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Assin Central Member of Parliament for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Hon. Kennedy Agyapong has unleashed rancor on his party for their wrongful assessment of the leaked tape of the former Finance Minister, Mr. Osafo Marfo.
According to him, he saw nothing wrong with what Osafo Marfo was quoted to have said in the tape and that it was wrong for the NPP fraternity to disassociate themselves from the comments of their founding member in a meeting with council of elders in the Eastern Region.
In a panel discussion on Adom TV, the NPP MP condemned his political party [NPP] and said they will continue to be in opposition as long as they continue with their “book-long” behavior with their hasten conclusion to condemn their own people.
Mr. Agyapong described members of the NPP as people with no “common sense” and “fools.” They are “bogus,” he said and expressed regret being a member of the party; insisting that because of their “book long” attitude, “NPP will stay in opposition forever.”
He expressed disappointment over why Osafo Marfo in a conversation with his own political party people would be recorded secretly and leaked to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC). He said there was no way members of the NDC would go to a meeting and record themselves secretly and leak to their opponent.
“Do you know the things they [NDC] say, the strategies they put in place?”
Why then would someone from the NPP Council of Elders in the Eastern Region, when they met Osafo Marfo and he was giving them strategy, he would be secretly recorded. He described such a move as senseless.
He recalled that when Nana Akufo-Addo was quoted as being tribalistic with his “Yen Akanfuor” speech, he spoke to NPP members but someone recorded it and leaked it.
Again he quizzed, “has anybody in the NDC ever recorded any of their meetings and leaked it to the NPP? “I am not sure the NPP is ready to come to power.”
He said issues of hardships and difficulties in the country have been relegated to the background only for NPP people to be recording themselves secretly and leaking it to the NDC to do propaganda with it and therefore described NPP members as, “idiots, stupid people. I don’t know why I belong to that political party. They are idiots,” he said.
He condemned the party for disassociating itself from Osafo Marfo with regard to the leaked tape and said there was nothing wrong with Mr. Osafo Marfo’s comments especially as he did not insult anybody.
He said people were proud of their ethnic lineage irrespective of being Ewes, Gas or Northerners. “Why is it that when someone expresses himself of being a proud Akan, people have a problem with that? Are Akans not human too?”
He accused the NDC government of being discriminatory with recruitment into the police service, for instance on ethnic grounds and yet no one was talking about it.
Why are we being tribalistic, he questioned; stressing that he did not see anything wrong when President Mahama in 2012 elections told northerners to vote for him because it is true that he hails from the north.
Mr. Agyapong said even though he was an Akan, about 80 per cent of workers in his real estate business are from the Volta region, “because they can do the job”; adding “I don’t have a problem with anyone but NPP members should be proud that every political party has a stronghold and that the NDC should not be faulted for having the Volta region as their stronghold.”
“I can also confidently say that my stronghold is in the Ashanti region. There is nothing wrong with that but when it happens the party disassociates itself.”
“What did Osafo Marfo say? What is the truth, have you sat down with the man…common sense we don’t have it.”
Mr. Agyapong however recalled his comments in 2012 where he was accused of inciting Akans against Ewes and was subsequently charged with treason felony but was later discharged by the court.
He said the court discharged him because what he said had been “twisted” but after the court listened to the tape, he was discharged.
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