Recent developments in Ghana’s leading opposition party New Patriotic Party (N.P.P) have been causing consternation among party aficionados and apparatchiks. While some point to the strains they believe can be attributed to the impending election of the party’s flagbearer, there are others who are concerned about the party’s wellbeing.
A report on Monday on Breeze 90.9 FM’s Sinipi programme indicated that some members of the N.P.P had stormed the party’s headquarters and attacked the personal assistant of General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong. There have also been reports of attacks on supporters of presidential hopeful Alan Kyeremanteng by people believed to be supporters of the leading candidate for the flagbearership of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
Meanwhile the former General Secretary Ohene Ntow speaking on the same show on Breeze 90.9 FM called for the disciplinary institutions of the party to be allowed to work. He wondered why some members could be disciplined for certain actions while others were not.
Earlier on Monday morning on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, the M.P for Tema East, Titus Glover challenged the party’s General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong on recent directives he had issued vis-a-vis the appointment of the deputy directors of communication for the party and the leave order given to the party’s Deputy Communications Director Perry Okudzeto.
Mr Glover was of the view that Mr Agyapong’s actions are meant to give Alan Kyeremanteng an advantage in the party’s flagbearer race.
CALL FOR CALM
Former M.P for Okaikoi South Nana Akomea has meanwhile called for restraint in the party and advised the national executives to focus on conducting a successful and incident free election of the party’s flag bearer for the 2016 elections.
He suggested that the executives should be mindful of their actions and avoid actions that would imperil the party’s fortunes in the 2016 elections. Speaking on an Accra based radio station, Asempa FM on Monday, Nana Akomea echoed the view that Kwabena Agyapong had jumped the gun in dismissing Perry Okudzeto and appointing the deputy directors of communications.
The N.P.P is gearing up for its flagbearer contest on Saturday October 18 with six ex Ministers in ex-President Kuffour’s administration among the seven contenders vying for the leadership of the top job.
The seven are Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo the 2012 flagbearer and former Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Foreign Minister; Alan Kyeremanteng, former Presidential Special Initiatives Minister; Joe Ghartey, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice; Stephen Asamoah Boateng, Information Minister; Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku former Minister of Trade and Industries; former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Kofi Osei Ameyaw and the M.P for Mampong Francis Addai-Nimo.
Prior to the October 18 election of the flagbearer, a special delegates congress will shortlist five out of the seven aspirants on August 31, 2014.