Kwabena Agyepong stokes fire….‘I have been sidelined’

In an attempt to answer questions about the recent confusion that has rocked the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the party’s General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, has rather stoked more fire pointing accusing fingers at the flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other executives, alleging he has been sidelined in the ongoing “Rise and Build” tour.

The flagbearer began the tour last week in the Volta Region to solicit votes for the NPP towards next year’s general elections.

But Mr. Agyepong said he was not granted the least courtesy and respect as a Chief Executive of the party, as he has, on several occasions, been kept in the dark on issues relating to official activities of the flagbearer.

He said although he had, earlier, discussed the arrangements of the tour with the flagbearer of the party no date was fixed and that he only knew that Nana Akufo-Addo had hit the ground running via the internet.

Mr. Agyepong in an interview yesterday, revealed that during his discussions with Nana Akufo-Addo, he even suggested to him that the team should spend at least two weeks in the regions so that they could cover a wide area.

He bemoaned the current development in the party, saying a deliberate attempt was being created to suggest that he avoided the tour to have fun abroad.

“It’s not fair,” he said, adding that they were “clear orchestrated efforts” to paint him black before the flagbearer.

He cited numerous events including a recent press conference concerning the voters’ register at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, claiming that he and the National Chairman were not properly briefed about the content.

He further said that during the flagbearer’s recent visit to Akuapem, in the Eastern Region, the convoy of Nana Akufo-Addo by-passed him, even though they knew he was waiting for them on the way.

“I have to say it for Ghanaians to know what I am going through,” he said.

He wondered if he had committed any sin to be treated that way.

According to him, he decided not to speak on these issues for a long time, because they were internal party matters.

“They have tried to blame me for several things I have no idea about. I have tried all I can to advance the cause of Nana Akufo-Addo, but my efforts are not being appreciated. This is very disheartening and sad,” he said.

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