10 August 2017

NDC likes misrepresenting critics, Amidu right in going public – MTN

A former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament(MP), Michael Teye Nyaunu says former Attorney General, Martin Amidu cannot be blamed for being vocal on NDC matters, alleging that the party’s responses to issues, whether confidential or not are always problematic.

Mr. Nyaunu, told Kasapa FM that the party is always smart rubbishing thorny issues sometimes raised by some vocal persons in the party, hence it is not surprising the posture of Mr. Amidu on matters relating to the party.

He believes Mr. Amidu might have learnt his lessons talking about the party’s problems in secret and yielding no better results.

The former legislator alleged his party has a penchant for always hitting back at critics, misrepresenting their thoughts on matters  and giving such persons a bad name in public, if one decides to write to the party secretly on very controversial issues.

“Our party is such that, when you go and give your views on a paper like that, they quickly come out first, misinterpret it, misrepresent it and rubbish the whole thing and paint you as a bad man. Why do i like talking to the media? I talk to the media because people like to hear my voice directly and know what precisely I’m talking about, but go and tell somebody in the party, the party will misquote you and say you, you support this one, that is why you are arguing like this and they end up destroying you. Martin is of age , i know Martin is above 60 years ,…Martin is first and foremost a Ghanaian before he becomes an NDC member, so Martin has got the right to talk the way he’s talking.”

His comment follows a petition filed by two party members, Lawyer Evans Amankwah and Abigail Elorm Mensah seeking to suspend Amidu from the party.

According to the duo, Mr. Amidu, “with exceptional determination and consistency and through many publications and other actions, conducted himself in a manner that has:

a. brought and continues to bring the Party into disrepute and public ridicule contrary to Article 46(8) of the Party’s constitution; and b. weakened Party unity and cohesion contrary to article 45 of the party’s constitution.”

Their petition stressed that Mr. Amidu’s posturing is “carefully designed to expose the Party to public hatred, ridicule and opprobrium and to lower its reputation in Ghana and elsewhere.”

The petition added: “Accordingly, we wish the Executive Committee of the Party to take steps to bring disciplinary actions against the Accused.

2. We are willing and ready to assist the Executive Committee in investigating the matters listed above further with the aim of upholding the constitution of the Party. “

But interacting with sit-in host Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM Wednesday, Mr. Teye Nyaunu described the move as a “leaking bucket” insisting that there is no substance in the tough stance taken by elements of the party for Amidu to be suspended.


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