Afoko and Agyepong must step down
The NPP is in the news again and for the wrong reasons again this time. This time it is about financial misappropriation in the party. Such issues, when they arise in a political party or an organization, are first tackled within the organization under internal party structures. They are not publicized and are not leaked to the press as is done in the NPP. Once again, not only were the internal party structures ignored, they went to the police.
It is a little more than a year to the general elections and what most political parties in Ghana are doing now is to put things in place to ready themselves for the event in early December 2016. They all have internal party issues but they do not supersede issues that move the party forward, neither do party officials leak party secrets to the press. In the case of the NPP the party’s top administrators, Chairman Paul Afoko and General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong are the guilty parties unfortunately. They run to the press at the slightest whim. This time they used a party apparatchik, Baah Acheamfuor, who once worked at the office of Jake Obetsebi Lamptey to lodge a complaint of financial impropriety to the police.
A sensation-hungry but lazy media find a plaything that could go for a number of weeks and several talk shows. Meanwhile not one of such so-called FM talk shows decides to investigate independently for the truth but would rather resort to seeking opinions from party members and non-party members alike. The whole exercise appears to have one objective in view: to reduce the NPP’s chances at the next general elections.
Meanwhile, both Blay and Yeboah have denied any such impropriety while an investigating committee has been set up to look into the allegations. What went wrong with the party’s structures that Kwabena Agyepong always refers to in times like this? Why did he not advise against the course of action taken to involve the police in the matter? What are the motives?
The activities of Afoko and Agyepong lend credence to suspicions of their plans to frustrate the chances of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo in 2016. Their several instances of actions and inactions directed at undermining the flag bearer’s fortunes in 2016 question their sincerity as managers of the nation’s biggest opposition party. Is Mr. Baah Achamfuor working with Messrs. Afoko and Agyepong and are they all hired guns for the party’s enemies?
Paul Afoko should step down first because of his brother’s involvement with the death of Upper East party Chairman Mahama Adams and then his pronouncements that Nana would fail if he doesn’t include him (Afoko) and some among his ilk in the election campaign team On Nana’s part we suggest he ignores Afoko and his cabal for fear of backstabbing during the campaigns.
On his part, Agyepong appears too officious for the party’s good. He is too quick to resort to his constitutional mandate as general secretary always bringing into focus cracks in the party.
We do not understand the hard line against Nana Addo becoming a president in 2016. He won by a wide margin of over 94 percent of NPP delegates. This means that his detractors are in the minority. Politics, they say, is a numbers game and so what the 6 percent has to understand is that strongly against their wishes Nana Addo is the flag bearer of the party. If they forget that their fortunes are with the NPP as against the NDC then they must be politically naïve if not stupid. They stand to gain very little from their wicked ways and must step forward to support the call for Nana Addo in 2016 by Ghanaians or resign as party members. The best course of action left for Afoko and Agyepong is to step down for the party to move forward.