23 January 2013

Ghana: NPP Gurus Nail Tarzan

Tamale — THE FORMER Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority and a Founding Member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey, a.k.a. Tarzan, has come under severe attacks by members of his own party, over his recent statement to the media on the party's decision to boycott the two parliamentary by-elections in the Akatsi-South and Buem constituencies.

After the attack by the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), Mr. Benjamin Nana Boakye (Tarzan's younger brother), who is also a Founding Member of the NPP and 1st Northern Regional Treasurer of the party, is not only condemning Tarzan for attempting to create sharp division in the NPP, but also trying to hide behind the good name of the late Victor Owusu, who carved a niche for himself in the Busia-Dankwa tradition.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle in Tamale, Nana Boakye, also a Private Businessman said Mr. Wereko-Brobby was not the only Nephew of the Late Victor Owusu and should, therefore, not attempt to set the entire family against the NPP.

According to him, other influential members of the Victor Owusu's family in and outside Ghana were very disappointed to see Dr. Wereko-Brobbey mis-conducting himself and distracting the good effort of the NPP to fight against the electoral fraud that characterized the 2012 general elections.

Urging Dr. Wereko-Brobbey to leave the NPP if he so wished or shut up, Nana Boakye regretted that the decision by the acclaimed party member to rush to the media, instead of going to the party hierarchy, could set a bad precedent for other members, especially the younger ones to emulate.

He expressed grave concern that the unguarded comments by Dr. Wereko-Brobbey had the tendency to push the National Democratic Congress (NDC) up to further arm itself against the NPP in the ongoing legal tussle.

Nana Boakye cautioned that: "If Tarzan wants to be part of NPP, he should learn to be a team player, and if he wants to leave the NPP he should not try to damage the party. And let me tell him that no political party will tolerate such behavior from him".

The Former NPP Northern Regional Treasurer, however, pledged unwavering support for Nana Akufo-Addo and his legal team, and called on other party loyalists to also rally behind the party for victory.

It would be recalled that Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey on Monday, 21st January, 2013, in an open letter copied to the press asked the NPP to direct its energies towards winning the 2016 elections and stop what he referred to as "self promotional gimmicks."

Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby was appalled by the party's decision not to take part in the two bye-elections in Akatsi and Buem, saying that the reasons cited by the NPP were "illogical and nonsensical."

This statement has since opened him (Dr. Wereko-Brobbey) up for fierce attacks from all angles with the Chairman of the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), Dr. Ayew Afriyie describing it as "senseless and reckless" statement. A former minister of state, Nana Obiri Boahen, has also described the comment as inward-looking tribal bigot.

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