My Brother Has Not Defected — John Jinapor

johnA Deputy Minister of Energy, John Abdulai Jinapor, yesterday poured cold water on suggestions that he has successfully convinced his younger brother, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, to defect from the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

An Accra newspaper claimed in its Wednesday edition that Mr. Samuel Jinapor, who served as aide to Nana Akufo-Addo, the 2012 NPP presidential candidate and was a vociferous critic of the Mills-Mahama administration, had defected to the NDC “after being accused of spying for John Mahama”.

According to the newspaper, “despite his many exploits within the NPP, Mr  Jinapor was accused of being a mole in the NPP, silently working for his brother, John Mahama and the NDC during the 2012 electioneering campaign.

His accusers also pointed to his sudden disappearance from the political landscape in the aftermath of the 2012 general elections and his recent marriage to the daughter of the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Nayon Bilijo, as further evidence of his defection.

However, Mr John Jinapor has dismissed suggestions that he has convinced his younger brother to leave NPP, saying although he knew the younger Jinapor has a lot of NDC friends, “I don’t know him as an NDC member. It’s not true my brother has defected.”

Mr. John Jinapor insisted that his younger brother was old enough to take such decisions on his own, in consultation with his wife.

In any case, he continued, “we hardly talk politics because some years back when we talked politics it brought disagreements between us.

“He (Samuel Jinapor) is a married man with a good paying job, so I’m not the one to advise him. If he wants to join any party he doesn’t need to consult me, he will talk to his wife.”

He however warned his brother, who is now a lawyer, to be mindful of the people he associates with, especially those in the NPP.

“If NPP say he is a spy then he needs to be very cautious, they may be planning something evil against him,” he warned.

“When we NDC meet we plan on how to take our message out there, that’s why we won. If they will waste their time on finger- pointing and evil plans, then Sammy needs to be careful.”

Responding to the accusations earlier, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor categorically denied defecting from the NPP, and challenged his accusers to provide proof to back up their claims.— Peacefmonline

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