Akufo Addo’s Daily Walk To Defeat |Too big to beg Afoko
Information picked up by thecitizensghana.com indicates that about a week ago, the Ken Ofori-Atta, the campaign fund manager of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and a close cousin to the party’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo, attempted to make overtures at the party’s suspended National Chairman Paul Afoko.
Mr. Ofori-Atta is said to have led a team to former President John Agyekum Kufour to appeal to him to mediate the impasse between Paul Afoko and Nana Akufo Addo and discourage him from the legal case he is pursuing against the Akufo-Addo led NPP for what he described as an unfair suspension.
It is not exactly clear why this move is being mooted currently, but there are speculations within the main opposition party that the party’s leadership have realized that they needed all hands on board to be able to win the December 2016 general elections.
There are also speculations that the party is under intense pressure from different groups within the party for the party leadership currently composed mainly of Akufo Addo loyalists, to bury the difference they have with Paul Afoko.
Some few months ago, a youth group within the NPP calling itself the National Confederacy of NPP Youth begun a campaign aimed at pressuring the leadership of the party to reinstate the executives whom they believe were unfairly ousted.
Paul Afoko, alongside two other top executives of the NPP, namely Kwabena Agyapong and Sammy Crabbe; General Secretary and Second Vice Chairman of the party respectively, were several months ago axed from their positions over claims that they were secretly working to scuttle the presidential ambition of Akufo Addo.
Paul Afoko who was not happy with the way things turned out dragged the party to court protesting what he termed an unfair suspension slapped on him. An Accra Human Rights Court ruled against Paul Afoko, but Mr. Afoko has proceeded to appeal the ruling in a higher court.
The impasse is said to have disenchanted the party’s teeming support base which are divided along the Paul Afoko and Akufo Addo camps.
Aides to Paul Afoko claim, Akufo Addo was personally responsible for manipulating events that led to his suspension. According to reliable party sources, ex-President Kufour is said to have advised that Akufo Addo himself should approach Paul Afoko to smoke the proverbial peace pipe.
This paper gathered that later (On Monday, September 19, 2016. Akufo Addo met ex-President Kufour and among the issues discussed was how to get Paul Afoko and the other estranged party executives back into the campaign fold. Ex-President Kufour is said to have persuaded Akufo Addo to make a move towards Paul Afoko; a suggestion that Akufo Addo said he was going to think about.
However, by the close of last week, he is yet to make any move in line with Mr. Kufour’s suggestions, this paper gathered. This has further fueled fears that Akufo Addo was still nursing an alleged hate for the trio.
Paul Afoko, Kwabena Agyepong and Sammy Crabbe were all suspended by
the NPP’s NEC last year for what the Akufo Addo-controlled party leadership claimed to be acts of misconduct .
However, party sources say the real reason for the suspensions was because these three party executives were perceived to be opposed to the leadership style of the party flagbearer, Akufo Addo who has been described as a vindictive dictator.
Akufo-Addo is said to have had a face-off with the trio who refused to give him and his loyalists an unbridled liberty to dissipate party funds. Already, party funds were being ghosted through secret accounts with the help of the NPP’s National Treasurer, Abankwa Yeboah and the current Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay.