Chief of Staff, Others Targeted
…For Mudslinging, As NPP Flagbearer Race Draws Closer
The coming days and weeks ahead of the New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) crucial election to elect a flagbearer for the 2024 election are expected to witness many twists and turns, with some high-profile personalities in government penciled down for mudslinging, amidst extreme dirty politicking, this paper has gathered.
Among the targeted personalities is the Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Mrs. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, The Anchor has picked.
As part of the agenda, there would be intense knocking together of the heads of party gurus from the Ashanti Region to ensure the grimy game gains weight.
In the case of Madam Akosua Frema, for instance, sources say the plan is to peddle unsubstantiated claims against her, such as scheming for a particular contestant in the race, just to make her unpopular.
She had already suffered a similar fate during the party’s Super Delegates Conference held on August 26, this year, where she was deliberately accused of wrongdoing for dishing out cash to influence delegates.
Already, the waters have been tested on certain social media platforms, with some persons churning out lies that the Chief of Staff is planning, with others, to ensure that a particular candidate wins the party’s flagbearer race, slated for November 4, 2023.
It is suspected that those behind the dirty campaign are persons that are unhappy with the principled manner the Chief of Staff is running affairs at the Presidency.
Mrs. Osei-Opare, who is Ghana’s first female Chief of Staff, is noted for her hard stands against affairs that would harm the image of the government, and that has made her to become a sworn enemy of certain persons within government and the NPP party.
Apart from the Chief of Staff, other party stalwarts from the Ashanti Region have also been penciled to be attacked before, during and after the November 4 voting to choose the next leader of NPP.
These gurus, just like Madam Akosua Frema, would also be pelted with mud for their alleged support for a particular candidate to create certain erroneous impressions.
They would be accused of infiltrating the delegates’ camp for the election and asking them to vote in a certain manner.
There are fears within the corridors of the NPP that the unnecessary attacks, mudslinging and peddling of falsehoods, currently prevailing because of the November 4 exercise, would not help the party in having a united front for the 2024 election.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Mr. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Mr. Francis Addai Nimo and Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto are contesting for the NPP flagbearer slot to lead the party in 2024.
The contestants were initially 10 and were pruned down to five, but they became four after Mr. Alan Kyeremanten opted out and subsequently resigned from the NPP.
However, attention is on Dr. Bawumia and Mr. Agyapong, as they are crisscrossing the country canvassing for votes.