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General News of Friday, 8 May 2015


Amaliba taunts Akufo-Addo to show leadership in NPP

A member of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba has challenged the flagbearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo to prove his celebrated leadership credentials by solving the raging impasse in his party.

There is a brewing storm within the national executive body of the NPP – General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong and Chairman Paul Afoko on the one hand, and the first Vice Chair Freddie Blay and his camp on the other.

The recriminations were sparked by a steering committee meeting organised and chaired by Mr Blay on Monday while both Mr Afoko and Mr Agyepong were away.

The General Secretary and Chairman have qualms with the organisation of the meeting behind their back.

Mr Agyepong has said Mr Blay could have waited for him to return from his trip to Kumasi before convening the meeting.

Mr Blay, on the other hand, insists he was in the right to have held the meeting per the party’s constitution, which gives him the power to do so in the absence of the chairman.

Different groups and various prominent people in the party have taken sides on the matter. Former Attorney General Nii Ayikoi Otoo, on Tuesday, warned the party to deal with the matter internally or it risks presenting itself as not ready for power in 2016.

Speaking to Morning Starr’s Kafui Dey on Starr 103.5FM on Friday, Mr Amaliba said the fracas gives Mr Akufo-Addo a perfect opportunity to show he is a strong leader.

“The NPP has been touting the leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo and has been touting his credentials as a strong leader. I think this is the time for him to show this leadership.

“How can he ensure that the executive body that is in disarray can be brought together for them to forge ahead and fight 2016 as a united front,” he said.