General News of Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Source: Charles Addo
First National Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Fred Oware, says the leadership of the party will not dignify Dr. Wereko-Brobby’s innuendoes about the party’s decision to challenge the 2012 election with a response.
The founding member of the party in a statement to the media yesterday dubbed, “The NPP must square the circle or cut out the comic tragedy”, among other things, described the party’s decision to boycott the Buem and Akatsi South parliamentary by-elections as “illogical and nonsensical”.
Reacting to the comments on Citi FM in Accra, Mr Oware insisted that Dr Wereko-Brobby’s statement was in a very bad taste, and thereby, charged followers of the party to treat it with the contempt it deserves.
“He (Dr Wereko-Brobby) describes himself a founding member of the party, we would have wished that he summoned anyone of us even to his house if he couldn’t find time to come to the party office to engage us on some of these issues rather than given the Sermon on the Mount,” Mr Oware stressed.
Against that backdrop, he said the statement lacked “intellectual ideas” and stressed that “being a founding member of a political party does not mean sitting on the fence to constantly hurl insults at the party leadership.”
Continuing, he said the NPP was aware of moves by the NDC to infiltrate its ranks for certain individuals to publicly reject its decision to challenge the results of the election.
“There are people within the party who have been hired by the NDC to do what he is doing, but we hope he is not one of them, people are encouraged to speak their minds and that is the beauty of our party.
“We’ll not engage him on radio, he says something or writes to the public and then we will come and respond? Of course we’ll not do that because there are people who have been assigned to engage him”, he noted.
On his part, the Communication Director of the NPP, Nana Akomea, said “it is very difficult to comprehend the motive behind his stance against the NPP decision to go to court.
Why didn’t he [Dr Wereko-Brobby] just let it go when government operatives seized his radio transmission equipment for his Radio Eye in 1995?
“We (NPP) believe there are serious problems with the results of the 2012 elections, and we are challenging it in court”.