A leading member of the ruling New Patriotic Party and a former Member of Parliament for Suhum Constituency, Frederick Opare Ansah, has described as “desperate propaganda” attempts by some people in the NPP to misrepresent the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s engagements during his working tour of some parts of the Northern Region this week.
The Vice President in his recent tour in the Northern and North East regions between Sunday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 5, paid courtesy calls on traditional rulers and inspected some of on-going government projects, including Agenda 111 District hospitals.
Dr. Bawumia also met with some party faithfuls, who he thanked for their continuous support to government, despite the current challenges as he urged them to be proud of the NPP government’s achievements in various sectors, which he enumerated to them.
But according to Hon. Opare Ansah some people, who he described as internal party saboteurs, are, through social media, propaganda, spreading falsehood about the Vice President’s tour.
But, Hon. Opare Ansah who is a member of the Vice President team completely rubbished the claims as he described them as “desperate propaganda” by people who desire to lead the party in the 2024 elections but see the Vice President as a threat.
In an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme from the north on Wednesday , Mr Opare Ansah stated that, even the people behind the propaganda know very well how decent and decorous Dr. Bawumia is.
“Everybody knows Dr. Bawumia is a decent and a decorous politician who speaks to issues and doesn’t insult,” said Opare Hammond.
“From 2007 when he emerged on the national scale, 2012, 2016 and 2020, Dr. Bawumia has been meeting people, and he has also been campaigning with the President. Have you ever heard he has said something indecent before?”
“I sat in all the meetings throughout the tour and nothing like that happened. All what these desperate people are putting through propaganda, artworks and articles on social media are coming from our own NPP brothers, who support some other people who intend to lead the party.”
The former Member of Parliament further described the Vice President’s tour of the north as very successful, as it gaves him the opportunity to “inspect on-going projects, re-assure Chiefs and people of the north of government’s commitment to completing these projects, as well as provided opportunities for our party to interact with the Vice President on government’s development efforts, as he also thanked the party for their support to him over the years to partner President Akufo-Addo both as a running mate and as Vice President”.
He also had some words of advice to internal NPP members who are deliberately smearing their opponents with dirt to desist from that, as it is detrimental to the overall interest of the NPP party.
“Let us stop such dirty politics because it is not healthy,” he said.
“We will finish the internal contest and face the NDC. In the past, some of these people said many things against Nana Akufo-Addo in 2007 and after our internal contest, the NDC used these lies against our candidate.
“My advice to my NPP brothers is that we should have a healthy contest devoid of insults, lies and fabrications so that when you meet your brother in the future you can comfortably look him in the face and say this is my brother.
“There is no iota of truth in their desperate propaganda. You can’t deliberately throw dirt on your brother and turn around and accuse him of being dirty.”
Among the Vice President delegation to the North included: Minister of Interior Hon. Ambrose Dery, Sports Minister Hon. Mustapha Ussif, a number of Deputy Ministers, CEOs of State Agencies including immediate past National Organiser of NPP Sammy Awuku, Presidential Advisor on Health Dr. Nsia Asare, a number MPs from various regions, party executives and stalwarts of the NPP, including Chairman Odeneho COKA.