Kwabena Agyapong vows to confront detractors

DSC_0057The General Secretary of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, has served notice he will soon confront his detractors in the national executive body of the party.

According to him, the simmering tension in the party was part of a grand scheme by some national executives to undermine his authority and the National Chairman, Paul Afoko.

“I have kept quiet for a long time and I am getting tired,” Mr. Agyepong explained in an interview on Thursday.

“If this is how they want things to go, then I will soon begin to expose how things really are in the party; they have pushed me to the wall,” he stressed.

“I know there are plans by some people just to destroy me and my future in politics and I am prepared to confront them squarely henceforth,” the former stated.

The Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition (NPP) has been engrossed in confusion lately after some national executives led by the First National Vice Chairman, Freddie Blay, superintended over a steering committee meeting without the knowledge of the General Secretary and National Chairman.

In another development, Mr. Agyepong has defended his decision to give waiver letters to some parliamentary aspirants contesting the party’s upcoming primaries.

According to him, the practice was normal and had been used in the party since it was formed.

The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, Ishmael Ashitey, on Tuesday questioned the criterion used to issue the waiver letters by Mr. Agyapong that directed that three parliamentary aspirants pay GH¢ 15,000 instead of the required GH¢ 30,000.

The executives argued that the practice is alien to the party and its constitution.

But speaking to Okay FM yesterday, the General Secretary accused the Greater Accra Chairman of being hypocritical.

“Waivers have always been used in our party. Past general secretaries have used it before; I am not the first person to be using it,” he stressed.

“I recall that it was used for Deputy Minority Leader Dominic Nitiwul when he crossed-carpet from the PNC to the NPP, even when we were in government.”

“As a party, we must be flexible in order to attract new voters to our fold because we need them to win power,” he stated.

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