President Nana Akufo-Addo’s prioritization of his party’s image over doing justice for the family and loved ones of the late Adams Mahama, murdered Upper East Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party, has been rubberstamped by the NPP itself.
And so it has come to pass that, following Bugri Naabu, the party’s Northern Regional chairman’s revelation that Gender Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba, and Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari, had a hand in the murder of Mr. Mahama, the ruling party has decided to ignore the facts.
Rather than investigate the heinous atrocity, the NPP has asked both Bugri Naabu and Otiko Djaba to write official apologies for starting the public quarrel that led to the revelations in the first place.
In an 11th May press release by the party and signed by its acting General Secretary, John Boadu, the public is told a meeting that the party’s National Council ostensibly held over the issue has asked for the two feuding party members to bury the hatchet.
It said, the meeting which had been chaired by the party’s acting National Chairman, Freddy Blay, and attended by President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Bawumia and former President Kufuor, had severely rebuked both Otiko Djaba and Bugri Naabu over the public altercation that has revealed that the NPP murdered its own regional chairman.
“The meeting expressed strong disapproval and regret against the actions and utterances of the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Northern Regional Chairman.
“Even though the two apologized profusely, the meeting severely reprimanded them and bonded them to be of good behaviour. They were also asked to put their apologies in written statements.” Finito!
The statement has since been a source of disappointment to journalists and political pundits alike who had waited expectantly for more drastic recommendations, with many expecting a dismissal of both Otiko Djaba and Bugri Naabu from office.
It was also expected that the police would be invited to take over the case and let Bugri Naabu help with investigations into the gruesome murder of the late Adams Mahama which Naabu claimed had been masterminded by Otiko Djaba and Rockson Bukari, the Upper East Regional Minister.
The disappointment of journalists has been particularly poignant because immediately the party’s National Council meeting had ended, John Boadu, the NPP’s Acting General Secretary, had whetted the appetite of newshounds, promising that the Council had reached decisions that would be “far reaching” for the party and the country when it was later announced.
Apparently, that “far reaching” decision was the Council’s recommendation that all party officers concurrently holding executive office should resign their party office duties! Big deal!
It has since become clear that the NPP is really not interested in getting justice for the late Adams Mahama, while impressions about President Akufo-Addo as a total hypocrite have been deepened.
This is the same Akufo-Addo who approved the dismissal of former Chairman Paul Afoko and former General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, from office with the excuse that they were discussing party issues in public.
Messrs Afoko and Agyepong had quickly been removed from office when they had refused to pay a debt that the President’s cousin, and current Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, had shadily contracted for himself in the name of the NPP.
Mr. Ofori-Atta had allegedly forged the signature of the NPP’s National Chairman and taken the loan from Prudential Bank on the blind side of the party.
The shady deal by Ken Ofori-Atta however blew into the media when Chairman Paul Afoko and General Secretary Agyepong had refused to pay back the loan, asking Mr. Ofori-Atta to dance to his own music.
Soon, the Akufo-Addo-led NPP held a meeting and announced that Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong had been suspended. They still remain on suspension.
Again, President Akufo-Addo, who has not found it reasonable to dismiss Bugri Naabu as the party’s regional chairman and Otiko Djaba as the Minister for Gender, in spite of the fact that Naabu has been accused of accepting bribes in the form of goats, sheep and cows, and Otiko Djaba is a supposed murderer, acted differently in a similar scenario during the 2016 campaigns.
When Bugri Naabu, similarly accused former President John Mahama of bribing him to paint Akufo-Addo as a bigot, Akufo-Addo publicly professed his belief in Naabu’s allegation against President Mahama.
Claiming that Naabu’s allegation that the former President had paid him GHc300,000 so that Naabu would go on radio and claim that he Akufo-Addo was a tribal bigot, was true, Akufo-Addo had later said that the GHc300,000 supposedly given Naabu by President Mahama would be donated to charity.
Today, the same Naabu has revealed that Otiko Djaba and Rockson Bukari had secretly masterminded the gruesome murder of Adams Mahama in 2015 and the only thing Akufo-Addo can do is to ask him to go and write a formal apology!
Even so, the allegations are refusing to be wished away. Naabu had been believably specific, that Rockson and Otiko had held meetings in both Tamale and Bolga to plan the murder of Adams Mahama.
Mr. Mahama had been ambushed around his own house by his assailant and showered with pure acid which led to him dying from his burns later in hospital. Gregory Afoko, brother of Paul Afoko, sacked Chairman of the NPP, is in prison custody as the police are prosecuting him for the murder.
The Otiko Djaba and Bugri Naabu public quarrel had also thrown up nasty secrets, including the claims that Otiko is a lesbian, a bribe taker, irresponsible wife and a slut who goes around wreaking other people’s marriages.
According to Naabu, Otiko had locked her sick husband in their home and abdicated her wifely responsibility of cooking for him, while she goes about destroying other people’s marriages.
Bugri Naabu had flown off the handle when Otiko revealed that he was a bribe taker who took goats, cows and sheep from people in exchange for getting them appointments in Akufo-Addo’s government.
In that same altercation, it came to light that Bugri Naabu’s house has suddenly changed into an abattoir since Akufo-Addo became President, because Naabu is always slaughtering animals given to him as bribes.
Meanwhile, the NPP’s National Council meeting is said to have fixed 25th to the 27th of August, 2017 as dates for the party’s National Delegates Conference. The venue is Cape Coast.
The meeting is also said to have approved the party’s hosting of the International Democratic Union (IDU)’s 2017 Executive Meeting in Accra from the 18th to 21st of June.
President Akufo-Addo is also said to have briefed the meeting on the government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme, which according to the press release, has engaged 200,000 farmers and would eventually engage some 2.5million farmers. It also said some 1,200 agric extension officers have been trained as part of the revival of the Agric extension programme.
“Government has also set aside $100million to revive distressed but strategic and viable Ghanaian industries.”
It said the President also affirmed that a GHc1.2billion debt owed National Health Insurance Providers will be retired, while a legislation will be introduced in the next meeting of Parliament to establish three development authorities to set stage for the implementation of the government’s promised $1million per year to every constituency.
The statement said government will also introduce legislation in parliament when the august House comes back from recess, to establish the office of the Special Prosecutor.
Meanwhile, the President is said to have promised that all remaining appointments to his government will be completed by end of May 2017.