A founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), George Ayisi Boateng, has stated that responding to insults from his colleagues on radio will not be his option to clarify a statement he made earlier.
The NPP elder was purported to have said that the National Chairman of the party, Paul Afoko, and General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, should be sidelined from Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate’s campaign because he did not believe the duo would deliver efficiently.
He therefore urged the presidential candidate to form a different campaign team to manage his electioneering activities, adding that, “it takes a lot to trust someone.”
Mr. Boateng’s comments received a sharp riposte from a former party National Chairman, Peter Mac Manu who expressed his utmost disappointment at the founding member’s utterances, described it as “unfortunate”.
The party’s Member of Parliament for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem, Dr. Nana Stephen Ato Arthur, also criticised Mr. Boateng’s comments, saying he was disappointment about how internal party matters were always discussed in the media.
According to him, the manner in which such matters were discussed in the open, has created the impression in the mind of the public that the NPP was not ready to win power in next year’s general elections.
Nana Arthur therefore urged his party leadership to stop breaking the hearts of Ghanaians who are waiting patiently for Nana Akufo-Addo to liberate them from the shackles of poverty under the John Mahama-led administration.
But speaking in an interview yesterday, Mr. Boateng noted that he was not ready for any radio squabble with the former chairman – “everybody is entitled to his opinion,”he said.
He explained that speaking further on radio about the issue would rather destroy party unity, adding: “Silence is golden”.
The national chairman and general secretary have endured heavy pressure from a faction in the party to resign because they believed the duo were not committed to the party’s push for power in 2016.