Politics of Saturday, 1 March 2014
National Women's Organizer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Otiko Afisa Djaba, has accused her deputy of sabotaging her ambition to retain her position ahead of the party’s delegates congress to be held on April 12 in Tamale.
Madam Tina Mensah also contesting the National Women’s Organizer position has questioned Otiko’s allegiance and loyalty to the party.
According to her, given Otiko Djaba’s family ties with President John Mahama, she cannot be said to be a true member of the NPP.
“Otiko is the first cousin of President Mahama, so if I were her, I will not contest any position in NPP,” Tina Mensah added.
But in a riposte on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Friday, Otiko Afisa Djaba, described as unfortunate the unfounded claims by her deputy.
She said it is an established fact that President Mahama is her first cousin but, “it does not mean I support him. My destiny is with NPP and no one can force me out”.
Otiko Djaba likened the conduct of her deputy Women's Organizer to the former heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, who bit off his opponent’s ear when he [Tyson] could not defeat him.
“If you [Tina Mensah] can’t fight me, don’t bite my ear like Mike Tyson did to Holyfield”.
The NPP Women's Organizer said she is not perturbed by the “desperate” attempt by “enemies of progress to bring me down".
“A deputy’s role is to support the elected officer and not to sabotage her. Winners never quit, so if you [Tina] can’t beat me, join me”.
Otiko Djaba was confident party delegates will on April 12, vote massively for her to continue to ensure a landslide victory for the NPP in the 2016 general elections.
“I believe sincerely that come April 12, NPP delegates will vote for me to work hard to bring the party back to power," she said.