General News of Wednesday, 21 September 2016
The General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has accused the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) of using traitors within the NDC to orchestrate the removal of the Majority Leader in Parliament Alban Bagbin, from his Nadowli-Kaleo seat.
There have been rumours that the Presidency is scheming to cause the defeat of Mr Bagbin because of the bad blood between him and President John Mahama.
The astute legislator had publicly criticized President John Mahama of running a government for his family and friends and demanded that the party takeover the running of the presidency because “it is the party that promised the people” and got him elected.
But addressing the Nadowli-Kaleo Traditional Council in Wa, Wednesday, John Asiedu Nketia aka General Mosquito denied the rumour saying that the President is at peace with Hon. Bagbin and will not do anything to rock his boat going into the December 7 election.
He alleged that it was rather the opposition NPP which has engaged traitors in the NDC to remove Mr Bagbin who has served as MP for the past 24 years.
“It is not everybody that wants Bagbin in Parliament and those who dread his name want to find ways of removing him from Parliament. If they come frontally they know they will be defeated, so they are coming through us the NDC, the NPP… the name they fear in Parliament is Bagbin, and when they fear you and know they cannot attack you frontally because they know when they attack you frontally and unmasked themselves as NPP attacking Bagbin… they know NDC will come round and defend Bagbin. So they go behind and use some of the NDC people so that they will appear to attack from within and then NPP will say it is his own people who are attacking him and we don’t have anything to do with it, it is a lie.”
He added: It is NPP that is using pliable NDC hands to do that agenda, so those pliable NDC hands are traitors, and Nelson Mandela says a traitor is worse than the enemy himself. So we are clear in our minds in Accra, from the leadership of the party, President Mahama sends me to tell you that those who are rumouring around that it is in his interest to see Bagbin out of Parliament…they are not NDC people. President Mahama is not sponsoring any candidate in Nadowli-Kaleo here and no genuine NDC person is sponsoring other candidate in Nadowli-Kaleo. So our one and only candidate here is Alban Bagbin, NPP when they want to destroy you they use your own people around you to destroy you.”