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Former Member of Parliament of the New Patriotic Party for Ahafo Ano South constituency, Stephen Kwaku Balado Manu, says the recent comments by economist and investment consultant, Mr. Kwame Pianim, might be borne out of his “poverty-stricken” life.

Hon. Balado Manu stated strongly that Mr. Pianim might have made such comments because he needs financial assistance from his sympathizers.

Reacting to the disparaging remarks by the one-time NPP staunch member on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” Thursday morning, Hon. Balado Manu told host Kwami Sefa Kayi that he (Mr. Pianim) came hard on the leadership of the party “because he wants to receive payment for his job done, maybe he’s not been paid, so he will be remunerated. It would have been better for him if we had understood it this way.”

Mr. Pianim, an outspoken politician, in an exclusive interview with Africawatch magazine, blamed the NPP national executives for exhibiting “intellectual and mental laziness”, adding that the party is heading in the wrong direction.

Mr. Pianim added that “the boycott [of the President’s inauguration] somehow portrayed the NPP executives as confused people”.

Mr. Pianim had called for “an emergency national congress of the party to decide on its boycott of certain key national events” and other activities involving the President.

According to him, the NPP leadership is “not thinking logically” and so, is going down “a dangerous slope” as a result of the decision to distance themselves from all events headlining the President.

But Hon. Balado, contributing to a panel discussion, surmised that the one-time NPP presidential hopeful does not seek the good of the party but only his parochial interest.

In a submission tinged with innuendos and proverbs, the former NPP MP questioned the rationale behind the remarks asking what his real motives are saying even “If it is the grand design of the National Council” to pave another way for Nana Addo (to still be the party’s flagbearer) “what is his problem? Is Nana Addo not an NPP member?...So, is he making those comments because he doesn’t want Nana Addo to lead again? What offence has Nana Addo committed against him?”

“I will understand him because it is hard to make ends meet. But he should remember that this is an NPP issue, if he has returned after leaving the party…If he has returned (because i'm not too sure if he is still an NPP member), let him not try to muddy the waters,” he stated.

Touching on the remarks made by another NPP stalwart, Dr. Charles Wereko Brobbey, who also shared similar views with Mr. Pianim on the party’s position, Hon. Balado described him as an “ingrate” because according to him, he has benefited immensely from the NPP and as a result, did not expect him to lash out at the leadership in the manner that he did.

Dr. Wereko Brobbey in a statement to the NPP leadership implored the party to direct its energies towards winning the 2016 elections and stop what he referred to as “self promotional gimmicks.”

He was appalled by the party’s decision not to take part in the two bye-elections in Akatsi and Buem, saying the reasons they cited were “illogical and nonsensical.”

"The NPP is boycotting Parliamentary bye-elections because it is in dispute with the EC. Why not extend this illogical and nonsensical act by asking all the Party’s MPs in all of the constituencies affected by the 4700 polling stations cited in the Supreme Court Petition to step aside from Parliament pending the determination of the case. Whilst we are at it, let the NPP in Parliament abandon the farce of taking part in the vetting of Ministers nominated by the President whose election they do not recognise, again until such time as the Supreme Court pronounces in the petition.

“Also, since it is only President Mahama who can commit the public funds of Ghana, let the NPP in Parliament suspend its participation in Parliament since that body’s agenda is only to debate and approve policies and programmes which impose a charge on the Public purse of Ghana," portions of his statement read.

He also held a view that the NPP should completely boycott Parliament since they are challenging the President’s legitimacy in court.

Hon Balado Manu
However, the former Ahafo Ano South MP, who raised a number of questions about the logic in the comments, explained that Mr. Wereko Brobbey may just be living up to his nickname “Tarzan” which he interpreted as “Champion”, hence an attempt by him to show off his bravado.

He said the conduct of Dr. Wereko Brobbey proves that he is an ungrateful person, adding that if he genuinely had a bone of contention with the party, he would have channeled his concerns directly to the party’s leadership.

“You, being the wise person; if everybody had gone to a different party or followed your UGM during the time you abandoned your Uncle’s legacy, where would the NPP have been?” he questioned.

He discounted claims that the NPP is gradually becoming an Akyem-based party and rhetorically asked if the tribes of the National Chairman, National Women’s Organiser, the National Youth Organiser and National Organiser indicate there are Akans or Akyems.

To him, their comments are an affront to the National Executive Committee (NEC), the highest decision-making body of the party and ex-President Kufuor, who in his wisdom, lobbied to have both personalities accepted as prodigal members.

In conclusion, the former NPP MP described the two, messrs Kwame Pianim and Dr. Wereko Brobbey, as nothing but “traitors”.
Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

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