Koku Anyidoho, Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has urged the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, to desist from distorting the history of Ghana in an attempt to make J.B Danquah more important than Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and pitching the Convention People’s Party (CPP) against the NDC, the largest opposition party in the country the NDC.
He believes that some leading members of the ruling NPP, including Prof. Mike Oquaye, are embarking on an agenda to not only blame the misfortunes of the CPP, as a political party, on the National Democratic Congress but also to make its founder and leader Dr. Kwame Nkrumah unpopular.
Prof. Mike Oquaye is on record to have pointed accusing fingers at the NDC party as the cause of the current woes of the CPP and hinted that if the CPP is to survive, then their focus should not be on the NPP, but rather should concentrate on the NDC because they created confusion within the CPP.
“The CPP has been penetrated by the newly-created NDC and that they have created confusion within the party which was then broken and fragmented into six political parties. And I wrote if the CPP wants to survive, they should not look our way because we are not out to destroy them.”
“They must proceed to extricate themselves from the bowels of the NDC, then they will survive because as at now they are swallowed and, as a truism, they know or should know who swallowed them,” the Speaker said.
Mr. Anyidoho, in an interview, questioned how the NDC can have a hand in the destruction of the CPP and noted that the formation of both parties was on different dates and era and for that matter one among the two parties, the CPP, will be older and more experienced in its political ideologies for it to be manipulated by the NDC, which is quite young on the political scene.
“How can the NDC have a hand in the destruction of the CPP? First of all, the CPP was formed in 1949, it was at Arena, Kwame Nkrumah was the chairman, Komla Gbedemah was the Vice Chairman, Kojo Botsio was the General Secretary. When was the NDC formed?” He quizzed.
He then accused the UP tradition, which the NPP is an offshoot of, as those who orchestrated the destruction of the CPP through their connivance with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to overthrow Nkrumah government in 1968.
“The UP/Progressive Party, led by Kofi Busia and Edward Akufo-Addo, disbanded the CPP as political party in this country. They actually passed a law in the legislature outlawing the CPP as a political party. Kwame Nkrumah statues that were in Koforidua, Accra and some few other places were all vandalized. Publications and writings by Kwame Nkrumah which were in school libraries were all destroyed. That is how Prof. Mike Oquaye’s UP tradition destroyed and dismembered the CPP. NDC has got nothing to do with the CPP,” he stressed.