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ANYIDOHO, OTHERS ARE 'BOUGHT MERCENARIES' NDC QUESTIONS LOYALTY OF DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARY

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The leadership of the National Democratic Congress has cast doubts over the loyalty of Koku Anyidodo, describing the party’s Deputy General Secretary and his associates as “bought mercenaries” working for the party’s “sworn political opponents” and against the progress of the opposition party.

The leadership of the National Democratic Congress has cast doubts over the loyalty of Koku Anyidodo, describing the party’s Deputy General Secretary and his associates as “bought mercenaries” working for the party’s “sworn political opponents” and against the progress of the opposition party.

Mr Anyidoho, a former Director of Communications at the Presidency during the regime of the late President John Evans Atta Mills, is on a fierce mission to unseat his boss, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, as the General Secretary of the NDC. The contest appears to be creating implosion in the party.

                                                                                             Unhealthy happenings

According to a statement signed by the National Chairman of the NDC, Kofi Portuphy, recent happenings in the party, especially the attempts by some high ranking executives to incite fellow party members against others, raise doubt about the loyalty of those engaged in the act.

“This gives credence to the long held position by true members of the current crop of executives that some of those we trusted were bought mercenaries of our sworn political opponents,” the NDC said in the statement.

                                                                                               Group fights Nketia

The party’s statement follows a recent press conference by the Young Democratic Forces (YDF), a pressure group within the NDC, who have urged delegates to the party’s impending congress to reject incumbent General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Deniz SaCut Amenga-Etego, YDF convener, said at the press conference that following the defeat of the NDC at the 2016 polls, it was important that the National Chairman, General Secretary, National Organiser and National Youth Organiser would all bow out of office. This, he said, would allow a new and clean slate for a fresh start towards election 2020.

“In this regard, we are happy to note that all the above mentioned National Executive Officers have decided not to seek re-election except Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia,” Mr Amenga-Etego added.

                                                                                                  Koku fingered

The leadership of the NDC believes Deputy General Secretary Koku Anyidoho is the man behind the activities of the group. “The party hierarchy has therefore attained the inalienable right to question the level of loyalty of our party Deputy General Secretary Koku Anyodoho and the faceless lot parading themselves as conveners of the supposed Young Democrats Forces,” the party said in its statement.

Virtually cementing the notion that some high ranking members of the NDC want the incumbent General Secretary to go unopposed, the statement claimed that Mr Nketia, who is the target of Mr Anyidoho and his group, had done more for the party and so attempt to “injure the exemplary reputation of the hardworking General Secretary” would not wash.

“In due course, the front liners and beneficiaries of this act, if established to be true party faithful, will be brought to book to face disciplinary action under the provisions of the NDC constitution,” the statement threatened.

                                                                                                Elders face insults

Meanwhile, ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ in the NDC who are campaigning for former President Mahama’s return as the 2020 presidential candidate have been reminded about the fact that insults are not what one needs to win an argument, nor an election.

The advice was given by Kojo Yankah, a former Minister of Information in the Jerry John Rawlings Provisional National Defence Council regime, who has been buried under an avalanche of insults from supporters of the former president.

Mr Mahama’s supporters were angry with Mr Yankah for advising the former president to reconsider this decision for a comeback to the presidency.

In a swift riposte to that harmless advice, some of Mr. Mahama’s fans accused Mr Yankah of accepting money from the governing New Patriotic Party to speak in the manner he did.

Others also pointed out that the “unsolicited advice” by Mr. Yankah “is definitely not based on good faith”.

Mr Yankah, the founder of the African University College of Communications (AUCC), in his reponse, reminded them that it would not take insults to win the next elections.

“Democracy, freedom of expression and the national good. It's a test of our ability to make progress while we debate that has been exhibited since my last post. I am familiar with critical expressions of one's opinion; that is the virtue of living in a free society.

“My practice has been to ignore insulting, unproductive and discourteous remarks, most of which are borne out of ignorance, disregard or disrespect of other people's opinions, and a total lack of understanding of the issues at stake. My long experience with communication teaches me that insults have never won an argument, let alone an election,” he posted on social media.