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Opinions of Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Columnist: Amankwah, Nana Kofi

NPP Demands Financial Accountability From Akufo Addo

We all know that time is of the essence for Akufo Addo to act respectfully toward the entire New Patriotic Party (NPP) membership across the country including those outside and give accountability of moneys given to him by John Agyekum Kufuor for the 2008 presidential campaign. Akufo Addo must realize it is cynical for him to think that the millions of dollars given to him by NPP and Kufour to run the campaign was his personal money; there must be accountability as soon as possible to the NPP organization.

Nananom, Ladies and Gentleman Akufo Addo should return the remainder of the campaign’s money during the 2008 campaign to NPP general accounts committee as soon as possible. The millions of dollars that went to Akufo Addo is a huge amount that was stuffed directly into Akufo Addo pockets by John Agyekum Kufuor. Akufo Addo knows that we who know the numbers believe that half of the money has been kept. Akufo Addo is using it now for his political ambitions, which won’t take him anywhere. Ghanaians and most NPP members across they country have already decided not to waste their time again on him. He is not presidential material for the NPP. This is what is on the ground now in Ghana. This Akufo Addo must choose patriotism over his political ambition and show the interest of the NPP as John Agyekum Kufour did by selling his family property to help NPP to win power. Akufo Addo should return the residual money as Kufuor sold his property to create for this NPP institution interest; rather than orchestrate his failed presidential bid using these corrupt political tactics against Kufour and other innocent people.

Based on my investigation from some constituencies across the country and information from the deep throat in the head office in Accra, Akufo Addo is currently using these monies to mobilize his campaigns for 2012 while some party offices in some constituencies are closed. In addition the party needs funds to organize their upcoming December 2009 delegate conference to choose the national executives. Some people will think that campaign monies are not accounted for and there is some truth in it; if one uses his personal money he doesn’t need any accountability. But in this case the money that was spend was the party’s money that was raised by party members in the interest of the party. Therefore there must be accountability. There is no obvious reasons why such huge monies should not be accounted to the finance committee of NPP. Now Boakye Agyarko the failed NPP presidential aspirant who has become Akufo Addos campaign ambassador is currently using the remainder of the NPP money and running Akufo Addo’s campaign where they have started to open their 2012 presidential bid campaign offices in some constituencies. While the party cannot carry on its day-to-day activities; Akufo Addo who will be 70 years old is an arrogant and opportunistic individual who continues to think that the violent acts and pompous behavior he always exhibited within the NPP and the creation of a faction in the party makes him untouchable. A majority of NPP members I talk to does not need a 70 year old man to lead the party while there are young visionary people who can lead the party successfully to win 2012 general elections.

Nobody has ever created a faction within the UP tradition since Akufo Addo and his uncle started one in 1979 he has continued this foolishness up to date. It is imprudent for Akufo Addo to think that the NPP is his family dynasty that any revenue that belongs to the party can be kept for his personal use. If this is the way he thinks then he will have a serious beef with some of us who are UP /NPP/PFP members across the country. The majority of us who know the history of this great organization believe our ancestors did not sacrifice and shed their blood to build this organization for Akufo Addo and his family’s personal financial interest. We have had enough of Akufo Addo’s aggrandizing behavior that has already alienated a lot of people already in Ghana towards the NPP. In order for Akufo Addo to avoid harassment from NPP members soon he should unequivocally return all the NPP money in his possession. I have this message for all NPP members who support Akufo Addo. You are the ones to be blame for his stupidity and the faction he has created with the current NPP. You guys need to wise up and stop him and his nonsense; he cannot carry on this behavior for unity. Nobody is scared of him. The NPP is bigger than him and his cronies. The people of Ghana are bigger than any politician can ever be.

From: Nana Kofi Amankwah (New York) Source: Amankwah Nana kofi