NDC just an easy target for Akyems – NDC National Organiser

Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council on Monday led a demonstration against the leadership of the NDC.

The National Organiser organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says the party has become an easy target for Akyems to attack with the least mistake.

Joshua Akamba believes it is something Ayems have been waiting for with bated breath so they would proceed to make the NDC pay for it.

He told Evans Mensah on Newsnight on Joy FM Monday that he does not understand why the Akyems are brunt on punishing the party for the sins of a member in the latest case involving the Ashanti Regional Secretary, Kwame Zu.

“It is something that they are looking for, it is something they wanted and then it did happen with one of our members…even in the Eastern region itself, our former Chairman once made a statement which went in front of the Okyene palace, it was him alone that was dealt with not the whole party,” he said.

Mr Akamba quizzed whether their behaviour is borne out of the fact that “this time they have their son as the president so the NDC must suffer for it?”

Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council on Monday led a demonstration against the leadership of the NDC.

According to the State Secretary of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council, Daniel Marfo Ofori-Atta, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC, Kwame Zu, made “abusive and provocative statements” against Okyehene, Amoatia Ofori Panin II.

Kwame Zu is reported on many online platforms to have said last Thursday that the people of Kyebi competed with animals until former President John Mahama provided water for its residents, despite the town being the hometown of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council seems to perceive the comments as an insult to the Okyehene, the Paramount Chief.

But the NDC National Organiser describes the whole issue as the Akyems making a mountain out of a molehill.

”It seems that the whole NDC being tied to it [statement] is quite unfortunate because this is only an individual who has made a statement. Even the statement he made was not on an NDC platform but one which had others including the PNC and a couple of others…unless of course, we are the target if not so I don’t see where the NDC comes in,” he said.

He said the party will meet and conclude on the Ayem Traditional Council’s threat of banning the NDC from campaigning in the area.

Mr Akamba said he cannot move to condemn the statement made or Mr Zu himself since he hasn’t had the benefit of listening to the full tape.

State Secretary of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council, Daniel Marfo Ofori-Atta, said although they have heard the unqualified apology of Mr Kwame Zu, they do not accept it.

He said reading his statement, “it is clear to see that it [the apology] is not sincere…Kwame Zu in his statement denied that he insulted the Okyenhene.”

“We do not have an agenda against the NDC…most often leaders within the NDC whenever they have the opportunity wants to incite certain hatred between Ofori Panin’s throne merely because and the Okyenhene has blood relation with the president.

“We want to make it clear that the Okyenhene played no role whatsoever in the electoral successes of the NPP or defeat of the NDC,” he added.

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