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Opinions of Monday, 31 March 2014

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Are Armed Robbers Placing Apraku of NPP Life’s in Danger?

The sheer audacity by armed robbers in Ghana to execute their crimes at any time of the day and on any target of their choosing is very scary. We hear of innocent Ghanaians’ homes being raided and at times killed by the intrepid robbers. How they choose their target can be anyone’s guess.

I have read how the office of my own Tweneboah Kodua Secondary Schoolmate, Dr Kwabena Konadu Apraku, has on three occasions been targeted by these daring but completely notorious murderers. Luckily, each time they descended on his office or house at Kumasi Tanoso, intending to execute their allegedly heinous ultimate punishment on him, he would be away elsewhere in the country.

Much as I do not wish any ill fate on Dr Apraku at the hands of any armed robbers, I find his supposition linking the incidents to his utterances against Nana Akufo Addo and his desire to contest future NPP flagbearership very unfortunate and ill-thought. He strongly believes they are not any mere coincident but deliberate ploys by certain supporters of Nana Akufo Addo to eliminate him.

I wish he named those he thinks are behind the armed raids on his office/home to facilitate police investigations into the unfortunate incidents which could have possibly culminated in his death if he was around and happened to be the prime target.

His allusion that the incidents emanate from his irresponsible attacks on Nana Akufo Addo sounds weird in my ears. How would anyone want to eliminate him simply because he wants to contest Nana Akufo Addo for the NPP flagbearership? Even in the likely event of him being able to defeat Nana in such a contest, nobody would dream of eliminating him, let alone, where he could not get a tenth of the votes Nana would garner.

Many are those presuming he is only using age and these incidents to smear Nana but no matter what he does, it will not wash. Nana is currently the people’s choice regardless of his age. At his age, he has still never been corrupt but remains dynamic, honest and dedicated to being of service to his country and humanity.

I really sympathise with Dr Apraku. The police should expedite work on identifying and nailing all those orchestrating that dangerous armed robbery on him, an alumni “Akyeremah” of Kumawu Tweneboah Koduah Secondary School, in the hope of damaging Nana Akufo Addo.

How will the supporters and Dr Apraku feel if one turned round to accuse them of having staged the incursions just to blame them on Nana Akufo Addo or other members of the NPP? Are the members of the NPP not destroying the party’s chances of ever winning the presidency without anyone usurping them as obviously done in Election 2012?

For acquiring their parochial interests, some NPP members will go any length to tarnish the reputation of Nana Addo. However, try as they do, the old man, David in waiting to floor Goliath, will never budge but still remain stronger.

I strongly advise the opponents and enemies of Nana Akufo Addo to campaign on policies but not on senseless arguments of one’s age – he is too old.

Rockson Adofo