Tough-talking New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has clarified his widely publicized “excuse me, strategist” comment that was deemed to be a wicked potshot directed at Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as part of Mr Agyapong’s campaign for the flagbearership position of the NPP.
He has categorically stated that his criticism was not directed at the Vice President, but to a Member of Parliament(MP) belonging to the NPP who had earlier made the comments he deemed as criticism of his contributions to the NPP.
He explained in an interview with Home Radio that the NPP MP that he was criticising had said that the NPP did not need someone who has made significant monetary or logistical contributions to the party but someone who is a strategist. So his comments were meant to remind the MP that his being a strategist has had no bearing on the performance of the economy given the fall of the Cedi and other sorry economic indicators.
“The truth hurts. And you’re the victim and I am educating you and you think I am hitting back? You see, they are not being fair. I did not hit the Vice President. I hit one MP because he said: “we don’t need someone who will come and say that I have done this for the party; I have done this for Ghana but we want someone who is a strategist”. So I asked who is a strategist. You were in Parliament shouting “we’re not going to the IMF today or tomorrow but in the next two hours, IMF! Are you a strategist?” He said in the interview monitored by MyNewsGh.con
He blamed the media for engaging in a diabolical distortion of the facts of what he said so as to produce sensational news. He lamented how his piece of advice to the party to desist from provocative campaigning was not even reported by the Media.
“You see the diabolic ways of you the media too? Media. You people were part of it because you don’t give the full report. You only do sensational news. But the full details, you don’t even bring. Even when made that statement, I advised them that they should stop the way they’re campaigning,” he added.
Kennedy Agyapong is one of the ten aspirants for the NPP flagbearership position. He is considered a frontrunner just like Alan Kyeremanten and Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. But several polls have put Vice President Dr Bawumia ahead of the others as the party readies itself for the 2024 General Elections.