General News of Wednesday, 30 January 2013
The Managing Editor of the Al-Hajj newspaper, says the 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is speeding the party into an abyss.
Alhaji Iddrisu Bature intimated that the conduct of the NPP flagbearer with the support of party Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John, casts a slur on the integrity of the party.
He was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme in reaction to the NPP’s resolve to seek justice in the court of law.
The NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo, his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and party Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey are in court challenging the 2012 presidential election results.
The three have sued the Electoral Commission (EC) for allegedly supervising electoral fraud and sued President John Mahama as a beneficiary of the electoral irregularities.
The three NPP bigwigs are convinced that given the evidences they have presented, the Supreme Court will overturn the election verdict in their favour.
But Alhaji Bature on Ekosii Sen maintains that the case the NPP has presented in court has no merit.
According to him, the motive behind the court case is to serve the parochial interest of some unpatriotic party officials in the NPP.
The Al Hajj editor said the party under the leadership of Jake, Nana Addo and Sir John has lost focus and integrity among Ghanaians.
“This is not the John Agyekum Kufuor NPP we know; if they go on like this the very foundation of the NPP will be damaged” he bemoaned.
He predicted an eminent breakaway by moderate people within the NPP who do not believe in what he called the “civil disobedience” of party leaders and want to preserve the party’s integrity.
Alhaji Bature urged the NPP to get out of court and focus on the 2016 elections since he claims, their evidence is not enough to change the election results.
In a quick rebuttal, former NPP Member of Parliament for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah pooh-poohed Bature’s assertions.
He insisted that NPP’s court case is in the interest of Ghana’s growing democracy and to ensure justice is served.
Kofi Jumah said the NPP will not be cowed into submission to drop the court case but will pursue it to its logical conclusion.