Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has quizzed the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) whether the party has not benefitted from Kwame Pianim for him to be ridiculed by some party bigwigs if the party claims to be liberal.
Andrews Kwame Pianim a celebrated Ghanaian business economist and a member of the NPP was reported to have told the Africawatch magazine that the New Patriotic Party needs the courage to confront the 2012 electoral defeat because “it is good for democracy and the nation”.
The candid politician also blamed the NPP national executives for exhibiting “Intellectual and mental laziness” before, during and after the 2012 general election.
Speaking on Hello FM in Kumasi over the weekend, Hon Kennedy Agyapong expressed concern over how the party is handling the issue, since he believes the celebrated economist has every right to criticize the party he belongs to.
“If we (the NPP) say we are liberal democrats, then why must we tarnish the image of Pianim when he is expressing his views? Are we (the NPP) saying that we have never benefitted from Kwame Pianim? let us speak the truth? Let us ask ourselves a question that, is there any merit in what he said? That is the difference between NPP and NDC, but now there is no difference between NPP and NDC because now whatever you will say, party bigwigs will attack you. That is wrong,” he said.
“…I (Kennedy Agyapong) still support what Kwame Pianim said because he has the right as a member to criticize the party. What is wrong with us (the NPP)?” he added.
The outspoken NPP MP cited an example of how P.C. Appiah-Ofori asked the public to grill his source of wealth when he raised issues about the ministerial vetting boycott by the minority caucus in parliament.
“What P.C. Appiah-Ofori did to me, asking where I get my money from and a whole lot of things, if they (the NPP) do that they are destroying the party. I will continue to say the truth. Go and sample opinions of ordinary people who are not members of the NPP but voted for us,” he lamented.
He however said; “If you have confidence in the court that the sitting President can be deposed after the court’s verdict, how much more his (President) apprentice who is a minister. Let us say the truth and stop insulting. I (Kennedy Agyapong) have been accused of taking bribe from the NDC recently, that is why I speak against the party. Can this be possible?” he asked in a voice tinged with incredulity.
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