Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, a presidential hopeful, has been summoned to appear before the Council of Elders of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) over his recent scathing comments about the party.

The invitation, according to sources at the party?s Asylum Down headquarters, has been extended to him for his recent comments which have generated heated controversy within the party.

At a forum organised by the Tertiary Education Students Confederacy of the NPP Alumni (TESCONA) in Kumasi two weeks ago, Dr Apraku, who was head of security of the party?s 2012 campaign team, called on NPP members to elect what he called ?a right leader? to ensure victory in the 2016 presidential election.
According to him, a right leader would help transform and improve the fortunes of the NPP and save it from losing power again.

Dr Apraku, who had already expressed interest in running for the presidential slot of the party, has since come under a barrage of attacks from party members for the comments.

He was thought to be undermining the party?s Presidential candidate in the 2012 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in order to have an upper hand.

But the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Offinso-North and Minister of Regional Cooperation and New Partnership for Africa?s Development (NEPAD) in the Kufuor administration, has stuck to his guns, justifying his position with the explanation that the NPP has suffered defeats in the last two presidential elections and should not suffer another in the 2016 elections.

He was the campaign manager for election 2008.

He is, therefore, expected to appear before the committee tomorrow, Thursday to answer questions in relation to his comments.

Apraku, by his recent scathing comments, which have generated so much controversy, has joined the rank of NPP stalwarts who have become open critics of the party including the likes of Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby, Dr Arthur Kennedy and Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe.

He recently issued a statement in which he indicated that some people in the party felt threatened by his decision to run for the flagbearership slot of the NPP for the 2016 general elections, claiming that ?some snake-tongued persons within the party have been hired to detract me from pursuing my agenda. But they will not succeed.?

Dr Apraku, who together with others contested but lost in the NPP presidential primaries in 2007 to Nana Akufo-Addo, said the conduct of these persons, if not stopped, would rather cause disunity and disaster in the party.

This was when he was alleged to have squandered money given to him by Nana Akufo-Addo during the 2012 electioneering campaign.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu


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