The 2008 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who has decided – not to criticize President John Evans Atta Mills for at least six months, is going to renege on his pledge, The Chronicle newspaper reports.
This paper has gathered that the former NPP candidate is deeply worried about the actions of government operatives against known NPP members, which is contrary to the President’s assertion to ensure unity, peace and above all to be the father of the nation.
The Chronicle was informed that what traumatized the former Abuakwa South legislator was how his running mate, Dr. Bawumia, was subjected to harassment and detention of his vehicles at the Tamale Airport last week, and the rampant seizure of vehicles belonging to private individuals.
According to aides close to the NPP guru, the actions of the operatives of the government have set tongues wagging because consistent appeals by him (Nana Addo) and the NPP leadership to the President to call his supporters to order, has fallen on death ears.
According to the source, though Nana Addo had accepted the apology rendered to him by the government over the unlawful seizure of his car, however, the recent harassment of Dr. Bawumia has rendered the apology worthless.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As a human rights activist, he deems it fit to cut short his trip and break his silence by taking the fight to President Mills. Nana has been under pressure from the party members on these issues of harassment, and he has planned to seriously fight for the party members,” one of the aides said.
When Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere -Darko, the Executive Director of Danquah Institute and one of the Aides to Akufo-Addo was contacted, he confirmed the story.
“I am aware that a lot of concerns within the party have reached Nana Addo, but he has decided not to speak even, though that is not his style. He has now decided to speak,” he said.
Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko hinted that though Nana Addo was not noted for keeping quiet, especially on matters of human right issues, he was of the view that President Mills should be given ample time to work, stressing that he would contradict his own decision to keep mute for at least six months.
“He has been very unhappy with certain developments after the elections and is considering seriously speaking on these matters any moment from now,” he said.
Mr. Asare Otchere-Darko, who travelled with Nana Addo outside the country and returned last week, could not tell exactly when his boss would speak, but hinted that Nana Adds has already-spoken to Dr. Bawumia on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Chronicle has learnt that the NPP leadership would organize a press conference this week over similar issues.