There are no factions in NPP – Kufuor’s aide

The Office of former President John Kufuor has dismissed claims of the existence of two main factions in the New Patriotic Party (NPP); the Nana Akufo-Addo and Kufuor factions.

Since the NPP delegates elected new executives last Saturday, there have been speculations in the media that the new crop of NPP national officers are from the camp of ex-President Kufuor.

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia earlier told Citi News “when you look at the new crop of leaders, it is clear that it almost represents a coup d’état from President Kufuor’s faction. He has taken over the party again.”

An aide to the ex-President, Frank Agyekum in response said: “I didn’t expect Johnson Nketia to say anything conflicting about the NPP. There is nothing like a Kufuor coup or a Kufuor faction, coming into office. Everybody there is an NPP member, so it is unfortunate for anybody to say that there is a Kufuor faction or so. It is a pigment of their imagination.”

Mr. Asiedu Nketia also stated that the old NPP executives have been punished by the delegates for contributing to the party’s loss in the 2012 elections.

In a rebuttal, Mr. Agyekum clarified that the delegates only elected the national executives based on their competence.

“What is important is that the delegates who met decided to choose who they think can lead the party at a certain point in time. The delegates who met in conference in Tamale, believe that these are the people, who can lead them into victory in 2016,” he said.

By: Marian Efe Ansah/