It is said that, every man has a price no matter what, but for the suspended General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), all it took was for him to be part of the Presidential fleet touring the country in state-owned vehicles to forget his biggest ordeal as politician, and call for additional years for the President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Kwabena Agyei Agyapong in a Facebook post Friday, October 30, 2020, declared “over the last month I have been privileged to have joined His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his official working visits to the regions. The tour has showcased the remarkable delivery of Roads, Health, Agriculture, Education, Water and Sanitation infrastructure which has been equitably distributed around the country”.
He explained that “many facets of the lives of our people have felt the positive impact of this massive roll out of projects in barely 4years”, adding “from my observations I am hopeful and confident that Ghanaians will renew the mandate of President Akufo-Addo and the NPP with a resounding endorsement come Dec 7th”.
He charged, “Fellow Patriots let all hands be on deck and all shoulders put to the wheel to ensure 4MoreYears 4Nana to do More. Service, sacrifice, selflessness”.
Mr Agyapong’s tenure as General Secretary of the then opposition NPP, was the shortest in the history of the party.
With huge divisions in the party between the Kufuor bloc and Akufo-Addo bloc, he was not expected to become General Secretary, but the wise decision of the NPP delegates who converged in Tamale, Northern Region for the national executives’ conference, to have him as their chief scribe.
In the race for the General Secretary, were Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie; Captain Nkrabea Effah Dartey (Rtd); Yaw Buaben Asamoa; Kwabena Agyapong.
The Chairmanship, had Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey (incumbent); Stephen Ntim; Paul Afoko; Fred Oware.
While, Youth Organiser Aspirants were: Sammy Awuku; Richard Nyamah; Emmanuel Atefah; Gifty Oware; Charles Adu Gyam; Pius Enam Hadzie. Michael K. Ampong.
But the delegates, had opted to blend the Kufuor camp and the Akufo-Addo bloc together so voted for Sammy Crabbe, Paul Afoko and Agyapong all known loyalists of the ex-President’s camp to be in the leadership of the party as National Second Vice Chairman, National Chairman and General Secretary respectively.
Having surprised the Akufo-Addo camp, who according to report of the day, looked confused and indecisive, and between the yet-to-be-buried Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie alias “Sir John”, Captain Nkrabea Effah Dartey (Rtd); Yaw Buaben Asamoa; Kwabena Agyapong, for General Secretary, the late Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey for National Chairman versus Fred Oware
Freddie Blay, another member of the Akufo-Addo camp, had already secured his position in the new national executive.
Barely had Mr Agyapong and Afoko taken office, then the confusion became apparent.
They were accused of championing the defeat of Nana Akufo-Addo by promoting “Agenda 2020” which will have Alan Kyremanten as NPP flagbearer in the December 2020 elections.
There were many scuffles at the NPP headquarters with pictures and video footages in wide circulation depicting the disarray in the opposition party.
The Invincible Forces, an armed militia in the party, took over the headquarters together with Hajia Fati many times, preventing Agyapong and Afoko from entering their offices to work.
Properties were destroyed, while people, including women, were beaten, stabbed and hospitalized.
Others came out from the hospital permanently deformed.
Several mediation measures at the headquarters sometimes by then Presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, did not yield any results.
Alarmed by the development, ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor, summoned some pastors and other religious leaders affiliated to the NPP to his Airport West residence to patch up the difference.
Those who attended the meeting included Moderator the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Prof Emmanuel Martey, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra Bishop Palmer Buckle and Pastor Mensah Otabil and many others, but the meeting came out inconclusive and the fight continued.
In a statement confirming the meeting, Mr Kufuor’s special aide and spokesperson, Frank Agyekum, said, “follows months of acrimonious and rancorous relation among the leadership of the party, which has led to suspicion and mistrust among the rank and file of the NPP, especially the aftermath of the death of Adams Mahama, Upper East Regional chairman of the party, through acid attack”.
Mr Kufuor’s statement said, the heads of the religious denominations, as well as some other prominent citizens in the country, were invited by the former President to help broker peace and brotherliness among the top hierarchy of the party.
It said, “The choice of these heads of the Christian denominations was based on the fact that most of the members of the party hierarchy involved in these ‘peace moves’ belong to the churches headed by them.”
Interestingly, not long after the meeting, the National Council of the NPP led by the late CK Tedem, considered petitions that got Afoko, Kwabena Agyapong and Sammy Crabbe, suspended as National Executives of the NPP. Freddie Blay, became Acting National Chairman from First Deputy National Chairman with John Boadu becoming acting General Secretary, combining with his national organiser position.
Other party members, including Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, Charles Wereko Brobbey, who dared to speak against the decision were also sacked.
It was reported that at the meeting to suspend them indefinitely, Mr Agyapong, who was accused among other things of being on the payroll of the Mahama government, collecting to a Toyota Land Cruiser from the then government, as well as getting a fully-funded scholarship for his wife who was a lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) to study in the UK, was said to have begged the council tearfully to be kept in office promising to turn a new leaf, but his pleas were ignored.
Meanwhile, insiders have said that “Kwabena Agyepong personally appealed to the President to join his tour of the Ashanti and Bono Regions! And the President agreed! That’s the truth!
“He was not invited by the President or the Party Leadership. He personally went to the President and indicated he wanted to be part of the tour. And the President accepted his request!!
The Herald, in September reported picking up reports that the former General Secretary, will join the Akufo-Addo 2020 campaign, as reports suggest panic in the ruling party, as well as the Akufo-Addo government with bigwigs being afraid of a defeat. At the time, the President is expected in the NPP stronghold of Ashanti Region, and reports from party insiders in Accra and Kumasi were that he will be seen with Kwabena Agyapong.
The paper reported that, the engineer turned politician, joined the national campaign with former Member of Parliament (MP) for Okaikoi South, Nana Akomea, is also penciled as one of the new faces of the campaign led by Peter Mac-Manu.
The two have indeed become part of the campaign team, but Paul Afoko, Sammy Crabbe, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe and Charles Wereko Brobbey, remain suspended.
Gregory Afoko, younger brother of Paul Afoko, who is accused of killing Adams Mahama, NPP Upper East Regional chairman, although Former Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, Daniel Bugri Naabu thinks otherwise, is still in police custody, despite bails and change of trial judges.
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