General News of Monday, 26 January 2015
General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyepong, has called on the General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to apologize to his colleagues for not showing up on Saturday’s Newsfile programme on Joy FM.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia, also known as General Mosquito, failed to turn up for a political discussion programme for General Secretaries on Joy FM’s Newsfile program over the weekend. Apart from Kwabena Agyepong, General Secretaries of the CPP and PPP, who were at the station and billed to appear with Asiedu Nketia also boycotting the programme because the NDC General Secretary failed to show up. Mr. Agyepong, Ivor Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and Kofi Asamoah Siaw of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) said they felt disrespected by Asiedu Nketia’s absence.
They were billed to discuss proposals for electoral reforms put forward by the country’s elections governing body, the Electoral Commission (EC). Attempts by the host of the programme, Sampson Lardy Ayenini and Producer Sedem Ofori to convince the three General Secretaries to stay for the programme yielded no fruits.
However, some analysts have castigated the three for refusing to take part in the programme, which led to its cancelation.
But Mr. Agyepong on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem on Monday expressed shock at the turn of events, insisting that Mr. Asiedu Nketia has consistently disrespected him and his other colleagues by continuously refusing to attend important events even when he has given his word.
He also chastised the producers of the show for not informing the others earlier about Asiedu Nketia’s no show.
“Nobody called to inform me that Mr. Asiedu Nketia was not showing up for the program, just to get to the studio and find out from the producers. In fact, that is not how to behave as producers of the show.
‘They should stop behaving as though they are afraid of Asiedu Nketia. He should be coming out to apologise because I will not take his absence lightly. We never boycotted the show. They should rather question him for that absence,” he argued.