Nana Takes a Bow; Pro-Alan Cash Group vows to resist Bawumia
Disturbing reports coming in indicates that the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo Addo may step down as the party’s presidential candidate later in the year to make way for his deputy Dr. Mahamud Bawumia to take over.
Akufo Addo’s cousin and current campaign fund manager, Ken Ofori-Atta has been penned down to become the running-mate of Dr. Bawumia if Akufo Addo should step down, this paper gathered.
According to party sources, this is mostly based on health grounds, as the 72 year old opposition leader appear to be wavering under the massive campaign pressure. This speculation has been confirmed by a pressure group withing the NPP –Save NPP Now, whose convener Baah Acheamfuo released a statement last week to confirm the potential stepping down of Akufo Addo.
“ We are reliably informed by impeachable sources in the Office of the NPP Flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa AkufoAddo, that he has been impressed upon by high ranking members of the party and other apparatchiks close to him, to step down as Flagbearer of the party in the 2016 elections (due to ill-health) for Dr. Mahamudu Bawumiah, his Running Mate to now become our Presidential Candidate,” Baah Acheamfuo, a former communications executive of the NPP wrote in a statement available to this paper.
According to Save NPP Now, the decision was reached after a recent “clandestine” meeting of some party bigwigs. “ This clandestine decision was reached and pushed by the “Akyem Cabal” whose interest is to hold on to the party as long as they wish
Baah Acheamfuo and Save NPP now have vowed to resist any attempt to impose Dr. Bawumia on the NPP as its eventual flagbearer because according to the group, this move contradicts the NPP constitution which does not make room for a Running Mate to automatically assume the Office of the Flagbearer in the event of a resignation by the substantively elected Flagbearer.
“ If Akufo-Addo wishes to resign, he should follow the laid down Constitutional process and allow for fresh elections to be conducted to elect a new Presidential Candidate. Therefore, we wish to assure our Flagbearer and those self-serving apparatchiks that we the members of SAVE NPP NOW! and the over 4 million law abiding members of the NPP, shall resist with all our strength, sweat, resources and possibly blood, any attempt to forcibly impose Dr. Bawumiah as Flagbearer on the party for the 2016 general elections,” the press statement warned.
“ We believe that is only Nana Akufo Addo who has been well packaged to secure win for NPP and for that matter won’t sit down unconcerned for any minority group to thwart the efforts of the populace in our great party.”
Save NPP now took a swipe at the party strongmen who have been cowed by the tactics of Akufo Addo and his loyalists at the helm of affairs. “Some of our leaders who were very strong and bold like Dan Botwe, Konadu Apraku, Jeo Gartey, Stephen Ntim, Hon. Addai Nimo, Hon.Isaac Osei just to name a few have been reduced to cowards. While others like Prof. Mike Oquay, Hackman Owusu Agyeman, C.K. Tedem Osafo Marfo, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Peter Mac Manu and others have also been reduced to sycophants and will dance to any tune played by the Akyem Mafias. Some of these so called elders and leaders I don’t envy. My most amazement is due to the fact that our most successful leader of our tradition H.E. John Agyekum Kuffuor has sat down unconcerned to allow the manipulation of these few Akyem Cabal to operate successfully. Is this the NPP that taunts itself as “party with the men”?
Save NPP now are suspicious that some faceless individuals may be lanning a sinister agenda to speed up the process by eliminating the NPP flagbearer and has therefore invited the criminal investigative agencies to quickly intervene
“ We wish to alert the National Security Council, Bureau of National Investigation, Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service and the International Community to hold close allies of the Nana Akufo-Addo, including his brothers responsible if anything untoward happens to him before the 2016 elections. The life of our Flagbearer is under threat by his closest associates as ones said by Kennedy Agyarpong!”
Akufo Addo has been a subject of concern in recent times after Africawatch exposed what it called an attempt to hide several chronic illnesses suffred by the NPP flagbearer, the magazine last month claimed Akufo Addo has chronic prostate cancer, damaged kidneys and a damaged heart.
Even though, aides of Akufo Addo have dismissed speculations about his health, he is said to have sneaked out of the country several times to seek urgent medical attention in London and South Africa.