– NPP Clan Battles
…Akufo-Addo in the thick of dastardly plot to sack him
The clock has begun ticking on the political clanship that Kwabena Agyei Agyepong shares with the New Patriotic Party (NPP), as the NPP goes through the motions to sack the suspended General Secretary from the party.
The Republic has picked up info that the three-member committee that was recently put together by the party’s National Council to probe lamentation that Mr. Agyepong had made about his suspension is readying to recommend his outright dismissal.
Apparently, the three-member committee, led by Majority Leader, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, is a kangaroo court that had premeditated the dismissal of the suspended General Secretary even before it would commence the probe.
In the coming days, therefore, the melodrama, in which the National Council of the NPP gave itself the benefit of the doubt and set up a three-member committee over Mr. Agyepong’s simple complaint over his protracted two-year suspension, will end with the recommendation that he be sacked from the party.
However, as Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Nana Obiri Boahen and Peter MacManu, prepare to ask the party to dismiss Mr. Agyepong, President Akufo-Addo lurks as grand puppeteer behind the three-member committee.
Akufo-Addo, whose camp, the Akyem Mafia, masterminded the suspension of Mr. Agyepong, along with the former chairman, Paul Afoko, and the second national vice chairman, Sammy Crabbe, all of the Ashanti bloc, is said to be aiming to remove Mr. Agyepong from the party.
The President, according to insider sources, regards Mr. Agyepong as a threat to President Akufo-Addo’s current stranglehold on the NPP.
Mr. Agyepong stirred up lying dogs when it emerged that he is nursing the ambition to run for the General Secretary position once more.
This desire clashes with President Akufo-Addo’s intent to get one of his loyalists in that position in the party’s upcoming internal polls. It became sweetly opportune, therefore, when Mr. Agyepong later shot off his mouth about his prolonged suspension which has been ongoing since 2015.
President Akufo-Addo, according to insiders, seized the opportunity immediately and caused the meeting of the National Council of the party to be conveyed over the matter.
Shockingly, something as mundane as the former General Secretary telling a journalist on the sidelines of the NPP’s extraordinary Delegates Conference that “two years is too long a time for the General Secretary to be on suspension. Our constitution does not provide for that” has led to the National Council putting together a probe committee.
Many have since wondered what exactly the committee is going to probe – whether it is going to investigate the factuality of the two- year suspension being too long, or the factuality of the NPP constitution frowning on such arbitrariness.
At the National Council meeting on Monday, this week, President Akufo-Addo is said to have huffed, puffed and elbowed his way about, chastising that it was irresponsible for the Council to sit down and allow one person to hold the party to ransom.
It was in response to the tantrum of the President, who is a total prima-donna in the party at the moment that the three-member committee was set up to supposedly probe Mr. Agyepong’s lamentation.
But even before the committee would be set up, the whole meeting had been like a conspiracy of jackals against a hare – sources confirm that the people whose voices had carried throughout the meeting were known haters of Mr. Kwabena Agyepong and his fellow suspended from the Ashanti bloc.
One of them, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, the semi- literate Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, asked for the immediate dismissal of Kwabena Agyepong even without a probe. But the semiliterate braggart, whose glaring ignorance of the legal implication of such a sack was worn on his sleeve, was ignored.
Rather, the crafty lawyers among them, goaded by President Akufo-Addo, set up the kangaroo committee, two of whose members are publicly pro-Akufo-Addo, while the chairman of the committee has personal vendetta against Kwabena Agyepong.
Nana Obiri Boahen is Deputy General Secretary of the NPP. He was the same deputy to Kwabena Agyepong who conspired with the Akyem Mafia to get his boss suspended, along with Paul Afoko and Sammy Crabbe in 2015. That suspension is what has since held.
Peter MacManu, the second committee member, was President Akufo-Addo’s Campaign Manager for the 2016 elections.
Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is Chairman of the Committee, clashed on the campaign trail with Kwabena Agyepong in 2015 and has since not moved on from Kwabena Agyepong’s support for one of two aspirants who had challenged him for the NPP’s Parliamentary ticket for Suame during the ruling party’s Parliamentary primary in the build-up to the 2016 elections.
With the nature of the membership of the committee, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong himself is said to be looking forward to a bad rap.
Inside sources however say that, the Akufo-Addo orchestra that is tuning up to sing adieus to the former General Secretary is not oblivious of the propensity of the man to fight back.
So far, following the suspension of Mr. Agyepong, along with Paul Afoko and Sammy Crabbe in 2015, only Kwabena Agyepong has not played the litigation card – both Afoko and Crabbe have since gone to court.
With this being the case, it is feared that Kwabena Agyepong will be pushed to play the litigation card if he is sacked outright from the party. To temper this, sources say that the pro-Akufo-Addo forces are considering a class action that will see the sack of Paul Afoko and Sammy Crabbe, as well.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo is working behind the scenes to get his loyalists voted into executive positions in the party’s upcoming national executive elections. Along with his preferred candidate for General Secretary post, because of whom he is scheming to get Kwabena Agyepong sacked, a list of many other candidates he is supporting has been lined up.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels