Divisive Akufo Addo Haunted as Kwahu businessmen develop cold feet in funding his campaign.
The much-talked-about divisive tendency of Nana Akufo Addo, the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has come back to haunt him as he prospects for campaign funds from rich businessmen.
He was recently slapped with the reality when he visited the Kwahu Mountain area to meet and persuade rich Kwahu businessmen and women to finance his 2016 Presidential campaign. This paper can report that the businessmen and women told him point blank that he will get their support on condition that he brings true unity to the NPP he leads.
Those who met him told him that they had no qualms supporting him, since they did same in 2008 and 2012, all of which he failed to win the Presidency.
This time, they are convinced that the bane of his failure is his reputed divisiveness that has dogged the party since becoming flagbearer.
Businessmen from Kwahu are reputed for their impressive wealth from trading activities and most have often backed the NPP, but this year, they appear to be developing cold feet.
According to deep throat party sources, the NPP may not be able to beat the incumbent National Democratic Congress at the polls in December, unless the front of the main opposition party is united.
Nana Addo’s entourage to Kwahu included former President John Agyekum Kufour and renowned Kwahu businessman Agyei Baah (also known as Shaba) who became an independent Member of Parliament after falling out with the NPP in 2008.
The presence of the two prominent officials was intended to create the impression that the leadership of the NPP has buried its differences, but the move, according to party sources failed to convince the Kwahu businessmen who still raised questions about some other top party members suspended under an Akufo Addo leadership.
Since he became NPP’s flagbearer, Akufo Addo has earned a reputation for the relentless war on people perceived as dissenters to his leadership style. Several constituency, regional and national officers of the party have been given the boot in line with his “house-cleaning” agenda of Akufo Addo.
His most outstanding feat was the suspension of the party’s National Chairman, PAUL Afoko, General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong and Second Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe for what was described as acts of misconduct aimed at sabotaging his Presidential ambition.
The vacant positions were quickly filled with party officers known to be very loyal to Akufo Addo. Freddie Blay; a personal friend of Akufo Addo and the then Vice Chairman of the party took up the position of Paul Afoko while a well-known ‘Akufo Addo boy’, John Boadu took over the General Secretary role.
Paul Afoko, Kwabena Agyepong and Sammy Crabbe were all suspended by the NPP’s National Executive Committee, NEC for what party insiders say was an aftermath of a face-off with between the trio and Akufo Addo loyalists at the helm of the party over a trend of unbridled spending of party funds by Akufo Addo’s apparatchiks.
Already, party funds were being ghosted through secret accounts with the help of the NPP’s National Treasurer, Abankwa Yeboah and the current Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay.
A hastily composed Disciplinary Committee was set up to affect the ultimate discipline on the three. In its recommendations, the committee said the best option to bring sanity into the opposition party was to indefinitely suspend three of its top ranking executives a few months to major general elections.
During the meeting with the Kwahu businessmen, they are reported to have insisted that the suspensions of individuals such as Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong should be revoked to demonstrate that Akufo Addo was willing to mend broken fences in the sharply divided opposition party.
The meeting in Kwahu is said to have ended inconclusively as Akufo Addo desperately seeks for funds for his campaign. It has been reported that other potential financiers have also expressed the same sentiments and has resulted in a squeeze campaign funds for the NPP.
The party is said to be currently broke and may not be able to adequately fund its 2016 campaign.