It is now clear that the seeming feud between the two stalwarts of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), former Central Regional Chairman, Bernard Allotey Jacobs, and General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has no end in sight, Today can report.
This was after the second verbal attack on Mr Asiedu Nketia, popularly known as General ‘Mosquito,’ in less than one month by Mr Allottey Jacobs, describing him [Asiedu Nketia] as “undisciplined” and a “hypocritical person.”
A few weeks ago, the immediate-past NDC Central regional chairman called on Asiedu Nketia to step down as the General Secretary of the party.
He consequently called on delegates to vote out the latter because “he had outlived his usefulness in the NDC.”
The outspoken former NDC Central regional chairman also known as ‘Educated Fisherman’ alleged that there was ‘mafia’ at the NDC headquarters being led by Mr Asiedu Nketia, which was hindering the progress of the party.
Speaking on Peace FM in Accra yesterday, Allotey Jacobs who nearly went overboard did not take kindly with Asiedu Nketia, calling him all sorts of names.
“Asiedu Nketia is very arrogant. He’s undisciplined…He is a hypocritical person…” he fumed but the host stepped in to prevent further attacks on his (Asiedu Nketia’s) personality.
The NDC’s chief scribe who is seeking for his third term in office has come under threat since his deputy, Koku Anyidoho, picked nomination forms to challenge him.
But the man known for his no-nonsense comments on national discourse claimed “he is not perturbed by the ‘vile propaganda’ to get him out of the party office.”
According to him, he has what it takes as a seasoned politician to deal with all forms of propaganda against him, and “therefore, not afraid of any manipulations to ensure that he loses the party’s upcoming primaries slated for November 2018.”
What is, however, not clear is the posture of the NDC’s leadership in the midst of the ongoing impasse between Asiedu Nketia and Koku Anyidoho.
A statement purported to have been issued and signed by the party’s National Chairman, Kofi Porturphy, seemed to have taken side in the matter.
The said statement hinted of taking a disciplinary action against Koku Anyidoho, who they believed was on a separate agenda to betray the opposition party and feed it to the wolves.
The statement accused Koku Anyidoho of being the face behind a group calling themselves “Young Democratic Forces,” designed to frustrate the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, and the hard work of the NDC in the recovery process from their defeat in the 2016 Election.
The party chairman further blamed the recent happenings in the NDC on the activities of some high-ranking executives to incite fellow members against the party.
To him, this shows their disloyalty to the cause and vision of the party.
“.. the party bemoans the involvement of some high ranking executives in this grand scheme to mudsling fellow comrades under the possible influence of the opposition NPP,” it said.
The statement further described Koku Anyidoho and his cohorts as “bought mercenaries” working for the opponents of the NDC.
Meanwhile, political pundits have called on the leadership of the NDC to ensure that cool heads prevail to avoid any serious rancor within the rank-and-file of the party.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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