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Opinions of Monday, 25 August 2014

Columnist: Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame

Sammy Crabbe Awarded Nobel Prize In Criminal Sophistry

By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D. Garden City, New York August 21, 2014 E-mail:

He helped to stoke the embers of the factional fires that ultimately exploded at the New Patriotic Party's national headquarters on Tuesday, August 19. And then when he realized that the apocalyptic nature of his collaborative handiwork was fast coming into fruition, he quietly slinked out of the country into Sweden as his airtight alibi. The grapevine also has it that Mr. Sammy Crabbe was in Sweden to receive the newly created category of Nobel Prize for Criminal Sophistry, Political Science Division.

Unlike the other five, or so, Nobel Prize categories, however, the Prize for Criminal Sphistry will be awarded in the red-hot summer month of August every year. Well, you guessed it; and it is that I expect the next recipient of this award to be the eternally aggrieved and disgruntled, treasure-hunting Dr. McHypocrite, of Fante-Asebu and Irmo, South Carolina. Indeed, they may be "epic" at sophistry, as my eight-year-old boy would say, but they are not fooling anybody anyhow. At least, they are not fooling me the least bit.

Well, Mr. Crabbe may do himself and the rest of us great good by explaining to us, the Ghanaian people, both at home and abroad, precisely how he came to his iron-clad conclusion that NPP General-Secretary Kwabena Agyepong cannot be faulted for taking the apparently dictatorial and unilateral decision of firing the party's Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Opare Hammond, who fiercely fought back and got reinstated by the National Executive Committee of the NPP. Mr. Crabbe categorically claims that Mr. Agyepong was not, in any way, required to consult with the NPP-NEC about the fate of Mr. Hammond (See "K. Agyapong Is Being Victimized - Sammy Crabbe" 8/21/14).

Mr. Crabbe also claims that the protest against his illegal firing by Messrs. Afoko and Agyepong ought not to have occasioned any raucous media circus, because Mr. Hammond's predecessor, a Mr. Antwi-Adjei, was removed from the same office by Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey to make way for the former NPP-MP. Evidently, according to Mr. Crabbe, Mr. Antwi-Adjei had taken the kick to his groin lying supine, and so his successor ought to have done the same in turn. Well, has Mr. Crabbe bothered to find out why Mr. Antwi-Adjei either failed or refused to protest his removal from the post of NPP Director of Finance and Administration?

In other words, did Mr. Crabbe bother to find out whether Mr. Antwi-Adjei's removal by Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey was effected with the approval of the relevant party standing committee? The fact that Mr. Antwi-Adjei had apparently not protested his administrative removal does not necessarily follow that Mr. Hammond ought to have behaved exactly the same manner, notwithstanding the fact that the laid-down procedure for such removal may have been flagrantly violated.

But, at any rate, what is most important to point out here, is that Mr. Crabbe is a passionate partisan of Messrs. Afoko and Agyepong and their factional principals inside the New Patriotic Party. He is also widely known to have fiercely contested against Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey for the job of NPP National Chairman. What this means is that Mr. Crabbe has a vested interest in anti-Akufo-Addo decisions taken by Messrs. Afoko and Agyepong.

Mr. Crabbe also seems to be shockingly lackadaisical with regard to whether he is directly involved by Messrs. Afoko and Agyepong in the day-to-day administration of the NPP at party headquarters or not. To the foregoing effect, this is what he has to say: "I am in Sweden[.] I have no idea [of] what happened.... I was not consulted - and so what? Need I be consulted in ALL THINGS?????? No!!!" And so how can the Second Vice-Chairman of the NPP preach about the imperative need for the rank-and-file membership of the New Patriotic Party to "UNITE for victory"? Precisely what sort of victory does Mr. Crabbe have in mind?

I am glad that the rancorous events at the NPP's national headquarters occurred as it reportedly did on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Now that the gloves have been peeled off their hands, we are all beginning to see the true colors of the Afoko-Agyepong posse. The warts, I can honestly confirm to you, my dear reader, are not pleasant to look at, at all!