The dramatic volte-face by New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Bantama, Henry Kwabena Kokofu, to withdraw the nomination form he filed to contest in the parliamentary election as an independent candidate has been described as the actions of a "coward" and one who lacks ‘balls to execute herculean tasks.’
The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joseph Kobina Ade Coker strongly believes the fear of being victimized for being a perceived Alan/Afoko supporter by radical NPP fanatics caused him to rescind the decision.
The Bantama MP was the subject of discussion over the weekend after news went viral that he filed to contest the Bantama seat as an Independent candidate.
However, Hon Kokofu, who is currently based in Germany told Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM's "Kokrokoo" Monday,, debunked claims he has resigned from the NPP, and further revealed that he has ordered his representatives to go to the offices of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the region and withdraw his nomination forms.
“I have not resigned from the NPP and will never resign and I'm not ready to talk about what pushed me to take that decision. I have called my people in Ghana to go to the EC and withdraw my nomination,” he stated.
But commenting on the issue, Chairman said he considers the beleaguered NPP MP's U-turn as an action borne out of fear and not out of genuine convictions.
“Kokofu is a coward…he wanted to test the waters but saw it was hot and hence decided to pull his legs and that is not brave enough…These perceived Alan/Afoko boys are being sidelined and prevented from exercising their right to free speech in the NPP under the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo," Ade Coker stated.
Referring to a statement made by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo against President Mahama on his campaign grounds “Mahama is the biggest threat to Ghana’s future” Ade Coker in a panel discussion on UTV’s ‘Adekye Nsroma’ Tuesday edition reacted to the speech saying “it is not of good conduct for Nana Addo to use such words on the President, and advised politicians to stick to the message sent to voters than talking at each other on campaign grounds, which is not the best for us at this time”.
“Journalists must also make sure they report the exact words and headlines in writing stories to amount peace and unity”, he said.
But his co-panelist on the show, the NPP MP for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, sharply disagreed insisting the NPP is a party that gives opportunities to all irrespective of their view, adding that as a result of this, the likes of him are now legislators.
Annoh-Dompreh accused the NDC of ‘getting disturbed anytime they hear of unity in the NPP’.
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