Internecine War in NDC Over Sammy Gyamfi
It may sound like a novel – the internecine quarrels in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), but it obviously paints a clear picture that the late Jerry John Rawlings’ party is moving far away from peace.
Aside from the humiliating 2016 election defeat, coupled with that of 2020 and the famous 7-0 judgement by the Supreme Court panel that heard the recent election petition, the rather smooth sailing of some Akufo-Addo ministers through Parliament’s Appointments Committee, sparked another controversy.
This came as a delicious meal for a suspended party member, who took a bite. Koku Anyidoho, aka ‘The Bull’, and ‘Educated Fisherman,’ Allotey Jacobs, appear to be tormenting the NDC, since the party lost the 2016 general polls.
Koku Anyidoho is a former Deputy General Secretary and Bernard Allotey Jacobs is a former Central Regional Chairman of the biggest opposition party.
Also, the widely condemned attack on the integrity of the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, and some NDC members of Parliament (MPs) in leadership, has been responded to by the Speaker.
Sammy Gymafi, NDC National Communications Officer, not long ago wrote what has been described largely as very disparaging remark about the party’s leadership in Parliament, as well as the Speaker. His contention was that they disregarded the party and allowed some ministers to be approved.
He posted: “Some have sold their conscience, but ours is intact. And we can work together to rebuild the party from the ashes of 3 March 2021, which I call ‘Black Wednesday’ – our day of self-inflicted shame.
“This is the time for us to insist on the right changes in the leadership of the NDC group in Parliament, or forget about them completely. The current leadership has lost their moral authority to lead and are not fit to sit on the front bench of the NDC side of the House.
“More importantly, it’s about time we understood that we don’t have any NDC Speaker of Parliament. No, we don’t! We have a Speaker who rode on the back of the NDC into office to pursue his own parochial agenda and nothing more. You trust them at your own peril,” Gyamfi rallied the NDC supporters.
However, in an interview on Monday, with Class FM in Accra, the Speaker told his NDC comrades not to expect him to do the party’s bidding in his current position.
According to him, he was the Speaker of Parliament for Ghana and not a party, therefore, could not be at their beck and call.
“Recently, in the media, on social media in particular, you have heard the blistering attack on me when I did not play any role apart from presiding [over the business of the House].
“Because I say I belong or came from a party, does he [Sammy Gyamfi] think I’m at the beck and call of the party?
“Now, I don’t belong to any party. I’m the Speaker of Ghana. I’m not a Speaker of NPP. I’m not a Speaker of NDC. I’m the Speaker of Ghana. And I must hold the balance. So decision-taking; no. My duty is to ensure that there’s an even playing field and the decision is taken and I announce it. That is all.
“And so, if you sit down and look at me and think that maybe you were my girlfriend before [and, therefore] I should give you an advantage over another who I’ve never met, please, then don’t come to me; you won’t get it. Let’s finish; after work, we can do that business together. Not when I’m working. That’s my nature; that’s how I’ve been up to this time and, so, it’s unfortunate that these things are happening,” the former Nadowli-Kaleo MP told Class FM.
His response earned the “respect” of Koku, who, in a tweet, accused the NDC’s National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, as the cause of Sammy Gyamfi’s blistering attack on some party members.
“I respect Rt Honourable Speaker Bagbin for calling the bluff of that….infant who has deceived himself into believing that he is the most important person in the NDC, because, National Chairman Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo is scared of being the leader of the party,” he posted.
Koku’s assertion did not go down well with Mr Ofosu-Ampofo, who, per the party’s constitution, is the leader of the NDC.
In a veiled response, in a radio interview, Mr Ofosu-Ampofo told supporters of the party to ignore Koku Anyidoho and Allotey Jacobs.
“As we speak, they have all been suspended from the party. If you wish that we take further actions against them following their action, we will listen. We will go and look at exactly what has to be done to ensure sanity.
“Only last week, a newspaper published with the headline ‘John Mahama, you are no longer leader of the NDC, hand over to Ofosu Ampofo to come and redeem the party’, which was attributed to Koku Anyidoho.
“It is not Koku Anyidoho who will teach us what the NDC’s constitution says. We have a constitution and we know what the constitution says,” the former photographer said.