Kennedy Agyapong, a leading figure within the governing New Patriotic Party, has hinted of plans by one of Ghana’s leading media houses, Multimedia, to sabotage the party ahead of the 2020 elections, ABC News Ghana can report.
The outspoken politician indicated that he got wind of the plan by JoyFM, a subsidiary of the media house from an insider who happens to be a top ranking official at the station.
The Assin Central legislator averred that despite being sympathetic to the party ahead of the 2016 general elections, Manasseh Azure, has all turned his back to the party.
The decision to mafia the NPP ahead of the next election is because some journalists and Multimedia as a whole are disappointed in the government for abandoning them after winning the election despite their huge media support for the party’s campaign.
Speaking on a show on Oman FM on Thursday, Kennedy Agyapong retorted, “What I want all NPP sympathisers to understand is that, Manasseh has not made his mind to help the NPP. He has instead made up his mind (to come at us) especially Joy FM. A top ranking JoyFM official came to my office to hint me that considering the help they gave to the NPP and the way we have neglected them, they will mafia us. And when they come all guns blazing at us, he will look on without intervening.”
“He was here in my personal office. He came to see me around the time the GIBA issue happened. He lamented about how they helped us in 2016 and now we neglect them” he added.
On Wednesday, Multimedia and other media platforms aired Manasseh Azure’s latest investigative piece titled, “Contracts for Sale” in which the CEO of the Public Procurement Authority is alleged to have formed a company to bid for Government of Ghana contracts which it sells to contractors for a kickback of between 15%-20%.
This prompted the President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo to suspend him and cause an immediate investigation into his conduct by CHRAJ and Special Prosecutor.
Empathising with the position taken by Joy FM, an outlet of Multimedia, the the plain-spoken MP, admitted that the NPP has a liking for ignoring its party sympathisers and affiliates after they get what they want.
He cautioned the party to desist from such a demeanour alluding to a possible erosion of the goodwill it has build with its sympathisers and party faithfuls which could have adverse effect on their political fortunes.
“As for this, I want the Party to take it in good faith. After they get what they want, they ignore you and go to bed with other entities, especially the NDC. Why? What wrong did they do, NPP, that now you treat them this way? As for this character of ours, we have to change it, if not, our own party sympathisers will disappoint us and not Ghanaians.”
“When you speak to them in Kumasi, they say they won’t go to the polls to vote NDC neither will they vote at all. That kind of disposition spells doom. We have to amend our ways and help the party sympathisers as well”