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Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako Jnr, has launched a blistering attack on the General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) describing his utterances as “highly irresponsible”.
According to the renowned editor, Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly called Sir John, has “goofed bigtime” in his allegations against the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Sir John on Monday accused President John Dramani Mahama of orchestrating the accident of the NPP 2012 Vice Presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
At a hurriedly arranged press conference, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie blamed national security officials in connivance with the NDC for the incident.
Commenting on the circumstances that might have led to the near-fatal accident, Sir John told the media that he suspects foul play by the incumbent government because according to him, the accident occurred at the President’s hometown, Bole.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, was involved in a close fatal accident on the Bole Bamboi road in the Northern Region on Sunday. Two of the tyres of his brand new Toyota Land Cruiser V8 in a convoy reportedly burst on the way, compelling the vehicle to somersault several times resulting in the accident.
The former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana was airlifted to the Lister Hospital in Accra and has since been recuperating at his residence at Kanda.
Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, speaking in an interview with Hello FM, intimated that; “Bole happens to be the same place where the party’s Chairman, Jake Obetsebi- Lamptey also had his accident and now Dr. Bawumia, does it not create suspicion? I feel there is an orchestration…”
He also claimed to have evidence to the effect that President Mahama with support from the National Security, was on a mission to assassinate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
He therefore doubted the commitment by the Police service to unravel the mystery surrounding the sudden accident of the party’s Veep and so, revealed that the NPP will conduct its own investigations to ascertain the truth.
This he admitted led him to tow the mangled vehicle from the accident scene to the manufacturers for them to commence investigations into the accident.
“I do not trust whatever this administration will order its NDC policemen to undertake - If we leave it in the hands of the police nothing will be done,” he told an Accra-based radio station.
He further opined that; “It was important and proper that we did what we did. Nothing stops the police from conducting their own investigations if they want. This is a country where people can get away with murder and that is why it is in our interest to conduct the investigations ourselves…”
Following the comments by Sir John, Kweku Baako believes he has blown the issues out of proportion.
He slammed him on Peace FM’s panel discussion programme “Kokrokoo” Wednesday morning, stating firmly that the NPP General Secretary adopted a wrong approach by accusing the president of complicity in the accident without any solid proof.
To him, Sir John jumped the gun by openly voicing distrust of the security agencies and should have waited for a Police report to know the details of the unfortunate incident.
He therefore expressed worry over Sir John’s conduct, stressing that his latest action “is highly irresponsible. As irresponsible as Dr. Josiah Aryeh (then NDC's General Secretary) Rojo Mettle Nunoo and Jerry Rawlings were when Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni had his accident in September, 2004…”
These leaders, he emphasized, exhibited similar traits in the annals of Ghana’s history but their positions were condemned; a reason why Sir John cannot be left off the hook.
Speaking to host Kwami Sefa-Kayi on Peace FM, Kweku Baako called on the leadership of the New Patriotic Party to courageously distance themselves from the allegations put out by the party’s General Secretary.
“What Sir John is doing is that he is seeing an umbrella. It’s wrong. Let the police focus on the matter. Let them investigate it…I think that the NPP as a party and its leadership especially must actually distance themselves from this allegation that Sir John has made,” he said.
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