General News of Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Former presidential spokesperson Koku Anyidoho says there were attempts to “bury” him “alive” after the death of his boss, John Atta Mills.
He said there was vile propaganda that he used to prevent then Vice President John Mahama from having access to the president.
According to him, people believed “Koku was loyal to President Mills, now that Mills is gone, why should he still be close to power. Let’s cut him off, after all, who is he?”
“After five years of the passing of Atta Mills, I know that I won’t [blow up]. There have been attempts to cut one off; not because you are lazy or inefficient, but only because you were loyal to the President,” he said.
The outspoken Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), said he had stomached a lot especially from elements within his own party for that reason.
Mr Anyidoho in an interview with Joy News’ Gifty Andoh Appiah said he was not power drunk but only spoke as the Head of Communications at the Presidency with conviction and knowledge.
He said there were many who did not have the courage to confront him and the few who did, tell him they misjudged him from afar.
“They tell me they did not know me well and they now have the opportunity to know me,” he said.
Frosty relationship with John Mahama
Regarding allegations of a frosty relationship between him and former President John Mahama, Koku Anyidoho hopes for an opportunity to sit down with Mahama for a chat to dispel the rumours.
Mr Anyidoho had implied in an interview this year that his relationship with Mr Mahama was merely an obligatory working relationship, noting that love was “conditional”.
He stated that, he loved the NDC as a party and that “leadership will rotate” adding that “I loved President Mills; I worked for President Mahama.”
He told Joy News that five years after the former president’s death, he still hasn’t sat down with Mr Mahama to have a chat adding the opportune time has not presented itself.
The former presidential spokesperson believes, he will one day have the chance to “tell people my side of the story and set the records straight.”
The NDC Deputy General Secretary said his uttermost responsibility is to the party and then to every leader that the party will produce, “whether in the front or backline.”