Celebrated journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has stated that the New Patriotic Event (NPP) will find it very tough restoring the party to the nobility after the period of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to him, the democratic party which was founded on solid democratic foundations has actually become weak since the leadership under the president feels really strong and also much more powerful.
In a post on his Facebook timeline, the reporter said: “I knew how the NPP was when it was led by Kufuor and I know how the NPP is under your leadership. The difference is clearer than night and day. In speaking up in the past, one only had to check one’s “factometre”. Today, the daredevils who speak up have to constantly check their “fearometre”.
“As to why independent CSOs and institutions are silent on injustice against you as your party, I have this simple reason for you. Nana Yenkamasem and Nana Kabimame cannot rule from the same palace.”
Yenkamasaem is Akan which suggests the existing administration has actually silenced CSOs on the Agyapa detraction. Kabimame is likewise Akan meaning speak on my behalf.
Manasseh’s comments followed the President expressing his frustration to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference over their silence on what he thinks about to be an ethnocentric remark by an NDC Member of Parliament which was intensified by John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the party at the Jubilee Residence on Friday, September 4, 2020.
The president said: “Sometimes, one would hope when things come out, people will comment on them. The comment made by my opponent: ‘Akyem Sakawa’ people, I have not heard any public figure in this country or anybody comment on it.
He also said: “If I was to get up to make a comment about Northerners or Gonjas, you can imagine the uproar that will be in the country.”
Yet Manasseh asked: “Your teeming supporters and praise singers were drooling all over social media because your opponent had thoughtlessly presented them with juicy political fodder and they would chew and ruminate for years to come. Was that not enough?”
He further added: “When I heard you, I laughed heartily. Last week, I prophesied that you and your party would one day need the “dumb” and “noise-making” civil society organizations and independent voices to speak for you so you should stop discrediting them and calling them “all-knowing neutrals”. My prophecy was that you would need them in opposition, but you’ve shown that you need them now….It has something to do with your leadership. I’m not very old but my reading of politics in the Fourth Republic suggests that these independent voices, journalists and CSOs have a soft spot for the NPP as against the NDC, which was born from a repressive military regime.”
Source : Ghana Waves