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General News of Friday, 17 August 2007

Source: Chronicle

Monkey dey work, baboon dey chop

... Aggudey Charges at Nduom Mr. George Opesika Aggudey, the 2004 presidential candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) who is campaigning to retain the leadership position of the party, has stated that he finds it strange that people who worked vehemently against the party have now bounced back with their ambitions to lead the party after he had made it attr tive and marketable across the country. According to him, though those contesting him are equally good materials to lead the party, their loyalty is questionable because they were flirting with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“It is welcome news for the party. It is good that they have come to make the CPP more attractive but were they not the same people who abandoned the party? Are they therefore genuine CPP members? He asked Speaking in an interview with Radio Gold, an Accra based FM station recently the 2004 Presidential candidate who garnered less than 2% of the total valid votes cast said, “monkey cannot work for baboon to chop. Monkey must work and chop.”

He urged the rank and file of the party including all the potential delegates to come out in their numbers to endorse him as a demonstration of the fact that he held the party firmly when those contesting him abandoned it to the advantage of the NPP.

On repentance of the party members including Dr. Paa Kwesi Ndoum, the former Minister of Public Sector Reforms, who has started criss-crossing the country in his desire to lead the party, Mr. Aggudey, GoldCrest Security boss, said he had doubts about his so-called repentance because he worked for another party and even cast innuendoes against his own presidential candidate who was voted for at congress. “My point is that the CPP at the time should not have been left in the cold,” he argued.

The CPP aspirant who was lambasted over his outbursts at a presidential debate that “women were objects of comfort’ said it was interesting to note the rate at which party stalwarts were canvassing for the party’s top post but refused to contribute their quota for the party that once upon a time ruled the nation.

When asked whether he was afraid of his opponents, he responded in negative, saying, “I know that at the end of the day, I will win. I want to call upon all the genuine CPP members to come out and make sure that the CPP become more vibrant, attractive and marketable.”

Aggudey cited the popularity of the incumbent President, John Agyekum Kufuor and the positions endorsed by some of the party members who worked against his candidature as some of the factors that contributed to his poor performance at the last elections.

“You cannot claim to be a CPP member and keep your alms folded. It was through my efforts that the CPP is what it is today.”

Independently, Chronicle can confirm that single handedly, Aggudey funded billboards across the country and made sure the CPP brand remained alight and resisted immense taunts from noted CPP elements like Mr. Kweku Baako, Dr. Vladimir Antwi Danso of the University of Ghana.

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