A member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Prince Adjei, says the achievements and contributions of the Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, to the NPP has ruffled feathers among some members.
He asserted that Mr Agyapong touting his financial and material contributions to the NPP since 1992 doesn’t amount to pride. According to him, it is a fact that galvanizes the grassroots to show loyalty where it is due.
“There is no better time to list achievements and contributions to the party than now. Former flagbearers of the party like Prof. Adu Boahen, President Kufour and President Akufo-Addo, at one point in time, made the party aware of their contributions when they were seeking its mandate to lead,” he said in statement yesterday
Mr Prince Adjei, who is affectionately called ‘Guy Gee,’ questioned whether these great personalities of the NPP were also talking too much or were bragging. “When did it become a crime to tell one’s achievements in his own party, especially if you want to seek their mandate as flagbearer?” he quizzed.
If for nothing at all, he noted, Mr Agyapong had helped many vulnerable groups and individuals in the party more than any other member.
“At least, his GHC20,000 that he gave to UCC TESCON members to support their movements in the 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections, is still fresh in the minds of TESCON members aside other numerous donations,” Prince Adjei noted in the statement.
He wondered which other party person is heard either privately or publicly, in appointing position or awarded with contract, doing such gestures.
“Some, we know are also of the view that the NPP government has dashed Kennedy Agyapong a lot of contracts and deals and has made enough money, hence, if he donates to the party, it should not be news. What these critics fail to remember is that the NPP tasted power only from 2000 and exited in 2008. So, during the opposition days from 1992 to 2000, who was giving Mr. Kennedy Agyapong contracts?” he asked.
Prince Adjei further claimed that even though Mr Agyapong did not benefit from any contract in the party’s opposition days, he was still helping the party financially.
He lamented why some government appointees like Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MMDCEs, Chief Executive Officers and Heads of State institutions who have held positions for the past six years running have not given any employment or financial support to the party’s grassroot supporters.
“There is no contract which is bigger than political appointment in a government that has run for 6 years so far. Even though, we are in power, many of our grassroot supporters are not happy. Have the critics, some of whom are government appointees, bothered to find out why our supporters are not happy but disgruntled?” he quizzed.
He believes that this is the time to let the downtrodden people in the party know that, if they continue supporting the party, it will come to a time that they will also be seeking the mandate of the party to serve.
He further reminded the rank and file of the party that the achievements and contributions in the party help to inspire other party people who feel that their support for the NPP had been in vain.