Barely a day after independent candidate Jacob Osei Yeboah (JOY) sounded a word of caution to 2016 presidential candidate of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) to refrain from pursuing the presidential seat or risk being in danger, the party has responded.
Mr. Osei Yeboah advised that Mr. Nduom forsakes any thoughts of pursuing his presidential ambition in the upcoming 2020 polls to protect his family and himself from any possible attacks that may arise from aggrieved customers of his defunct bank and his savings and loans organisations.
“I will advise Papa Kwasi Nduom to step aside and immediately rescind his decision if he has the intention. The aggrieved customers will launch an attack on him if he attempts to mount the podium to campaign; he will be pelted with stones.
“The customers are bitter and won’t forgive him if they get hold of him… Some of the aggrieved customers have died and others have contracted stroke. I don’t think he will even risk his life,” Mr. Osei Yeboah stated.
Reacting to this however, Communications Director of PPP, Paa Kow Ackon noted that Nduom will not be influenced by any of these utterances if he decides to vie for the presidential seat this year.
He also expressed surprise that such statements could come from an individual seeking to occupy a leadership spot, asking whose bidding he is doing now and recalling attempts by Osei Yeboah to ‘sell himself to the PPP for a huge sum of money.’
While asking Osei Yeboah to ‘mind his business’, he maintained that ‘the crisis involving GN Bank and Gold Coast were manufactured by the vindictive and politically colored decision not to pay contractors and freezing ongoing projects.”
“If anyone should be afraid of the wrath of customers, it should be the architects of that decision and not Dr. Nduom,” he further stated.
Below is the full statement:
22nd January, 2020
MR JACOB OSEI YEBOAH (JOY), “DZI WO FIE ASEM”
Our attention has been drawn to a despicable story circulating in social media and which has also been published on Ghanaweb dated 21st January, 2020 ostensibly attributed to Jacob Osei Yeboah that, “Papa Kwasi Nduom must step aside and immediately rescind his decision if he has the intention. The aggrieved customers will launch an attack on him if he attempts to mount the podium to campaign; he will be pelted with stones.”
We are fatigued and cannot understand how and why someone who aspires to become President in his dream could open his mouth so wide to make such mischievously unguided comment, with the aim of inciting the public against Dr Nduom.
Obviously, presidential politics has been cheapened to the extent that someone who has not taken the time to understand the deliberate and unintended consequences of the so-called financial sector reforms can think that taking a mindless swipe at Dr. Nduom would boost his electoral fortunes.
Perhaps he thinks we have forgotten his attempts to sell himself to the PPP for a huge sum of money? We can only ask whose bidding he is doing now?
Jacob Osei Yeboah must understand that we are mindful of the long series of false smears designed to scare Dr Nduom and destroy the reputation he has built through decades of hard work in both private and public service at the highest levels. The vile threats of violence against Dr Nduom will not influence his decision whether or not to contest the 2020 election.
And for the avoidance of doubt, the crisis involving GN Bank and Gold Coast were manufactured by the vindictive and politically coloured decision not to pay contractors and freezing ongoing projects. If anyone should be afraid of the wrath of customers, it should be the architects of that decision and not Dr. Nduom.
Such traffic jam of discursive thought from an individual who is aspiring to become President of a nation that believes in the rule of Law should be condemned by all right thinking people.
We shall remain steadfast in the quest to provide alternative progressive ideas and continue to offer policies that will reshape the destiny of our motherland.
Paa Kow Ackon