As Akufo-Addo –Alan Cash Rivalry Gets Dirtier
The long-standing rivalry, between the 2012 flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo and his main contender, former Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyeremanten, is getting murkier days to the party’s Super Delegates Congress. But what is worrying is their inability to control their overzealous supporters, while seeking to lead Ghana, if possible.
Two leading supporters of the two presidential hopefuls, Hopeson Adorye of the Crusaders for Nana Akufo-Addo (CONAA) on Monday invoked the dreaded Ashanti river deity, Antoa Nyamaa on Okatakyie Kwame Opoku Agyemang, who is in-charge of the Get Alan Kyerematen Elected (GAKE), for impersonating him.
A tape recording in possession of “The Herald”, reveals a hot exchange between the two diehard supporters on rebranded Top FM in Accra, where Mr. Adorye, was heard on the station’s afternoon news programme, “Ene Ghana”, daring Mr. Agyemang, to invoke the dreaded Antoa Nyamaa deity to exonerate himself, if he wasn’t the one behind the publications in the media against Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to Hopeson, at least three articles have been written in his name attacking Nana Addo, and he suspects Mr. Agyemang to be behind those derogatory publications.
Without any prove, Hopeson dared Mr. Agyemang to swear by the Antoa Nyamaa deity to exonerate himself, if indeed, he was not the person behind the three articles.
Okaytakyie, who was also on another line, challenged his accuser, Hopeson to swear by the deity’s in his home region – Volta Region- instead of using others from other regions.
He revealed that just like he; Hopeson, there have been several articles written in his name, but he never called anyone to swear by any deity to exonerate himself.
According to Mr. Agyemang, when the time came for him to defend himself, he did so by calling on deities from his hometown, to deal with him, if he knew what he was being accused of.
“My brother, there are many rivers in Hopeson’s hometown, why does he want people to use Antoa? Me, there have been those things with my name, but I came out to deny on your radio. All that I did to exonerate myself was to use the deity to distance myself from the article, so if Hopeson, knows he is not the one, but have been impersonated, why does he want me to use the deity to exonerate myself. I should use the deity for what reason?” he questioned.
In a reaction, Hopeson who is on record to have boasted after slapping a National Democratic Congress (NDC) activist during a radio discussion in Kumasi, said he knew nothing about the articles.
He cursed those behind the articles with powerful river deities such as, Antoa, Brim, Volta River and all other dreaded deities in Ghana to torment anyone who is responsible for the articles.
“Me Hopeson Yawvi Adorye, I stand here holding water saying that anyone in Ghana, who has a hand in those articles but used my name, from today the Antoa, rivers from my hometown, Volta river, and all other rivers in Ghana, including the Brim River, should start tormenting that person. If I am the one that wrote them, the rivers should start tormenting me. Whoever wrote should also be tormented by all the rivers in Ghana”.
As the two presidential hopefuls lace their boots to contest the NPP flagbearer race, one of the questions being asked is, how they can in the near future unite the entire country and if possible call people in their government to order, should they win general election to lead the country.
Some political watchers, have described the NPP as a fractured party, and whoever leads it into the 2016 election, will require a lot of tactfulness to win the Presidency.