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ALLOTEY OPENS MORE FIRE ON NKETIAH: SAYS NDC CHIEF “VERY ARROGANT AND INDISCIPLINED”

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The internal wrangling in the opposition National Democratic Congress has hit the roof, with the crescendo of voices raised in protest against some leading members who have been blamed for the party’s excruciating and ignoble defeat in the 2016 general elections.

The internal wrangling in the opposition National Democratic Congress has hit the roof, with the crescendo of voices raised in protest against some leading members who have been blamed for the party’s excruciating and ignoble defeat in the 2016 general elections.

 

The recent in such fierce fire, in the run-up to the party’s impending national delegates’ congress has seen the former Central Regional Chairman, Bernard Allotey Jacobs, launching an attack on the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah.

Mr Allotey Jacobs is urging delegates to the party’s congress to reject the candidature of the incumbent General Secretary who is seeking another term because he is a “very arrogant and an indisciplined person.”

                                                                                                       Disrespect for leader

Speaking on Peace FM yesterday, Allotey Jacobs, in a pent-up mood, said Mr. Asiedu Nketiah had become very arrogant and does not respect anyone in the opposition party, including the National Chairman, Kofi Portuphy.

He said it was because of Mr Nketiah’s arrogance and lack of respect that he felt he should not be retained in office. He supports the candidature of Koku Anyidoho, the party’s Deputy General Secretary.

“I’ve declared to support Koku Anyidoho, but I’m not part of his campaign. But I’ve worked with him since 2006 and the sort of work we did to support late Prof. Mills to win the 2008 elections, it’s only Ambassador Victor Smith who can speak to this issue,” he stated.

Continuing his litany of accusations against the NDC General Secretary, he said: “I believe Asiedu Nketiah has become arrogant. He once forcefully snatched the microphone from the National Chairman at a meeting. Is that sign of respect for leadership, when you know that in opposition the National Chairman is the leader of the party? This incident happened in the presence of other national executive officers of the party, and no one can deny this.”

                                                                                                         Irrelevant proverbs

Still charged and fuming, the man who calls himself ‘Educated Fisherman’ said he still had issues with the Asiedu Nketiah campaign and return to power as NDC’s incumbent General Secretary.

“I have a lot of things to say about Asiedu Nketiah at the right time and he knows that me, Allotey Jacobs, I will say it as it is. Asiedu Nketiah’s time is up; he must go.”

Allotey also blamed Nketiah for the party defeat in the previous election. As far as he was concerned, Asiedu Nketiah’s contribution to debate and national conversation was suspect and only conspicuous in proverbs that had no meaning to ordinary listeners and the electorate.

“In our current dispensation, the NDC doesn’t need a General Secretary who will only go on air to show his prowess in churning out proverbs, without mounting a strong defence of the party,” he said.

                                                                                                          Intensity of scuffles

That the coming days and weeks are likely to see an intensity in internal wrangling among leading members of the party is revealed in factions developing along the campaign fronts of the two NDC General Secretaries – Asiedu Nketiah and his deputy, Koku Anyidoho.

While stalwarts in the Volta Region want an Asiedu Nketiah slot, those in the Central Region want a Koku Anyidoho slot, revealing clear pro-Mills and anti-Mahama sentiments in the political permutations in the NDC. Those in the Volta Region are asking Koku to step down for Asiedu Nketiah, but there are equally vehement calls from the Central Region against the Asiedu Nketiah ticket.

The ongoing internal fights is in spite of the interestingly quiet campaigning on the grounds with respect to the NDC flag bearer aspirants who include Sylvester Mensah, former NHIA Boss and Spio Garbrah, former Minister for Trade and Industry. Others are Professor Joshua Alabi, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies as well as Augustus Boadum Tanoh, a leading NDC cadre and former Majority Leader of the NDC, Alban Bagbin, who had been a thorn in the Mahama campaign from day one, when John Mahama lost the 2016 elections.

In all, almost a dozen aspirants are contesting for the NDC’s flag bearer slot coming on a couple of months from now.