Nana Addo’s “Kitchen Cabinet” Ready To Chase Out Afoko & Kwabena
Information from within the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is that all is set for a head-on collision, between party leadership, led by Paul Awentami Afoko and Nana Akufo-Addo’s men.
Nana Addo’s men, had been strategically positioned at the party headquarters working for him, but the party leadership feel this is not right, since it puts the neutrality of the national executives in the upcoming flagbearaship election in doubt.
However, some members of the 2012 NPP flagbearer’s “Kitchen Cabinet”, who feel threatened by the move of the new leadership, has started running to media houses threatening fire and brimstone, while accusing Mr. Afoko and his men of divisiveness.
The Herald is also informed that the group is also planning a massive demonstration against Mr. Afoko and the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong.
They intend busing supporters to Asylum Down headquarters of the NPP and attempt preventing Afoko and Mr. Agyepong from getting into their offices soon.
Last Sunday, a meeting to plan the attack was held somewhere in Accra with a lot of Nana Addo’s men in attendance.
Nana Akufo-Addo, has himself vowed to resist attempts by the new executives to re-constitute the committees of the party.
This same group, had earlier orchestrated attempts to scatter the election of Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong as national chairman and General secretary respectively, calling them names including “narcotic drug dealer” and “arrogant” respectively.
They are now, however, poised to re-ignite a dirty campaign to render them ineffective, making Nana Addo and his men call the shots, as has been happening since 2008 when he first became the presidential candidate of the party.
According to our information, Mr. Afoko’s administration is bent on reshuffling the committees of the party as is usually done, when new executive come into office.
The essence of reconstituting the committees is to bring onboard fresh brains, who would help him and the new executives implement his New Plan for Power; a message which resonated very well amongst the delegates, hence his election as NPP national chairman in Tamale.
But the intension of the Afoko administration to re-constitute the Committees, has been perceived by the Nana Addo’s camp as an attempt to flush-out perceived Nana Addo faithful and cut his influence in the NPP.
Subsequently, they have vowed to use all means, including demonstration to thwart the effort of the chairman from reshuffling the party’s committees, fearing having Nana Addo for the third time as flagbearer could be difficult.
As a result, they are likely to hit the street this week as starters to indicate that they mean real business.
A typical example is the refusal of Opare Hammond, former MP for Adentan, a perceived Nana Addo adherent who was appointed by ex-National Chairman, Jake Obetsibi Lamptey as Director of Finance, to leave office, after Mr. Afoko has replaced him with Edward Tetteh.
Opare Hammond, is quoted as saying that the style Mr. Afoko and Mr. Agyapong are using to get him off his post was unprecedented in NPP.
On Monday, sacked Director of Finance and Administration of the party, Opare Hammond, vowed not to leave office despite a directive from the party leadership for him to do so and hand over to one Edward Tetteh.
Mr. Hammond claims party Chairman, Paul Afoko, and General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, are over stepping their powers and argued that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) has the power to remove him.
“No concrete reason has been assigned to me by them (Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong) why they called me into the office…to just tell me that they have come to the end of the road with me” said Mr Hammond.
He said he finds it difficult to believe that the two executives who campaigned “on the note of bringing us together, uniting us; on the note of using party structures [in taking decisions]…will do such a thing”.
Mr. Hammond says the style Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong are using to get him off his post is unprecedented.
“In the history of our party, this is the first time…that the [new] leaders in taking office are trying to sack national directors who are more or less just civil servants at the secretariat of the party”, he lamented.
On the same day, a youth group of the party paid an unannounced visit to the party headquarters to reassure the newly elected National Executives of their total support in the performance of their duties.
In a charged atmosphere, the spokesperson, Achibald Cobbina, urged the national officers to be encouraged by the total endorsement given them in Tamale and to pursue a program that would ensure that the NPP recapture power in the 2016 general elections.
Cobbina who is also the Greater Accra Youth Organizer also charged the executives to work assiduously to ensure unity in the party for a formidable front in 2016.
The youth group was welcomed by National Chairman, Paul Afoko, General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, second Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe and the National Treasurer, Abankwa Yeboah.
On behalf of the Steering Committee, Kwabena Agyepong thanked the youth for their dedication and sacrifices to the party and assured them of their readiness to work for unity.