Tormentor-in chief of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Executive Editor of Africa Watch Magazine, Mr. Steve Mallory (aka Kwadwo Osei) has turned his attention on the Acting Chairman of the party, Freddie Blay, describing the NPP’s strongman as a greedy man.
He wrote in his latest edition of the magazine that: Perhaps if Blay had not been so greedy, Mahama would have gone for that interview, gotten himself hired, and moved to London for the job as it had all been arranged. Then the history of Ghana may not have been as it is today. But this fact does not change: The NPP was wrong with Blay then, and it is wrong with the man now.
According to Steve Mallory, “While a Member of Parliament for Ellembelle on the ticket of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) some years ago, the then-ruling NPP government was very generous to Blay, even making him the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament. He almost got everything he wanted from the NPP, and yet he was never satisfied”.
At the time, the former NPP dye-in-the-wool said some people inside the NPP had realized that John Mahama, then the MP for the Bole-Bamboi Constituency, could someday become president, so they were scheming to offer a cushy international job in the UK as bait to get him out of the country. Unaware of this plot, Mahama went ahead and applied for the job.
But when a letter arrived in Parliament inviting Mahama to come over to London for his interview regarding that job, the Speaker was out of town, and this invitation fell on Blay’s desk, so he secretly replaced Mahama with himself. He then went for the interview in London, failed miserably and returned home quietly. Blay’s greed destroyed that plan, and as fate would have it, Mahama finally became president.
Perhaps if Blay had not been so greedy, Mahama would have gone for that interview, gotten himself hired, and moved to London for the job as it had all been arranged. Then the history of Ghana may not have been as it is today. But this fact does not change: The NPP was wrong with Blay then, and it is wrong with the man now.
But enough of the past. The truth remains that Akufo-Addo’s ill health does not allow for a sustained and rigorous election campaign, and it does not do any favors to the party and even the presidential candidate himself. The man is struggling to maintain a sustained period on the campaign without breaking it off to seek medical attention.
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