..Accused Him of Double Standard
By Cecil Mensah
A group of opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) youth, has taken a swipe at Dr. Kwame Amoako-Tuffour, for taking an entrench position in the search for a formidable flagbearer for the 2016 presidential election and accused him of circulating damning text messages about Nana Akufo-Addo in 2007.
According to the party supporters, under the name NPP Youth for 2016, history is not just the path left by the past, but its influence on the present and can shape the future.
As youth of NPP, who are determined to make 2016 different, they take serious exceptions to Dr. Kwame Amoako Tufour’s biased comments on the party retaining Nana Akufo-Addo as its flagbearer for the third time.
The youth group, posited that reliable sources within the party has pointed out that Amoako Tufour masterminded denigrating text messages about Nana Addo in the run up to the 2007 presidential primary of the party.
The group made this comment in a statement issued and signed by Barima Sarpong and Nana Ama Asantewaa, in reaction to a statement attributed to Dr. Amoako-Tuffour, ex-Executive Director of National School Feeding Programme that “No Nana No Vote”.
The statement said that it was not against Dr. Amoako-Tufour’s choice to support any candidate.
“We are not out to the question the democratic right or the motive of Amoako-Tufour, when he tried to undermine the electoral fortunes of the NPP by tying the fortunes of the party to the success of Nana Addo.
The statement said, Dr. Amoako-Tufour, onetime Campaign Manager for the late Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, when he contested the NPP presidential primary in 2007, publicly given currency to his own dangerously designed malice towards 2016 which comes in his expression as “No Nana No Vote”.
The statement said, “we expect an elderly party stalwart like Dr. Amoako-Tufour to be aware of the sad echo of his words resonating into “no Isaac Osei no vote” “no Apraku no vote” “no Frimpong-Boateng no vote”?
The statement argued that with this mindset, where would the party be moving to as one party with a common goal?
It said, this desperate and needless crusade has surely put the NPP on the path of self-destruction and defeat in 2016.
On Asempa FM, an Accra based radio station, Dr. Amoako-Tuffour, opined that it was Nana Addo’s birthright to be President at all cost.
It questioned whether it ever dawned on Dr. Amoako-Tufour that in 1998, when he supported ex-President John Agyekum Kufour against Nana Addo, that it was Nana Addo’s birthright to be the NPP flagbearer and President of Ghana?
It again questioned why in 2007, Dr. Amoako-Tufour went ahead to support the late Vice-President, Aliu Mahama, again, against Nana Addo.
The NPP youth described Dr. Amoako-Tufour’s show of support for Nana Addo in the media as double standards, adding Dr. Amoako-Tuffour is virtually insulting the intelligence of Ghanaians and making the party unattractive to the floating voters.
According to the group, his choice of words was meant to deepen cracks in the party and “we cannot allow him to destroy this party, which was built on the principle of choice.
It called on party elders and leadership to call Dr Amoako-Tufour to order, and assured the five million men and women of NPP that the youth will take history into its hands and win power come 2016, to shape the destiny of Ghanaians.