Politics of Friday, 21 July 2017
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako has descended heavily on the National Chairman of the opposition NDC, Kofi Portuphy, describing him as a weak political leader who is allowing himself to be ordered around by the ‘boys in their party to engage in trivialities in the name of politics.’
Further describing the opposition party leader as disappointing and unassertive leader, Chairman Wontumi charged Mr. Portuphy to learn from Mr. Freddie Blay the acting national chairman of NPP on how to responsibly lead a party in opposition.
Speaking to newsmen after the NDC had held its press conference to counter that of the President’s media encounter, the NPP regional chairman expressed sadness that the NDC chairman still allows himself to be used as a puppet by ‘these so-called babies with sharp teeth’ to advance their political ambitions at the detriment of he (Portuphy’s) reputation.
According to him, the hurriedly organized press conference by the NDC led by Mr. Portuphy clearly shows that he never learnt from his counterpart in the NPP, reason why he is being used ‘disgracefully’ to do the dirty works for the party.
He stressed that “the NPP has been in opposition for eight years and the NDC saw the kind of responsible opposition leadership that we shown, however, sad to note that they did not learn from us,” Wontumi said.
He continued: “well…they were busily stealing from Ghanaians so they did not see the kind of civilized and responsible opposition we gave them, especially, coming from Freddie Blay in the round up to the 2016 elections. If the NDC and Portuphy want to be taken seriously by the good people of Ghana, then they should start learning from our chairman Mr. Blay.”
To Chairman Wontumi, it was difficult for the party to push Mr. Blay around into doing things that was contrary to his conviction, let alone to address something of which he was not privy to.
“This is what I call accountable, responsible and focused leadership”, the regional party chairman stated.
He urged Mr. Portuphy to challenge himself and lead his party well in ensuring that the country have a standard and credible opposition political party who can constructively check the government and put it on its toes.