National Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Paul Afoko, has cautioned party members – especially splinter groups campaigning on behalf of some key figures of the political grouping for the flagbearer position – against indecorous behaviour which he noted, could thwart the party’s chances of winning the 2016 general elections.
According to Mr. Afoko, the party, as part of efforts to sanitize its communication structure, would not hesitate to sanction anyone who would seek to jeopardize the unity that exists in the party.
‘NPP is bigger than any individual and we will use the necessary tools at our disposal to sanction anyone whose action compromises party unity without fear or favour,’ he stressed.
Paul Afoko’s warning stemmed from smear campaigns being mounted by some splinter groups sympathetic to NPP’s 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo and flagbearer aspirant, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, ahead of the party’s presidential primaries in December.
Groups such as ‘Get Alan Kyerematen Elected (GAKE)’ and ‘Concerned Crusaders of Nana Akufo-Addo (CONAA)’ have launched vitriolic attacks aimed at undoing each other.
GAKE is being led by a UK-based returnee, Katakyie Kwame Opoku Agyemang, who is National Coordinator.
But on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Thursday, Paul Afoko condemned such acts, describing them as ‘inconsistent with the NPP’s tradition.’
The NPP National Chairman, who said he is allergic to the use of unsavory language in the field of politics, wondered whether the people involved are true NPP members.
‘I sometimes think those people who behave like that have been paid because no genuine member who wants the NPP to come back to power will behave like this,’ he stressed.
Paul Afoko said because some people underestimate him as a leader, ‘from now onwards, I will not hesitate to crack the whip’.
He added, ‘I will not bow to anybody because losing a third election is not an option. As chairman and leader of the NPP, I will not sit and watch some people derail our chances of winning the 2016 elections’.
Paul Afoko appealed to Nana Akufo-Addo and Alan Kyerematen to call their supporters to order for a united front in 2016.
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