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Opinions of Saturday, 18 February 2017

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Has His Excellency the President Indeed been Blocked

Has His Excellency the President Indeed been Blocked from Appointing Kwabena Agyapong a Minister?

The news has emerged or unfolded in the public domain; reported by the media that His
Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has been blocked by the NPP gurus
from appointing Kwabena Agyei Agyepong a Minister for Sports. If indeed the President
made any such attempts and was disrespectfully blocked as reported, what lessons are
there for us to learn from the whole saga?

Firstly, the President has shown that he holds no grudge against Kwabena Agyepong, my
own son by the Ashanti tradition, although Kwabena publicly exhibited some attitudes
towards Nana and NPP that could be interpreted by many a Ghanaian as having some
malicious intent. His behaviours angered me so much that after my numerous
publications to get him to refrain from such pursuits failed, I personally led the
crusade to oust him from his cushy post. Did I not place many advisory publications
on both Ghanaweb and Modernghana for his attention but he ignored all those fatherly

The President by his attempt has proved to Kwabena Agyepong that he was not the
wicked type that he, Kwabena, had sought to sabotage by his probable association with
the rumoured Agenda 2020. That agenda was meant to scupper Nana Akufo Addo’s
chances of ever becoming the president of Ghana. However, man proposes, but God
disposes. Again, as action speaks louder than words, Kwabena cannot deny before God
and man that he was up to something dodgy that had the potential to deny then NPP
flag bearer, Nana Akufo Addo, accession to the presidency.

Secondly, it is good that the President was blocked from offering Kwabena Agyepong a
ministerial post as he had intended or attempted to. The reason is if he had
succeeded in appointing him a Minister, other people might decide to do same as
Kwabena did and hope to get away with it. If Kwabena could grab the post of a
Minister after all his diabolic acts, why not me, a future saboteur may say? In order
to serve a notice to would-be saboteurs, and for them to understand that there is no
reward for playing the devil, it is good that the President was blocked from
executing his good intentions about Kwabena Agyepong. It is a good act of

Nonetheless, I shall be disgusted at the attitude of the NPP gurus if indeed, they
behaved irresponsibly towards the President when he disclosed his good plans for
Kwabena Agyepong. According to what I read on Ghanaweb, the gurus in venting their
venomous anger forgot to recognise that Nana Akufo Addo is now a President. If it is
true as reported, then I should really be annoyed with those gurus.

Much as I do appreciate their action, I do disagree with the way they did carry their
bitter feelings across. Let it be known to them that about 90% of the electorates
voted for NPP just because of the personality of Nana Akufo Addo. His
incorruptibility, honesty, dynamism, dedication to serve his people and nation etc.,
endeared him to the Ghanaian masses hence the Ghanaian electorates voting massively
for him and NPP on 7 December 2016.

Those NPP gurus who were disrespectful to him should please go back and render their
heartfelt apologies to him.

Finally, I conclude by saying Kwabena Agyepong should have vigorously identified
himself on the ground with NPP during the electioneering campaign if he ever
entertained the idea or wish to play a future role in the government of NPP. I
published an article requesting him to effectively join the campaign but as obstinate
as he has always been, he refused to adhere to the wise admonition exuding from the
overflowing fountain of wisdom from the (Agona clan) son of Kumawu/Asiampa.

I am privileged to foresee things but my son did not listen to me. He is understood
to have donated GHC85, 000 towards the NPP campaign to help our contestants in some
perceived difficult constituencies, however, his presence on the ground could worth
more than the money to bring him back into the good books of NPP.

I was happy to see Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyeremateng campaign tirelessly alongside Nana
Akufo Addo to ensure Nana won the election. Following that, the respect for him by
the public has been boosted.

Anyway, Kwabena was in a dilemma, wedged between the rock and a hard surface. If he
had come out openly to campaign for NPP, the Mahama family or the NDC would have come
out with any secret information on his underhand dealings with them if indeed Ibrahim
Mahama had bought him a car as alleged. To avoid any such difficult to handle
embarrassment, he did better choose to remain quite unlike the chirping Paul Afoko.
However, he could in the end not have his cake and eat it. He could not fleece the
NDC, if indeed he did as alleged, and still hope to enjoy with NPP after all his
perceived acts of sabotage.

If he proves himself a reformed person, in the course of time, His Excellency
President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo may be permitted by the NPP gurus to
reconsider him for government appointment.

Rockson Adofo