NPP’s Image Is Dented — Fred Oware

fredThe immediate past first national vice-chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has lamented that the NPP’s image has been dented by Tuesday’s violence at the party’s headquarters.

“If I say no damage has been caused, I probably will be lying to myself,” he said.

Fred Oware noted that the NPP, which was known to be a democratic party was gradually losing its credentials.

“I can’t find the right words to express myself,” he lamented, adding that it was an unfortunate incident “and I wish it hadn’t happened.”

A news conference by the NPP’s national chairman, Paul Afoko and general secretary, Kwabena Agyepong  was disrupted by some irate youth wielding guns and machetes.

They were demanding the resignation of the party’s general secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, over certain appointments and dismissals of some party officials.

Calm has since been restored through the intervention of the chairman, Mr. Afoko and some personnel of the Ghana Police Service.

The act has been widely condemned by ex-President John Kufuor, presidential aspirants of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo and Alan Kyeremanten, other political parties and the general public.

Mr. Oware acknowledged that although the act was shameful, the NPP would resolve its internal matters to enable it present a formidable front in the 2016 general elections.

He, however, maintained that contrary to widely held perceptions, the party was not in crisis “and what happens beyond this point will determine that.”

Mr. Oware was hopeful that if the aggrieved members of the party were able to “bottle up” their concerns, “I do not think that we should have any problems.”

With two years to the general elections, the former vice-chairman of the NPP said it would be a great opportunity for the party to repair whatever damage has been caused and counseled party executives and members to make sure that “amends are made within the shortest period.


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