Nana Akufo-Addo
Nana Akufo-Addo

When The aL-hAJJ in its last three editions reported of plots by NPP?s 2016 flag bearer, Nana Akufo Addo and his acolytes to finally get rid of beleaguered National Chairman, Paul Afoko and party General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, many were those who took it with a ?large? dose of salt, with others calling us names.

Nana Akufo-Addo
Nana Akufo-Addo

But the cat has finally been let out of the bag as Nana Akufo-Addo has now emphatically stated he is not ready in any way to work with the duo he is alleged to have referred to as traitors, working tirelessly to deny him his childhood ambition of becoming president of Ghana.

It would be recalled that this paper recently posited that the twice defeated presidential candidate was all set to play his last card in deposing Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong, with an intended National Council meeting right away after the Talensi bye-election, to consider a ?no confidence vote? on the present National Executives.?

The aL-hAJJ also revealed that although it has become ritual for Akufo Addo to visit the United Kingdom after participating in every major political activity since 2007, however, his latest trip to the Queen?s land was part of an elaborate and wider plot to boot out his perceived nemeses on the National Executive Committee of the party, albeit, without his physical presence in the country.

This paper can also confirm that before Nana Akufo-Addo junketed to his cooling base in the UK, he passed a damning verdict on Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong in a secret meeting with a section of the party?s national executive at his Nima residence.

At the said meeting which was intended to firm up the impeachment plot before his departure, Nana Akufo-Addo was quoted to have furiously stated ?I can?t work with these traitors (Afoko, Agyapong and Sammy Crabbe), whatever it will take, we?ve got to get rid of them and, as soon as practicable?.

According to a highly placed source who pleaded anonymity, in order to escape the criticism that greeted previous attempts at getting the duo impeached, and also in order not to be seen to be behind the latest machinations, Nana Akufo-Addo purposely decided to leave the shores of Ghana with instructions to his surrogates to convene a National Council meeting, ostensibly, to deliberate on the way forward for the party after the Talensi bye-election, and also the aftermath of the death of former Upper East regional chairman of NPP, Adams Mahama.

But, their real intention for such a meeting, which is on the blind side of Afoko and his ilk on the national executive was that, before Nana Akufo-Addo?s return to Ghana at the end of this month, the National Council would have passed a vote of no confidence on the Afoko-led administration.

This will then pave the way for an emergency national congress in accordance with article 10 of the NPP?s constitution, to elect new national officers.

Apparently, the embattled National Chairman who may have picked intelligence on this fresh plot to get rid of him and others using the National Council, also devised a strategy in order to neutralize the scheme. In a desperate attempt at asserting his authority, Paul Afoko last week called a steering committee, but to his utter dismay, it was a fiasco as most of the executives failed/refused to turn up. All known pro-Akufo Addo elements on the National Executive Committee boycotted the meeting.

The beleaguered National Chairman, according to our sources, had called the steering committee meeting to, among other things, review the recently held Talensi bye-election which the party lost and plan the way forward for the NPP ahead of the 2016 elections.

But, the source indicated that the chairman?s effort, which was intended to consolidate Nana Akufo-Addo?s dream of unseating President John Dramani Mahama in the next presidential election, was shredded into pieces by assigns of the NPP?s 2016 flag bearer.

Although the date, venue and agenda for the steering committee meeting was communicated to all members ahead of time, all persons required to be at the meeting, except Paul Afoko, Kwabena Agyapong, Otiko Afisa Djaba and C.K Tedam, boycotted it, our source added.

The decision to boycott the steering committee meeting, The aL-hAJJ?s, intelligence revealed was supposed to have come from the twice defeated presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Sources say Nana Akufo-Addo and his henchmen were of the firm believe that if the steering committee meeting was allowed, it would draw down the curtains on their proposed National Council meeting and the planned ?no confidence vote? on the Paul Afoko-led administration.

The steering committee meeting was scheduled for last Thursday, July 16, 2015 at the Airport West Hotel in Accra, but a source alleged Nana Akufo-Addo, who is cooling off in the United Kingdom, warned his controlling loyalists on the National Executive Committee not to attend.

This latest move by the Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong internal rivals, party insiders revealed, was in line with The aL-hAJJ?s recent publications that Nana Akufo-Addo?s hurriedly planned trip to the UK coming just after the Talensi bye-election was to pave the way to roll out fresh strategies to boot out the National Chairman, General Secretary and other perceived anti-Akufo-Addo members among the National Executives.

Prior to their victory at the Tamale congress, Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong have been variously tagged anti-Akufo-Addo, who are working to deny him the presidency at his third and, possibly final attempt.

Even when the party delegates snubbed the vile campaign against the duo and Nana Akufo-Addo?s admonition few days to congress that he ?cannot work with them if they are elected?; the pair went ahead to win their respective positions but have since, seen no peace.

The last straw to break the camel?s back was the unrest in the party that led to the tragic death of the party?s then Upper East regional Chairman, Adams Mahama, who was also a frontrunner in ferocious proxy fight for Nana Akufo-Addo to limit the powers of Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong.

Activating the rehearsed plot few days after Nana Akufo-Addo left the shores of Ghana, two of his (Akufo Addo?s) key officers on the national executive committee, John Boadu and Nana Obiri Boahene virtually, albeit unwittingly, confirmed the thinking on the mind of the NPP flag bearer.

Responding to allegations that he wrote memos requesting cash for party events, including allegation of sponsoring Yvonne Nelson?s ?Dumsor Vigil? the National Organizer of the NPP, ?in his usual ranting best, said ?how can you be in a party and leak its information to the media. Any time we discuss an issue it finds its way in the media.?

Worried about these developments, John Boadu sarcastically promised to in future, copy the media anytime he writes a memo to his General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, obviously, blaming the General Secretary for the leaks.

?I write memos to my GS (General Secretary) and all I see the next minute is sections of the media discussing its contents,? he stated; adding that some persons who have an agenda against the party?s flag bearer were behind such schemes.
According to the NPP national Organizer, ??What everybody must understand is that Akufo-Addo is our flag bearer and nothing they do can change this.?

On his part, the deputy General Secretary of the NPP, Nana Obiri Boahen, who recently denied friction in the party by claiming ?the NPP was as united as Manchester United?, ?reaffirmed John Boadu?s claim; that some ?enemies? in the party are scheming to keep it in opposition.

According to Lawyer Obiri Boahen, some people at the helm of affairs who don?t support the candidature of?Nana Akufo-Addo are doing everything possible to ensure the NPP loses the 2016 general elections.

Nana Obiri Boahene made the statement when he was reacting to a decision by General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong to send another lawyer to the Sunyani High Court even though he [Obiri] claimed he had been mandated by the chairman of the Constitutional and Legal Committee of the NPP to defend the party in a suit.

According to the Sunyani based legal practitioner, the embarrassment he suffered at the court has given more credence ?to the hidden agenda by some people in the party to prevent Nana from coming to power?.

?I call on all stakeholders in the NPP to address this power struggle because if the status quo remains, NPP should forget 2016? he added. He however, subsequently, rendered an unqualified apology to the judge, the plaintiff and other lawyers for the fiasco in court.

Source: The Al-Hajj

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