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General News of Friday, 29 May 2015

Source: starrfmonline.com

Akufo-Addo to hit hard in NPP truce today

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to broker a truce between divided national executives of the Elephant family.

The Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition has been making the headlines for months now following an internal wrangling which was exacerbated by the killing of its Upper East regional chairman Adams Mahama last week.

The national headquarters has been declared a no-go area for the national chairman and the general secretary Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong respectively as supporters point fingers at them over the murder of Alhaji Mahama.

Nana Addo will be at the national headquarters today, Friday, May 29, 2015 to address the media in an effort to rally the ranks and file of the party ahead of the 2016 elections.

Akufo-Addo is expected to also touch on the decision by the party’s security to prevent some party officers from entering the national headquarters.

About seven regions have already passed a vote of no confidence in Afoko and Agyepong as pressure mounts on them to step aside. Some Minority MPs and the Council of Elders have reportedly asked the duo to step aside as investigations into Mahama’s killing proceed.

Meanwhile, ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor is not a happy man following the brouhaha in the party.

Kufuor said he is worried about the happenings in the party and cautioned against “acrimonious accusations in the media” which he said “only serve to further divide their ranks and allow heir detractors to infiltrate them.”

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Frank Agyekum, Kufuor lamented that he finds it troubling that issues that must be resolved in accordance with laid down procedures of the party’s constitution are constantly being discussed in the media without regard to the overall effect on its fortunes.

He drummed home the need for calm and circumspection in the affairs of the party.

According to him, the NPP needs to unite not only for its own good but for that of the entire nation that is looking up to it as the alternative government

Kufuor stated that Mahama’s death should unite the party instead of dividing them. He appealed that the “national investigative system that has already taken charge of the process be allowed to work rather than the party seeming to preempt the outcome.”

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