…Gets party delegates to shoot down moves to make President leader of party
The just-ended National Delegates Conference of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) afflicted a serious wound on the ego of President Nana Akufo-Addo after an attempt to reconfigure the party’s constitution to make him leader of the party crash-landed badly.
At the eleventh hour, a reform sponsored by the President was withdrawn because a turf war in the background between President Akufo-Addo and former President John Agyekum Kufuor had panned in favor of a crafty Kufuor.
If the reform to make the President the leader of the party had gone through, President Akufo-Addo would automatically become omnipotent in the NPP where he is already a prima donna. However, former President Kufuor forced him to withdraw the proposal.
The camp of the ex-President had angled to pull the carpet from under the feet of Akufo-Addo through a planned demonstration at the conference grounds that would have taken massive shine away from the delegates conference and launched a new scandal on the party front for Akufo-Addo.
Through good timing, old fox Kufuor cornered Nana and his camp, forcing them to withdraw the proposal.
Motivation for Mr. Kufuor’s shrewd move, according to NPP sources, is twofold – clipping the wings of a power lusting strongman Akufo-Addo, and revenge. It is alleged that the latter reason was the more compelling motivation.
In 2007, Mr. Kufuor, who was then President, had made a similar move to put the leadership of the party in the hands of the President. Nana Akufo-Addo, who was then seriously coveting the Presidency, saw the move by Kufuor as attempt to have stranglehold of the party to enable him push through an agenda to make Alan Kyerematen successor to himself.
Akufo-Addo had carefully worked up the party’s leaders at the time, the late B.J. Da Rocha and the late Peter Ala Adjetey, against President Kufuor, leading to the late Da Rocha walking President Kufuor’s Chief of Staff, Kwadwo Mpiani, out of a party meeting at the party headquarters over the issue.
President Kufuor eventually backed down from the move and recoiled to silently lick his wounds. Years down the line, the same Akufo-Addo who schemed to get Kufuor humiliated over the attempt to make the President leader of the NPP is now President and pushing similar ambitions.
President Akufo-Addo wears his desire to dominate the NPP for a long time to come on his sleeve, with reasons for that desire including the fact that he envisions his cousin, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta becoming Flagbearer after him.
Assuming position as leader of the NPP would prop him up to tinker with the party until everybody is whipped into line to look up to Almighty Akufo-Addo for direction for the party.
A livid Kufuor and the Ashanti bloc felt insulted over the naked power lust that also insults the Ashanti bloc to the face. In response, old fox Kufuor waited till the eleventh hour and then deployed the element of surprise.
The Ashanti bloc stirred up its support base in the party to stage a protest at the conference grounds in Cape Coast where TV cameras could have picked up live footage.
The shrewd move made nonsense of long term meticulous planning by the Akyem bloc, which among other things, removed the Ashanti bloc’s Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong as Chairman and General Secretary respectively.
In place of these two, Akufo-Addo loyalists, Freddy Blay and John Boadu, who have been Acting Chairman and General Secretary respectively, had been in position to unleash an admixture of cajolement, intimidation and inducement to get the delegates to vote the proposed reform that would make Akufo-Addo leader of the NPP.
Other loyalits including Alhaji Short, who Akufo-Addo is backing to become the party’s new National Chairman, Sammy Awuku, who is being backed for the National Organizer position, Henry Nana Boakye, alias Nana B, who is being backed for the National Youth Organizer position, were all at hand to help effect the change.
However, former President Kufuor and the Ashanti bloc who feel insulted over the treatment of Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong, saw the move as an attempt to heap insult on insult.
The Ashanti bloc which is also angling for Alan Kyerematen to become Flagbearer after Akufo-Addo, staged the response – an eleventh hour stir up of supporters to stage a protest at the conference grounds.
The protest would have launched a fresh scandal at the party front for Akufo-Addo whose government is already facing scandal storms on many fronts. The proposal was withdrawn.
Along with that, a proposal to have people of dual citizenship to hold positions in the party was also withdrawn while a proposal to have MPs of the NPP appoint Constituency executives was shot down by delegates.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels