Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John

One of the founding members and former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Haruna Esseku has chastised the party?s General Secretary for always creating problems for the party.

In an exclusive interview granted XYZ news at his residence, Haruna Esseku, indicated that over the last 3 or 4 years, Sir John has created so many problems for the NPP as a party.

?How many times haven?t Sir John given us problems? If you are a media person, you must know that here is somebody who is always creating problems. We have always had a problem or trouble with our current General Secretary.

I?m sure if you are in the media, you can count about 10 or more from the last three, four years, since he has been Secretary. He has created problems for the party.

For example, when the National Executive Committee (NEC) meets, or the party meets, the National Executive Committee must approve of what has been said. The decision that?s been taken must be endorsed before it comes out but immediately the meeting ends, he feels that he is the Secretary so he should hint party members about what has been decided on,? he stated

Haruna Esseku however admitted that Sir John is now trying to overcome that behaviour and is not doing it as he started.

He also stated that the NPP has tolerated Sir John all this while because he has not yet infringed on the party?s Constitution in anyway.

?We are not planning to sack him or something because he has not broken any law. The laws that if you cross[ed] in our constitution, people should call for your dismissal or something, he?s not done anything getting to that so he?s been talking?.

Describing as ?not right?, the current raging debate within the party ? started by Sir John ? about who becomes presidential candidate ahead of the 2016 elections, Mr. Esseku said:

?I think it is too early to discuss who should contest what position. Let us all follow the Constitution. Anybody who is interested in the NPP and about this candidature, I?ll recommend to them to get copies of our Constitution and read who, what you should be before you can contest for any position and try to study the person looking for that job, whether he qualifies or not.

It was absolutely wrong for Sir John to say that. Not because he?s just Sir John but because he?s General Secretary of my party. If anybody, a good member of the party, says this and he?s not an official, I don?t mind. I just will say it?s his opinion but as the Secretary of the party, he knows what is going on within the party and some things you must do and must not do, so I don?t think it is quite right for him to have said so,? he said

He also opined that he believes the debate is being fueled by Sir John?s desire to retain his job at the Party?s forthcoming Congress where national executives will be elected for another four-year term.

?People want to be heard to enhance their position in these elections. That?s my personal view. It?s partly to help them retain their positions. I don?t criticise them for saying those things because I believe it?s just an attempt to let the NPP members know that they are still seriously alive and seriously would want to contest again,? Haruna Esseku stated. (XYZ NEWS)


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