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Politics of Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Afoko denies working against Nana Addo

The office of the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Paul Afoko has challenged NPP members who have been alleging that he was working against the fortunes of the party’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to desist from spreading falsehood.

In a statement, Mr Afoko’s office denied embarking on any such moves to prevent Nana Addo from winning the 2016 election and asked the proponents of those allegations to provide proof or forever refrain from such unfounded claims.

He also appealed to the National Council of Elders of the party to step in and call such persons whose “divisive claims” were affecting the unity and image of the party to order.

In the statement which was signed by Nana Yaw Osei, a spokesperson for Mr Afoko, the NPP chairman noted that such accusations had reached some members of the party who have been calling Mr Afoko for clarification, because they did not believe that he (Mr Afoko) would ever drive a spoke into the wheels of the party’s move to form the next government in 2016.

It stated that what was worth noting and very worrying was that any time such unfortunate allegations were made against the national chairman and repeated and discussed in the media; the negative image suffered by the party has been immeasurable to say the least.

It mentioned specifically Mr George Ayisi-Boateng, a leading member of the party, the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, Mr Atta Akyea, a lawyer for Nana Addo, Mr Philip Addison who have all publicly made such “tenuous claims”.

It noted that some worried members of the party have also explained that such wicked and unfortunate impressions were being perpetrated by other NPP persons believed to be profiting from so-called misunderstandings and perceived divisions at the top echelons of the party.

“Though the party members say they do not believe Mr. Afoko is doing any such thing as working against the flagbearer, they are nonetheless worried that such deliberate falsehood, if not curbed, would not promote unity and cohesion in the party for a strong campaign towards the 2016 general elections,” the statement added.

It is therefore worrying that such wrong impressions have sadly been repeated in the media by persons who should know the effects of such deliberate falsehood on the fortunes of the party in the general elections ahead.