Politics of Friday, 20 February 2015
Former General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie popularly called Sir John wants the Power Minister to apologize for mocking the party’s “Won Gbo” demonstration.
The NPP on Wednesday embarked on a demonstration to protest what they say is the debilitating effect of the power crisis on Ghanaians and worsening economic situation in the country.
But in response to the protest, the Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor described the demonstration as a “health walk.”
Speaking on the Point Blank segment of Eyewitness News, Sir John argued that they embarked on the protest for “the majority of Ghanaians who are suffering,” hence it was necessary.
Sir John demanded an apology from the Minister and described his comments as insulting.
“…I have heard the [Power] minister arrogantly saying that we were just on an exercise and that we wanted to trim down. Let him delude himself by saying that we were just exercising. It’s an insult to the people of this country, and I wished that he had come to apologize to the people of this country for insulting our intelligence.”
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie rebuked Kwabena Donkor for the comments he made following the NPP’s Won Gbo’ demonstration on Wednesday.
Sir John suggested that the Minister’ time would be better spent trying to find solutions to the current energy crisis.
“Such arrogance must not be part of our politics. Those that the gods will destroy first, make them mad. If I were the minister, I should have been to the office first thing in the morning at 5 am with all his advisors asking what could be done in the immediate term to alleviate Ghanaians from this unnecessary and unwarranted problems that we find ourselves in,” he said.
Sir John also reiterated his confidence in the current executives of the NPP, stating that he believes they will lead the party to victory in 2016.
Responding to a question on whether he believes the current executives had done better than his administration, Sir John replied: “Of course, If they were not, I would be very disappointed. If you have a child, and you get to a certain stage and you did not train the child to move above where you reached then you would have not fulfilled your mission.”
He added: “I have left the party in very competent hands, and I have no doubt in my mind at all that they will lead us to the promised land. I am very happy that they have performed creditably, and they have put the doubting Thomases to shame.”