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Politics of Sunday, 10 May 2015

Source: The Informer

NPP Coup; They have pushed me to the wall - Agyepong

The General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, has finally lost his patience.

He has served notice that he would deal with his critics in the National Executive group of the party - who are conspiring to destroy his political future.

The NPP General Secretary’s public outburst, is as a result of comments that he deliberately decided not to show up at last Monday’s Steering Committing meeting; and when contacted said, he (Kwabena Agyepong) was enjoying his fufu in Kumasi; and that he had no idea of the said meeting.

Speaking to Okay FM’s Kwame Nkrumah Tikese, Mr. Kwabena Agyepong, made it known that the apprehensions in the party, are all part of the grand conspiracy to undermine the authority of both him (Kwabena) and National Chairman, Mr. Paul Afoko.

To his critics, he said; “I have kept quiet for a long time and I am getting tired.

If this is how they want things to go, then I will soon begin to expose how things really are in the party; they have pushed me to the wall.

I know there are plans by some people just to destroy me and my future in politics, and I am prepared to confront them squarely, henceforth”.

Mr. Freddie Blay, the First National Vice-Chairman of the NPP, summoned an emergency Steering Committee meeting on May 4, 2015, where the party’s flagbearer, Mr. Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo was present.

Though Mr. Blay’s meeting was legitimate per the provisions of the NPP Constitution, many, including Kwabena Agyepong, have questioned the motive behind the said meeting, most precisely, when the party's National Chairman was not aware.

However, a founding member of the NPP, Dr. Nyaho-Nyaho Tamakloe, without mincing words has said that the meeting convened by Mr. Freddie Blay was a preparatory ground by some National Executive members to hijack the party.

Describing the development as disturbing, Nyaho Tamakloe said, "It is the latest in overt and covert attempts to hijack the national executive outfit and undermine some elements in the leadership, especially the Chairman, Mr. Afoko, and the General Secretary, Mr. Agyepong; and we must all speak out against it”.

According to him, ever since Afoko and Agyepong assumed office, some people in the party have given them no peace and said that what is being witnessed in the NPP today has never happened in the history of the party, adding that, the likes of Da Rocha, Agyenim Boateng, Ala Adjetey, Dan Botwe, Mac Manu, Ohene Ntow, Obetsebi-Lamptey, Owusu-Afriyie, were never treated the way Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong are being undermined.

"We have a 1st Vice Chairman, who recently joined from a rival party - but now calls the shots and disregards party traditions, and no one calls him to order. This is untenable," Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, is on record to have said.

According to him, the unnecessary power struggle in the party can affect the electoral fortunes of the party come 2016, and called on the party’s leadership to ensure that unity prevails in the NPP, particularly, at the grassroots level.