Appiah Ofori: “Whoever Is Against Me Is a Potential Thief”

The NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, Hon. Paul Collins Appiah-Ofori, has hit shot back angrily at the Chairman of the party's Disciplinary Committee, Mr. Samuel Odoi Sykes, describing him as a shameful personality in the country’s political landscape. The anti-corruption campaigner further tagged the former ambassador and anyone who is against his anti-corruption crusade “a potential thief” who might want to “loot from government coffers”. “If he is in a position of power, he is likely to steal from government,” he stressed. Mr Odoi Sykes had in an earlier interview with Citi FM, a private Radio station in Accra, stated that “Hon. PC Appiah Ofori is in parliament by accident and therefore does not deserve to be in the honourable house.” According to him, the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa MP has demonstrated through his actions that he only wants the attention of the media and should therefore not be treated with any level of seriousness. In the said interview, the former High Commissioner to Canada said, for his consistent failure to appear before the NPP’s disciplinary committee, despite persistent attempts, PC Appiah Ofori should be neglected and “be treated with the contempt he deserves”. “I don’t have the time to waste on Appiah Ofori. He has demonstrated clearly that he has lost interest in the party. He is not an anti corruption crusader. The man just wants the attention of the media. He wants to be given the opportunity to move from one station to the other condemning the NPP,” he reportedly told Citi News. But, the NPP MP, who considers Mr. Sykes as a senior and denied any friction between them, expressed astonishment at the remarks. “I am not at loggerheads with Odoi Sykes...I have forgiven him for his comments, but I leave him in the hands of God…I have known him since 1979 before the NPP came into power, that is why I do not want to talk against him, he is an elderly man and I am very surprised that a former ambassador can say this, it’s disgraceful…the comments he passed,” he told PEACEFM News in an interview during the mid day bulletin. ”Any sound minded Ghanaian will bear with me that we need to fight against corruption…any body not in tune with my corruption drive is a potential thief and likely to steal from gov’t when assigned an official role,” he added. Sounding quite religious, Hon. P.C.Appiah-Ofori stressed that his passion for the truth is scripture inspired and quoted,” seek ye first the kingdom of God and all other things shall be added unto you,” to support his mantra “seek ye first the interest of Ghana and everybody will be prosperous.”