General News of Friday, 1 March 2013
Source: New Standard
Dr. Sekuo Nkrumah, son of Ghana’s first president claims the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is gradually coercing its members to succumb to its whims and caprices even if they disagree.
He said leadership of the NPP in recent times have become intolerant of members who express dissenting views from the party’s position and is working assiduously to “turn them into zombies”.
Sekou Nkrumah was commenting on the attacks on Kwame Pianim who is opposed to the party’s decision to boycott the activities of John Mahama’s government.
However, on Asempa FM’s 'Ekosii Sen' programme, Sekou Nkrumah said the NPP goofed in attacking Kwame Pianim.
According to him, issues raised by Mr. Pianim are very logical therefore the party must deal with his concerns than attacking his person.
“The NPP want to turn its members into zombies; if you have a different opinion from the party’s then they will start questioning your loyalty” he added.
Dr. Nkrumah added that many people in the NPP have similar sentiments but for fear of being vilified, they are afraid to come out.
He noted that instead of being hostile to people with divergent views, the party leadership must educate its members about their chances in the ongoing court case to boost their confidence.
Sekou Nkrumah urged the NPP to be tolerant and accommodate people with different opinions.
In a quick rebuttal, a deputy Communication Director of the NPP, John Boadu disagreed vehemently with Sekou’s assertions.
He stated that the NPP is a democratic party which allows members to freely express their opinions without fear or favour.
John Boadu observed that the party has not closed its doors to anyone who want to seek information about the ongoing court case.
Conceding that there is not much education, he said party leadership will expedite action and get it resolved.
John Boadu also called for ceasefire adding that “the insults and invectives will not solve the problem".