Some delegates of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Okaikwei North Constituency in the Greater Accra Region have expressed grave concern over what they described as Maame Afia Akoto’s “divisive campaign”.
The delegates are worried that the former deputy CEO of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), who is a parliamentary aspirant in the constituency, has adopted tactics of attacking her opponents, which will not inure to the benefit of the party in the Okaikwei North constituency.
The delegates who pleaded anonymity said Afia Akoto has specialised in politics of insults and struggles to outline any major policy she would implement to better the lives of the people.
For instance, delegates at Anahuma electoral area in the Okaikwei North Constituency said they were shocked when Maame Afia Akoto took one of her opponents, Kofi Nyarko, to the cleaners, describing him as “a sick and weak person” and therefore asked delegates to vote against him because of his health.
“Afia Akoto should tell us what she can do to help our constituency. Attacking her opponents anytime she meets us is not healthy. We are one family and we can’t break the eight with such arrogant attitude. The other time she said Kofi Nyarko is not well and that if he wins and ends up becoming MP there will be a by-election in Okaikwei North,” a middle-aged woman delegate said.
Other delegates in Akweteman, Abofu , Anumele, Achimota and Alogboshi have expressed similar concerns, fearing the NPP will lose the seat again to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“This is how we lost the seat to the NDC when Fuseini was the MP,” an aggrieved delegate said. “We don’t want a candidate who will divide our ranks. Afia Akoto must stop the mudslinging and embark on a clean campaign. Ken Kuranchie is far older than her but she doesn’t speak well of him, describing him as someone staying in a rented house so he cannot lead the party in parliament.”
Rumours have it that Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, the MP for Akuapem North and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry is also vying for the Okaikwei North seat. Deep throat sources say Afia Akoto sees her as her main contender and so she is resorting to social media machinations to attack her personality.
“We are pleading with the party executives to call Afia Akoto to order. She says Fuseini is only interested in the Muslim community and will not help the Christians when he wins. We don’t want this now. The real battle is out there against NDC so Afia Akoto should build bridges rather than bending them,” a ward executive at Nii Boi Town said.
Source: Daily Mail GH