Kwabena Agyapong says he had no knowledge of a Steering Committee meeting held by a section of national executives.
The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyepong, has stated categorically that there is no bad blood between himself and the party’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.
He observed that those spreading the false rumours were enemies within whose only wish and desire was to see the NPP in disarray, urging his party members to treat the rumours with contempt.
According to him, some hidden faces were trying to sow a seed of rancor among the NPP leadership so that the largest opposition political party’s front would break ahead of the next elections.
“Nana Addo and I spoke for 45 minutes last Sunday. We are on very good terms and I gave him my piece of mind. We met about four times last week. He is someone I have served for a long time.”
Mr. Agyepong recounted how he campaigned for Nana Akufo- Addo when the latter contested for the NPP flagbearership in 1998, stressing that he and Nana Akufo-Addo had since that time related to each other in a brotherly manner.
“When he needed help as a presidential candidate in 1998, some of us had the courage to support and travel with him across the country so he knows what I have done for him,” he stated.
In an interview on an Accra based Okay FM, Kwabena Agyepong said he has a good relationship with the flagbearer but some party members want to cause a rift between them.
His comments comes at the back of an emergency Steering Committee meeting which was held by some national executives in the absence of the National Chairman, Paul Afoko and the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong.
He said, “Some people are bent on causing a rift between the two of us because they don’t want us together so anytime they see that Nana Addo and I are getting close, then they start spreading lies about me.”
On Tuesday, May 5, the Vice Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay held an emergency meeting without the knowledge of Mr. Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong.
Kwabena Agyepong said he was unaware of the emergency steering committee meeting held at the NPP headquarters on Monday, whiles its National Chairman Paul Afoko according to Freddie Blay was out of Ghana and expected to return this week.
According to him (Kwabena Agyapong), even though he had a message from the personal secretary of Freddie Blay about the intended meeting but told the national officers that the issues tabled for discussions was not urgent therefore should be postponed to a latter day.
He continued that, “My in-law had passed away and you know that in Ghana, if your in-law dies, you are supposed to help your spouse. I was in Nkoranza and they called me that there is an emergency meeting.”
“I told them that the issues they want to discuss at the meeting is not urgent and also at 10 am on Monday, I will not be able to come to Accra but if they give me 24 hours, by that time, the chairman will be in Ghana then we can discuss whatever issue there is to discuss.
They didn’t agree to my suggestion and they went ahead and had the meeting.” “That after Monday’s meeting the party chairman, Paul Afoko arrived in Ghana at 12 o’clock on Tuesday while he also returned from Kumasi at 1:25 on Tuesday. This meeting could have waited for Tuesday at 3 o’clock and all of us would have been present,” he added.