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Politics of Friday, 12 December 2014


Akufo-Addo trying to discredit NPP MPs - Alhaji Naziru

An aspiring deputy National Propaganda Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) believes that the call by Nana Akufo-Addo for government to come clean on the cost of the construction of Kasoa interchange is a subtle way of “turning the heat” on his Minority in Parliament.

It would be recalled that Gabby Asare-Otchere Darko, the former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute condemned Minority Members Parliament (MPs) for relinquishing their core mandate of putting the Executive arm of government in check to Civil Society Organisations on Accra-based Oman FM, a few months ago.

Immediately after that, the Herald Newspaper's publication on the 2nd of December, 2014 carried the Headline, ‘When Gabby Sneezes The Minority Catches Cold’.

The paper went on to state that “three weeks ago, in an unprecedented manner, the Minority, joined a mushroom pressure group, Alliance For Accountable Governance (AFAG) of overzealous young men affiliated to the NPP to stage a demonstration christened, “Agbeii wo”, virtually all the MPs on the side of the Minority joined in that senseless demonstration. This was unprecedented because, until Gabby took the MPs to the cleaners, they have never taken part in any demonstration organized by AFAG, so what changed”.

The statement by Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, which generated a huge debate in the media, is however being linked to the call by Nana Akufo-Addo during a Memorial Lecture for the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama, to the government to make bare the details of the contract between the Republic of Ghana and Construtora Queiroz Galvao S.A for the design and construction of the Kasoa interchange and ancillary works, even though the contract has been through Parliament.

Alhaji Naziru claims this is a pursuit of the scheme set in motion by Gabby Asare Otchere to denigrate their own in Parliament by questioning their integrity and loyalty because of the fact that there are NPP MP's who are engineers on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport.

“..this is nothing but to tell us that their MPs are incompetent, so I will call on all Ghanaians to vote the entire NPP Minority out of Parliament because their Flagbearer says so,” he told

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