The outspoken member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Arthur Kobina Kennedy, have advised the party’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to honour his pledge of uniting factions in the NPP with genuine reconciliation.
He said it is only when the flagbearer accepts that there was deep-seated divisions in the party and reaches out to all sides with an open heart that true unity would prevail.
As a first step, Dr. Kennedy suggested to Nana Akufo-Addo to apologise to former President John Agyekum Kufuor and his associates, who have been accused of unimaginable crimes by allies of the flagbearer.
Dr. Kennedy, who was once a presidential aspirant of the NPP further urged the flagbearer to denounce and dissociate himself from the pending impeachment of the party’s National Chairman, Paul Akofo.
“He must reach out in genuine friendship to the National Chairman and General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong,” he said in a statement to the media on Tuesday.
The NPP flagbearer, on Sunday pledged at the Mount Zion Methodist Church at Sakumono, to unite the hierarchy of his party who have been on each other’s throat and resorted to the use of intemperate language in the media over one year now.
“Whatever I can do to ensure that the NPP is united and all these internal happenings come to an end, I will do it,” Nana Akufo-Addo said.
Dr. Kennedy noted that the flagbearer’s pledge and the implied admission that there is division in the NPP was significant, he should “tame the loose talkers who are destroying his chances daily with gratuitous insults of those whose only crime was that they desire the success of the NPP and its flagbearer, but are not sycophants.”
“For over one year now, I and others have been vilified viciously by allies of the flag-bearer for suggesting that there was division in the NPP. Those who insisted on seeing no evil, hearing no evil and speaking no evil insisted that there could be no divisions when the flag-bearer won 94 per cent of the votes at the primary.”
He condemned the use of guns and cutlasses and the attempted lynching of party leaders who were out of favour at the party’s head office, including “insults, the impeachment drive and maybe the pouring of acid, all in a party supposedly at peace and ready for government”.
According to him, while the Nana Akufo-Addo pledge may have come a bit late, if followed by sustained action, it might restore the chances of the NPP in the 2016 elections.
“Nana Akufo-Addo should be commended for acknowledging the obvious.
When and if Nana reaches out and does these things, I urge all who may have been wronged or have grudges to respond with generosity and love, not just for the sake of the NPP but for the sake of Ghana,” Dr. Kennedy noted.
“In all this, let us be guided by Isaiah 1:18 “Come; let us reason together,” he added.