.

He advised the members of the party to pursue the matter in accordance with the party’s constitution or risk harming the party’s chances in the elections.

“We are talking about rule of law, or do we only practice it when we come to power and not when we are preparing for power? Is that what we are saying.? At the end of the day, the party will lose and that is our problem,” he said.

Ofosu Asamoah, also chastised members of the party, who have made various allegations concerning the death of Adam Mahama in the media.

He argued that there was no basis for the accusations being hurled at Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong, given that the Police, had not concluded their investigations into the death of the NPP Chairman.

“I think the immediate cause, although there may be some other remote causes, of the calls for the removal of Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong is the death of the Upper East regional Chairman and the police are investigating. Unfortunately I am not aware of party members who are speaking on the radio and TV, saying all sorts of things, volunteering information to the Police. Yet party members seem to know or identify those who killed him and those who are behind. That is causing all these troubles,” he said.

“[People are] trying to link the Chairman and the General Secretary just because they happened to have been chased out of the region a few days before the murder. The police have not invited them, the party has not set up any investigative committee to look into it and yet there calls for them to step aside.” Ofosu Asamoah added.

Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong’s term in office, has been fraught with several controversies, culminating in the death of the Chairman,

There have been suggestions from within the NPP that the party’s troubles, started when the two were elected into office and their continued stay would only make things worse. There have also been reports of a strained relationship between the pair and the Presidential Candidate of the party, Nana Akufo Addo.

Several media organisations on Tuesday, reported that Kwabena Agyepong, had resigned from his position as General Secretary after a letter signed in his name and bearing the letterhead of the NPP, was circulated to the media. However, Mr. Agyepong, rejected the claims and insisted that he intended to see out his mandate in office, describing the false announcement of his resignation as desperate.

On the clash at the party headquarters, the Afoko supporters numbering over 20, stormed the party’s headquarters around 12pm on Thursday to protest against attempts to remove the National Chairman.

The Afoko supporters came to the head office chanting and singing songs in support of Paul Afoko, saying he must remain the chairman of the party.

But unknown to them, the Invisible Forces at the headquarters, who were armed with clubs, stones and horse whips chased them away.

What was described as “…a brief commotion” led to two persons been injured during the scuffle.
Some 15 police officers, later came to the headquarters to maintain law and order. There were no national executives present during the incident.

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