Akufo-Addo welcomes Kwabena Agyapong back into NPP, but Afoko, Crabbe missing

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Former General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, is back into the fold of the party, as hinted by Theheraldghana.com.

He has been seen along the President, campaigning vigorously for the second term bid, nearly four years, after he was axed from his Asylum Down office as chief administrator.

Interestingly, it is only Mr Agyapong, who has been recalled to the NPP, despite being ousted together with the then National Chairman, Paul Afoko, Second Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe, party founders, Dr. Nyaho-Nyaho Tamakloe and Dr. Charles Wereko Brobbey.

He has been spotted in the Bono East Region with the President days after Theheraldghana.com hinted what was slated to happen this week, concerning the former General Secretary's return to the party and being made to join the campaign trail.

It is not clear, if the leadership of the NPP will issue a statement revoking the suspension of Mr Aggyapong, who they discredited in the most vile manner and welcome him back into their fold and placing him among the leadership of the 2020 Campaign led by Peter Mac-Manu with Zongo Development and Inner City Minister, Dr. Mustapha Hamid.

The Herald had reported that Mr Agyapong, was billed to join the campaign together with former Communications Director of the NPP, Nana Akomea, who the paper is picking signals may rather be involved with the Greater Accra Region tour of the President, where he once served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Okaikoi South Constituency.

The two, had been off the party activities and media landscape for separate reasons. While, Mr Agyapong, is expected to give some Asante flavour to the campaign, Nana Akomea, is expected to head the Communications wing of the party's campaign, where Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, the MP for Adentan, has been seen struggling.

Kwabena Agyapong and Nana Akomea, are being roped into the campaign, because it has emerged that, panic has set in the ruling party and its campaign team, and it is expected that, their involvement will bring some freshness and positive energy.

There had been high hopes about the competence of the Campaign Chairman, Mr Mac-Manu, but time according to insiders, has exposed his rusty nature, hence the decision to inject new blood.

Others have also alleged that Mr Mac-Manu, is busy focusing on ways and means at the Electoral Commission (EC) rather than winning the election on the ground. They also alleged regular meetings between him and some senior officials of the EC, about the 2020 general election.

But it is getting interesting, in the case of Kwabena Agyapong, who is been brought back into the NPP campaign to seek second term for President Akufo-Addo and his Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, considering the circumstances that led to his exclusion from the party's activities.

But in the newly created Bono West Region, where the President, has been campaigning for days, the engineer cum politician, has been seen in photographs with the President, breaking grounds for a project in one of the district.

He is seen in the photographs donning customized white NPP long sleeves with blue jeans wearing a facemask, clearly announcing his comeback.

It is unclear, what specific role the former Director of Communications at the Presidency under ex-President John Kufuor, is going to be assigned to.

While some are happy about his return, others are not so sure, considering the events that led to his hounding from the party in 2016.

In 2017, insiders say he was penciled down by the President to head of the Ministry of Sports, but it was shot down by the party bigwigs, grounding their stance on events that led to his suspension as General Secretary.

One social media user, David Hooah , who isn't very enthused about Mr Agyapong's return to the party, shared a picture of him, saying "Kwabena, I know you love the party, but these crops of ASB [Akyem Sakawa Boys] are vicious. You don't want to be tainted. Just do your day job. The horses bolted already. You can't rescue this government".

In the run up to the December 2016 general elections, Mr Agyapong, was suspended from the NPP, over claims that he was working against the party's fortunes having in mind "Agenda 2020". Among others, he was accused of collecting a land cruiser from the then President John Maham, an accusation he denied.

Kwabena, who was ousted out of the party together with, Paul Afoko, Sammy Crabbe, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe and Dr. Charles Wereko Brobbey, was attacked many times by party militia group, Invisible Forces at NPP's Asylum Down national headquarters.

In one instance, the said vehicle was vandalized by Nana Akufo-Addo loyalist, Hajia Fati. At the time, the party was convinced that the only way the NPP was going to win political power in 2016, was the final removal of these bigwigs.

Nana Akomea on the other hand, was part and parcel of the in 2016 campaign team, serving as Director of Communications, but got sidelined after winning power.

The former Minister of Information under the erstwhile John Agyekum Kufuor administration, had hoped to bag another ministerial appointment, but shockingly, that opportunity eluded him, and he ended up at the State Transport Company (STC) as it Managing Director (MD).

As if still angry, Nana Akomea, has remained quiet, hardly seen in the political discourse.

It is, therefore, interesting learning the two gentlemen are coming back to salvage a government dealing with a massive scandal; Agyapa deal in an election year.

The government which campaigned on corruption mantra, has been embroiled in several corruption allegations with the latest being the US$1 billion Agyapa Royalties deal.

It is feared the allegation of friends and family deals in this particular agreement, may go a long way to affect the fortunes of the government.

The 2020's manifesto is currently not being discussed. Regional tours by President and his Vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, have also been overshadowed by the Agyapa scandal.

The NPP is hoping that the launch of its manifesto on Monday, September 7, 2020, will help redirect the governing party's 2020 campaign communication from the Agyapa scandal to what it has done in the last four years against the promises made in 2016 election.

Source: The Herald