A suspended founding member of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has harshly criticized the leadership of the party, describing it as a divided entity devoid of campaign message.
Nyaho-Tamakloe pointed out that divisions in the NPP is gradually driving the party into a fragmented entity that cannot win an election.
According to myjoyonline.com, Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe made these statements while speaking to Kafui Dey on GH Today, a current affairs programme on Accra-based GHONE television.
I will never give up on the NPP”, he said revealing the party is currently bleeding profusely.
If we are not careful, the party will be destroyed and when NPP is destroyed the democratic institution of this country [will also be destroyed]”.
Talking about the late former Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, during the discussion, Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe described him as a firm, vibrant experienced and influential founding member.
He went further to say that the suspension of NPP Chair, Paul Afoko, General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong and 2nd Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe who were duly elected by party delegates is a big threat to Ghana’s democracy.
The medical doctor and football administrator blamed the current woes of the party on the present leadership. He paid tribute to late B J Da Rocha and said strong characters like him would never have looked on while the party is mismanaged.
He however noted that the NPP still has giants like Samuel Odoi Sykes, a prominent lawyer, K G Osei Bonsu, Appiah Minkah and the likes who can still call the party to order.
I don’t think it’s all lost. I must say for reasons not known to me, those who should talk in the party have all decided to keep quiet”, he said.
He expressed surprise at ethnocentric statements made by leading members of the party like MP for Assin North, Kennedy Agyapong and former Finance Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo, which according to him, have not been openly condemned.
When asked if he thinks the NPP have chances of winning the 2016 elections he said:
Nowhere in political history, at least what I have read, have I seen such a divided front of a political party that has won an election. Nowhere.”
What is the message of the NPP now? He quizzed, wondering if former President John Kufuor has also been virtually silenced.
I say things as they are; I will not say things that are untrue just because John is my nephew,” he stated.
We have a tattered front. Kufuor is a gentleman, calm and cool. These are the type of leadership this country needs. This country doesn’t need extremists. This country needs a cool tempered person. To me Kufuor, Mahama and late Limann are on the same level and these are the type of leaders we need for this country,” he said.
People have their ways of governing. Nkrumah had his style and focused on building infrastructure, the same thing is what President Mahama is doing if people will only understand”, according to the suspended NPP founding member.
You see when I hear people talking about corruption I laugh because those who shout on the rooftops are the most corrupt people in this country. Recently we’ve seen an MP [Afenyo Markin] negotiating with people, a banker to rob the nation – classic example. Has he come to explain himself to the people of this country and yet he will be the first to shout corruption, corruption, corruption”.
Former President John Kuffuor on his own part has recently vowed that Mahama must be changed come the November polls to bring relief to Ghanaians who has suffered enough under his administration.
Asked if NPP is desperate for power, Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe responded:
Nana Akufo-Addo has no campaign message. That is why he is relying on former President Kufuor’s achievements.”
The renowned medical practitioner and former military officer said he has known Nana Addo for the past 50 years and said the party is doomed if he does not change his current leadership style.