All is not well with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, after losing o the Speakership position to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NPP) Today intelligence can confirm.
According to our sources within the inner caucus of Akufo-Addo’s- led government, if care is not taken it would affect thePresident’s second term in office.
“Now it has become a blame game, accusations and counter accusations, with some people pointing fingers at others after our loss”.
“My brother (referring to this reporter) , it has not been easy for the past few days, and the way some party stalwarts are going about it, i am afraid for Akufo-Addo”, a former cabinet minister from the Ashanti Region who spoke on the condition of anonymity said.
An attempt by the ruling party to secure the speakership slot of the 8th Parliament last week Thursday backfired as the candidate for the opposition NDC, Alban Bagbin, now Ghana’s Rt.Hon. Speaker of Parliament won against NPP’s candidate ,Prof.Aaron Ocquaye.
The election which was preceded with chaotic incidents saw NDC’s Alban Bagbin garner 138 votes whiles NPP’s Prof.Mike Ocquaye secured 136 votes
The NPP has since last week Thursday accused some of their Members of Parliament(MPs) of taking bribes from the NDC to vote for them.
Among those who have been accused in the NPP of having taken bribe from the NDC are MPs of Subin in the Ashanti region ,Eugene Boakye Antwi and Sarah Adwoa Safo, of Dome Kwabenya in the GreaterAccra Region.
Although the two had since rubbished the allegation, the Akufo-Addo loyalists in the party “believe they are moles and should be treated as such”, a family member of President Akufo-Addo in a leaked telephone conversation in possession of Today told a national executive member of the party.
Our further investigations showed that at the weekend in Kibi in the Eastern region where President Akufo-Addo went for Thanksgiving Service, an emergency meeting was held before the church service in a hotel outskirt of Koforidua at the instance of the president.
The meeting, our sources in Kibi said, had some former ministers of cabinet and traditional rulers in the area in attendance.
The president who chaired the said meeting on Saturday, January 9, 20121 according to our sources was angry with those accused of voting against the party’s choice.
It was resolved that those who were perceived as enemies of President Akufo-Addo in the party were “going to smell pepper” in his (Akufo-Addo’s) second term.
“But even before President Akufo-Addo thought about this ,some big shots in the party seen to be loyalists of former President John Agyekum Kuffour had moved one step ahead of him”, our investigations showed.
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