Former NPP Communications Director Nana Akomea has taken former Kpone Katamanso NPP parliamentary candidate Hopeson Adorye to task over his bigoted and tribalistic comments.
Nana Akomea warned Adorye and supporters of candidates in the upcoming Presidential primary to simply sell their candidates without trying to pull down other candidates.
Akomea also strongly disagreed with Adorye’s assertion that the NPP chooses flagbearers and top executives based on their familial background.
He said Adorye’s comments feed the perception that there are factions in the party instead of the NPP being one family of like-minded individuals.
“Adu Boahen won flagbearer in 1992 not because he was from Danquah. It was because of his merit, the confidence party people had in him [Adu Boahen] that he could lead us to face Jerry Rawlings.” He continued.
“When Kufour won in 1996 as flagbearer, Kufour didn’t win because he was Danquah faction or Busia faction or Dombo faction. He won on his merit as Kufour. His message went down. We who voted for him didn’t ask him which faction he belongs to. No!
“When he won in 1998 at Sunyani, he won because majority of the party delegates thought he has performed better in 1996 and deserves another chance.
“Even President Akufo-Addo who you can say Danquah is his Uncle, even President Akufo-Addo, we didn’t vote for him as flagbearer because he is Danquah’s nephew. We voted for him because we thought that, at that time, he was the best person.” Akomea continued.
In his closing remarks, he sent a pointed warning to Hopeson Adorye and those of his ilk seeking to use tribalism to deride other candidates and lift theirs.
“We have to be careful. If you support someone, tell us why you think the person can deliver victory for the NPP. “Don’t go and run down another party member because if what you want doesn’t come to pass, you will be forced to eat your words . . . let’s not divide ourselves between our founding fathers,” he strongly cautioned.