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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ken Agyapong flares up: Take NPP to Ashanti, I’m tired, useless man

Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin North
Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin North

The emerging resentment within the New Patriotic Party over allegations of executive alignment to blocks seeking the presidential candidature of the party on Wednesday turned nasty on Accra-based Hot FM.

The Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, who would not be restrained, poured out harsh words on an elder of the party in the Ashanti Region, for daring to reprimand him (Kennedy) employing what he thought were unkindly words.

Nana Adu Asabere, a former chairman of the NPP at Asante Akim North, had described Ken Agyapong as too proud and boastful, because he had suggested that a lot of money (including his) was going into the campaign efforts to elect a party flagbearer, as well as building the NPP into a formidable party and should therefore be spared what he thought were needless distractions.

Kennedy Agyapong had himself publicly lampooned Kennedy Kankam, suspended as Ashanti Regional Organizer for openly declaring support for Alan Kyerematen’s bid to be elected flagbearer.

On Hot FM on Wednesday, Nana Adu Asabere counseled that if anyone had any piece of advice to offer within the party on any perceived wrong, it should be held away from the public, describing also Agyapong’s claims of sinking a lot of money into the party as boastful and in Akan parlance, a display of high pride.

And that got Kennedy Agyapong exploding, refusing to be restrained by programme host, Adakabre Frimpong-Manso, who tried frantically to redirect the discourse.

Kennedy repeatedly called Nana Asabre a “very useless man,” a “useless chief” and a “villager” who has been pampered and allowed to be destroying the NPP.

According to Agyapong, Nana Asabere is a very selfish person who should not be feared at all, telling him also that he (Kennedy) procured vehicles for the party’s campaigns in the area while he, Nana Asabere, hid his car placed it at the disposal of his family only.

He said he was tired of Nana Asabere and his ilk’s machinations in frustrating Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign efforts and if they so wished, they could go ahead and make the NPP an Ashanti only party.

Caller after caller after the tirade, bemoaned the sense of despondency gaining grounds in the party, and called for restraint on the part of leaders, so a united front could be forged to prosecute the party’s agenda for election 2012.

Story by Isaac Yeboah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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