‘Arthur K. Wants To Destroy Nana Akufo-Addo’

hamidThe former Communications Director of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Dr. Arthur Kobina Kennedy is on a mission to destroy two-time flagbearer of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

This is the charge of Mustapha Hamid, aide to Nana Akufo-Addo.

Mr Hamid believes there could not be any other justification for the persistent campaign of vilification being waged by Dr. Kennedy,  to malign the two-time flagbearer, who is seeing a third-term bid, for the NPP.

Barely three days after Nana Akufo-Addo secured the emphatic endorsement from more than 80 per cent of the party’s special delegates, Arthur K. issued a statement describing as subversive, calls on the three other aspirants – Alan Kyerematen, Francis Addai-Nimoh and Osei Ameyaw who obtained negligible figures at the polls, to withdraw from the race.

A fourth candidate, Joe Ghartey has already withdrawn from the October 18 National Delegates Congress.

He also questioned Nana Akufo-Addo’s credentials as a unifying and peace-loving leader.

“To win, if he (Akufo-Addo) becomes the nominee, he needs a united party that has dealt with corruption and violence and intimidation, behind him.  To get there, he has huge mountains to climb,” he wrote.

He said, “Ghanaians would quite properly wonder whether a leader who is not inclusive in his party and will not forthrightly condemn violence or talk of it in his party, can unite Ghana and guarantee the peace, as President.”

Reacting to the comments, Mustapha Hamid said Dr. Kennedy’s questions about inclusiveness were at best, curious and at worst, contradictory.

He said for a man who challenged Nana Akufo-Addo for the flagbearership of the NPP in 2007 and later became Communications Director of the party’s campaign and was part of Nana Akufo-Addo’s inner circle to  complain of inclusiveness, it could only raise questions about the genuine intentions of the complainant.

According to Mustapha, even after the 2008 general election, Nana Akufo-Addo still involved the medical-doctor-turned-politician in his 2010 flagbearer contest, until he (Arthur Kennedy) opted to leave the country.

“If Nana Addo-Addo was non-inclusive, he wouldn’t have included Dr. Kennedy, not just in his campaign, but continued to trust and make him his confidante even after the election, until he decided to break off for whatever reason and become Nana’s major critic in this country,” he stated.

How can Dr. Kennedy accuse the flagbearer-aspirant of being non-inclusive? he questioned.

Responding to Dr Kennedy’s point about the need for Nana Akufo-Addo to prove he has a party that has dealt with corruption, Mr. Hamid said the aspirant’s anti-corruption credentials were not in doubt.

“We are all human beings, and may have our deficiencies but Nana Akufo-Addo’s deficiencies do not include corruption,  violence and  exclusion,” he noted.

Mr. Hamid catalogued the actions of his boss, which indicated he remains unblemished when it comes to corruption.

“As Attorney-General and later Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nana Akufo-Addo, he said, “never drew one litre of fuel from government. he paid for his own security, never lived in a government bungalow, paid extra from his own pocket  to sleep in hotels when he went abroad, saying these are public records at the Ministries where Nana Addo served as Minister”.

Mr. Hamid said even Mr. Akufo-Addo’s political foe, the NDC, “has never been able to raise an issue of corruption against him; Arthur Kennedy is the one to say so? Where is his evidence?”

He said the time has come for followers of the NPP to agree collectively that Dr. Kennedy has an agenda to destroy the favourite to win the NPP’s flagbearer vote for the 2016 general election.

However Dr. Kennedy has refuted the claims, saying he has no such intentions.

He insisted his involvement in Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign was only a token inclusion.

Many others, he argued, were sidelined by the then NPP’s presidential candidate, including then national organiser Muktar Bamba, and the women’s organiser, Otiko Djaba.

He maintained he was only interested in seeing the NPP properly positioned to win the next election. Myjoyonline

 

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