Kufuor must save NPP now – Sam Okudzeto

Mr Sam Okudzato

Mr Sam Okudzato

An elder of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sam Okudzeto, has pleaded with former President John Agyekum Kufuor to urgently intervene in the current crisis bedeviling the party before it gets into the abyss.

“He must step in to get the parties together, get the factions together and calm them down,” Mr. Okudzeto said.

“There is need for peace and sobriety to prevail”, he pleaded.

According to him the problem plaguing the NPP is that; “everybody seems to be so clever and so smart and everybody is talking and to me it is a destructive force that is at work and I think it is time for cool headedness.”

The opposition party has been in turmoil since the death of its Upper East Regional Chairman, Alhaji Adams Mahama.

Mr. Mahama was “doused” with acid by some unknown assailants last Wednesday night, whiles returning home from work.

He died next day at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital and was buried Saturday in accordance with his Islamic tradition.

Alhaji Mahama’s death has deepened confusion in the party with a section of the members perceived to be in the camp of the flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo demanding that the national chairman, Paul Afoko and general secretary, Kwabena should resign or be impeached.

However, Mr. Afoko and Mr. Agyepong have been condemned their action and instead accused them of undermining the party’s chances of winning next year’s elections.

A brother of the national chairman, Gregory Afoko, is standing trial for his alleged involvement in the acid attack on the late regional chairman.

Whilst the two leaders have not been directly linked to the incident, the regional caucuses of the party claimed Mr. Afoko and Mr. Agyepong have consistently created disharmony in the party since they assumed office last April.

Their critics had alleged that the duo were engineering the defeat of Nana Akufo-Addo, in the 2016 general elections to pave way for them to present their preferred candidate in the 2020 polls.

Seven regional caucuses have unanimously passed resolutions appealing to the National Council, the National Executive Committee and the National Council of Elders to prevail on the two national leaders to resign in the interest of the party or face impeachment.

On Tuesday, Mr. Agyepong vowed not to quit and accused the various regional caucuses who had passed solutions calling for their resignation, of carrying out acts of illegality.

This was after a letter authored on the NPP’s letterhead went viral that Mr. Agyepong had offered his resignation, an assertion he categorically denied and blamed it on “some unseen hands” in the party.

However Mr Okudzeto said the embattled general secretary should exercise restraint and avoid further comments.

“I think there is too much excitement going on and people are losing their heads; what we need now is calm and cool heads, so that things can be sorted out.”

He added, “storms do come but when a storm comes, the important thing for us to appreciate is that we need to calm the waters otherwise people can get drowned very easily; in fact many can get drowned in the process and the party can destroy itself.”.

The legal luminary said he would have preferred a dialogue to get the two leaders to step down, instead of the public petitions that have been issued.


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