General News of Wednesday, 20 August 2014
The beleaguered General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Kwabena Agyepong, has said he fears for his life hence his decision to change the security men at the party’s headquarters.
According to him, some violent actions involving the security personnel in recent times made it difficult for him to trust them with his personal security at the headquarters.
The NPP has been rocked with confusion following a directive by Agyepong instructing the acting communications director, Perry Okudzeto, to proceed on leave.
Some supporters believe the Paul Afoko-led administration is deliberately targeting party officials who are suspected loyalists to the NPP's two-time presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo.
However, the former NPP presidential aspirant said the suspicions are misplaced. According to him, anybody who has been asked to proceed on leave has be spoken to by the party leadership.
“People go about saying I’m violating the party’s procedures, I want someone to tell me one simple thing that I have done wrong, and I will apologise. That is my nature. Let them tell me just one simple thing,” Agyepong told Accra-based Peace FM.
Commenting on Tuesday’s security exchanges at the party’s headquarters, he said: “How can I feel safe working with a group of men who have shown the potential to harm me. They have machete and other tools which are not needed by party security men. They can harm me and I won’t wait for them to do that. If I were your brother or your husband would you ask me to work under such conditions with these men?”
Meanwhile, former president John Kufuor has appealed to members of the party to remain calm and allow the leadership "room to operate.”