General-Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has described Mr John-Peter Amewu, Minister of Energy and parliamentary candidate as a good man who was in the wrong political party.
“I know Amewu very well, and he is from this town, but whatever good he has done as an individual can never change the policies of Akufo-Addo’s government. He will go to Heaven because of his good deeds. He will not go to Parliament,” he said.
Mr Asiedu Nketia was addressing party members in Wli and Hohoe Zongo, all in the Hohoe constituency over the weekend when he made the remarks.
He thanked the NDC members in the constituency for “being with the NDC party since 1992 till date” and urged them to vote for the NDC parliamentary candidate and also the party’s flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, to win back the presidential seat.
“He [Amewu] is my friend so, don’t insult him. What we want is to convince him to come and join the NDC. His government believes in prosperity for few family and friends, so, even if you are in his government, you could be helped to become rich, but not same as helping your community to also become rich.”
He said changing political parties had never encouraged the development of communities in the country.
“I don’t think that changing political parties has ever helped any community in Ghana. You are better off staying with your party by voting for the presidential and parliamentary candidates in the elections.”
“You all know we have been under this government for close to four years or so, and you don’t need anybody to tell you how the New Patriotic Party (NPP) governs. You may have a very good person, who is your brother in NPP, but he alone cannot change the NPP policies.”
The General Secretary noted that the NDC party stood for prosperity for all because it was better for a government to create conditions for everybody in the community to earn a living rather than making individuals rich.
“NDC would create conditions to make the youth to be able to make their own living hence the party’s two major policies including; free technical and vocational education to empower the youth.”
He noted that the party would make sure that people who do not have the chance to go to school, were also empowered to earn a living under the party’s free national apprenticeship programme.
“When we come to power, we will recruit at least 500,000 youth nationwide and also select master apprentices and craftsmen, register them and assign these recruits to them under various vocations, while government pays for their services.”
Mr Asiedu Nketia said the NDC government would provide sets of tools and initial capital for apprentices who completed their training under the programme.
The General Secretary who revealed that the next NDC government would continue the works of all past governments, urged the members of the party to conduct their campaigns devoid of insults and fights in the constituency.
“We heard Amewu is building classroom blocks for schools as an individual, but that should be the work of the government. Let him know that, we will complete the blocks when we win power.”
However, Mr Anthony Kondobrey, Hohoe constituency Chairman of NPP, briefing the media later, said the statements by the General-Secretary of the NDC made in relation to Mr. John Peter Amewu, should be regarded as a tacit endorsement of the NPP candidate as against the NDC candidate.
He said the level of development activities being carried out in the constituency, championed by Mr. Amewu is legendary and that electorates of the Hohoe constituency have noticed that beyond party colours, there must be commensurate development projects to acknowledge loyalty, saying “Asiedu Nketia and the NDC should be ashamed of themselves for using the people for their parochial interests.”
He said the electorates in Hohoe have seen the fruits of a single man and decided who their next Member of Parliament should be and that Mr. Asiedu Nketia’s description of Amewu as a friend and a good man is long known to the people, who have decided to vote for him.
Mr. Kondobrey disagreed with the NDC General-Secretary that even though Mr Amewu is a good man, his good deeds would only cushion him to enter heaven, but not Parliament insisting that a candidate for heaven is a better candidate for Parliament than the NDC candidate.
The Hohoe NPP Chairman said the NDC and Asiedu Nketia had failed to understand the changing trend of politics and were still thinking that the people are still supporting parties that fail to honour loyalty.
He continued by saying that Mr Amewu is an integral part of NPP government and whatever he did should be seen as part of government’s support to the people in the area adding that “how can Amewu use his personal resources to do government work, these monumental development projects cannot be funded by Amewu. Asiedu Nketia should know better.”