Minister for Regional Re-organization Dan Botwe has launched a blistering attack on former Chief of Staff under the Kufuor administration, Kwadwo Mpiani accusing him of insulting the intelligence of delegates of the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP).
Mpiani has mounted strong opposition to Acting New Patriotic Party (NPP) Freddy Blay’s quest to be affirmed during the party’s National Executive elections slated for July 7, 2018 as he questioned the loyalty of the latter.
Mr Blay faces strong challenge from the four-time National Chairman contender Stephen Ayesu Ntim for the National Chairman position in an election which promises to be keenly contested at the party’s National Delegates Congress which comes of in Koforidua.
Mr Mpiani in an interview with Joy News insisted that it was a mistake in the first place to elect Mr Blay as a Vice Chairman of the NPP as he has not roots in the Danquah-Busia tradition.
“The Chairman of your party is the number one person in the party and so you must give the Chairman…you may not have voted for the person, you may not even like him and we’re all in the same party, and if majority say this is what we want to be the Chairman of the party we accept. They should look at the history of the party and choose loyalty to the party.”
When my Mpiani was asked by the Host if Mr Blay is loyal to the NPP, he responded “I don’t know… he’s a very good friend of mine but I never voted for him and I told him I don’t think it was proper for him to be elected the First Vice Chairman. He’s a friend so I asked him, Freddy, even with the stature I have in the NPP if I leave the NPP today and I come to the CPP and if you’re there will you make me a potter in CPP??
But reacting to Mr Mpiani’s comments in an interview with Joy FM, Mr Dan Botwe who’s also the former General Secretary of the NPP expressed surprise that the issue of loyalty has been raised barely 48 hours to the election.
“A party from opposition wins elections under the leadership of Mr Freddy Blay, you know the results 169 MPs and first round win of over 1 million votes and he’s led the party to achieve the very objective for which we put him there and so the party made a very good choice that in case there’s a crisis he should step in as the Chairman and to deliver and that’s exactly was he’s delivered.
“I’m surprised that the issue of loyalty can now be introduced in the whole arguments 48 hours before the election. The man chairs National Council of NPP and you now begin to talk about loyalty.