An aspiring flagbearer of the NPP, Kennedy Agyapong, has denied the content of a video in which he was heard saying that the NPP was “looting the country as if there was no tomorrow”.
He insists the said video, which has been widely circulated, was concocted purposefully to create disaffection towards him.
The MP, in a statement, explained that portion of the offending video was culled from a private meeting with some party communicators in Kumasi over the weekend, “and edited to purposefully create disaffection towards me, Ken Ohene Agyapong, and to bring the Akufo-Addo government into disrepute.”
“I wish to state that this is a complete and unfortunate misrepresentation of the actual content and focus of my message at that private event in Kumasi,” he noted.
Explaining what transpired at the event, Mr Agyapong said: “I lamented the fact that our communicators were letting the party down and that every government would have its fair share of corruption cases, especially in 8 years, but because of one or two bad cases which the authorities were handling in a transparent manner as it should be, we have, sadly, allowed the ruthless opposition propaganda machinery, the mass media and the social media to create the deadly impression that NPP was looting as if there was no tomorrow, including allegations of stashing funds abroad.”
He added: “Indeed, I told the gathering not to be fooled by the lies against our government and party. I also expressed my anger and unhappiness about the way we were allowing ourselves to be unfairly bashed in the media, especially social media, as if we were worse than the NDC, which is certainly not the case.”
He said he was “fully aware of the commitment shown by President Nana Akufo-Addo, in deeds and institutional reforms, in combatting the canker of corruption in Ghana and the challenges that entails.”
“I remain a committed member of our great Party, and hope to lead us in our quest to ‘break the eight’, as together, we face John Mahama and the NDC for the SHOWDOWN on December 7, 2024,” he added.
In a telephonic interview with the Daily Statesman yesterday, Armstrong Esaah, a spokesperson of Mr Agyapong challenged the authenticity of videos circulating on social media.
Mr. Esaah insisted that the videos were “doctored”, and should not be taken at face value. “These videos are nothing but malicious attempts to tarnish Ken’s reputation. We categorically deny that he made any such statements. It’s clear that these videos have been manipulated to deceive the public,” he stressed.