A lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has described President Akufo-Addo as ‘vindictive’ for failing to offer an appointment to the NPP’s former General Secretary, Mr. Kwabena Agyapong.
Professor Gyampo indicated on his Facebook wall on Tuesday, that the decision of President Akufo-Addo to ‘abandon’ Mr. Agyapong after the latter helped him in his re-election bid is not good.
He therefore advised President Akufo-Addo to revise his decision.
“Mr. President, you actually invited Mr. Kwabena Agyapong to help your re-election only to abandon him after your victory? This doesn’t speak well of you Sir. It makes you appear overly vindictive”, Professor Gyampo wrote.
It will be recalled that prior to the 2020 general election, President Akufo-Addo extended a hand of invitation to the NPP’s former General Secretary and all members of the party to help him secure victory in his bid to be re-elected. In response to this call, Mr. Kwabena Agyapong availed himself and joined the President’s campaign trail.
This was despite an earlier suspension which had been slapped on him in 2015 for engaging in “unilateral actions and activities without consultation with or seeking authorisation from the NEC”.
Mr. Kwabena Agyapong was suspended alongside the party’s former National Chairman, Paul Afoko, and a former National Vice Chairman of the NPP, Sammy Crabbe for misconduct.
But with the President having secured victory in the 2020 polls, Mr. Kwabena Agyapong is yet to receive any appointment from the President, despite his contributions to the fortunes of the party in last year’s elections. This according to Professor Ransford Gyampo, is a sign of vindictiveness on the part of the President.
The Political Science lecturer added that, “Given the closeness of the last election, you must be intolerant of whatever divides your party. You must not listen to the hawks and hardliners around you. They do not seek your good. They only hero-worship you for the sake of their own stomach”.
Having expressed these concerns, Professor Gyampo urged the President to smoke the peace pipe with all estranged members of the party, and work on healing the existing cracks before he exits.
“You must be magnanimous, particularly now that you are exiting. Reach out to the Sammy Crabbes, Afokos and of course the Kwabena Agyapongs. This would make you look good in the eyes of the many Ghanaians as a man of conciliation”, Professor Gyampo said.
Professor Gyampo also urged the President to be soft on his perceived political enemies.
“You must exist as a stateman. You must actively deal with all cracks before exiting. Don’t be seen to be too hard on your supposed internal political enemies even after your victory. It is unchristian and politically inconsequential. This is my xmas message to you”, Professor Gyampo advised.
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