The veteran journalist has observed that almost all the violence in the party seems to be triggered by supporters of suspended Chairman Paul Afoko — all of which have been targeted at pro-Akufo-Addo supporters.
Chronicling incidents that has led to the death of two NPP members this year, as well as the destruction of properties at party headquarters, Kwaku Baako said Nana Addo Danquah Akufo- Addo seems to be losing his supporters to attacks, yet he is the one being blamed.
“People would say blame the Flagbearer, [because] it is under his reign that this is what is happening. Look, if I want to be very crude I would say the Flagbearer has lost two points but his the one being blamed” he told host of Newsfile news analysis programme, Samuel Lardi Ayenini, Saturday.
Baako was commenting on the killing of a New Patriotic Party member in Asawase in the Ashanti Region. Abubakar Saddiq was butchered of Friday in what is believed to be politcally motivated.
Abubakar Saddiq was part of the angry Akufo-Addo loyalists who locked up the Asawase Constituency office, Thursday in protest over comments made by the Chairman of the Constituency, Isaac Brenya.
Brenya had called on the 2016 NPP flagbearer Nana Addo to step down. Isaac Brenya who was in Accra was part of a demonstration against the party’s decision to suspend its National Chairman Paul Afoko.
The deceased and several other supporters had threatened to beat up Mr Brenya for supporting suspended National Chair Paul Afoko and for making comments they thought was derogatory for Nana Addo.
Saddiq was said to have gone to the constituency office on hearing the office had been ransacked Friday morning but was attacked and murdered by unknown assailants.
The New Patriotic Party has condemned the unfortunate incident and called for investigations into it.
“Look the guy who is dead, by his conduct and actions. If you do the analysis of the balance, on whose side was he supposed to be, on the side of the Flagbearer,” Kwaku Baako said on Joy FM’s news analysis programme, Newsfile.
The veteran journalist also said based on these chronicled analysis, the murdered Upper East Regional NPP Chairman was also a supporter of Nana Addo.
“Adams, the regional chairman, based on all sorts on all the analysis…some verbal confrontations at the airport, the attempt to hold a meeting without reference to him and all that. On whose side was the late chairman, on the side of the flagbearer,” he stated.
Earlier this year, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party Adams Mahama died in the hospital following an acid attack on him.
A violent confrontation in the Upper East Region resulted in the scuttling of a planned meeting between the party’s national chair, Paul Afoko and general secretary, Kwabena Agyapong and other regional executives of the party.
Adams Mahama had indicated he was not aware of the planned meeting and wondered why the two national executives will organise a party meeting in his region with his executives and would not inform him about it.
Baako also cited a confrontation at the NPP’s headquarters which led to the burning of a motorbike at the NPP’s headquarters and asked whose interest the violent supporters were seeking.
A motorbike was burnt to ashes and a taxi cab had its windscreen broken after some violent clashes erupted at the headquarters of the New Patriotic Party at Asylum Down ahead of an emergency National Executive Committee Meeting.
The clashes are suspected to be between the party’s private security the Invincible Forces and vigilante group purported to come from Kasoa supporting the party’s beleaguered Chairman, Paul Afoko.
“Some of us for a long time decided not to go deep in making this analysis, just to look at it on the surface but it is about time now that the blunt truth is told,” Kwaku Baako said..