In a recent development, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the outspoken Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central and a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has addressed the controversy surrounding his “excuse me, strategist” comment. The remark, which had gained significant attention, was initially interpreted as a direct attack on Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as part of Agyapong’s bid for the NPP’s flagbearership position.
However, Agyapong has now provided clarification, stating that his comment was not intended to target Vice President Bawumia. He refutes the notion that it was a malicious potshot aimed at Bawumia and maintains that it was unrelated to the ongoing campaign for the NPP’s top leadership position.
Instead, Agyapong pointed out that his remarks were directed at another NPP MP who had previously criticized his contributions to the party. He made it clear that the intended target of his comments was the fellow NPP parliamentarian who had voiced disapproval of his involvement within the party and not Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.
The “excuse me, strategist” comment had sparked discussions within the party and raised questions about potential divisions or rifts among its members. With Agyapong’s explanation, he seeks to clear any misconceptions and put to rest the speculation surrounding the statement.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong expressed frustration with the media, accusing them of deliberately distorting his words to create sensational news. He lamented that his advice to the party to avoid provocative campaigning was completely ignored by the media and not reported accurately. Agyapong emphasized that the media’s portrayal of his comments did not reflect the true intent of his message, which was meant to be a constructive piece of advice to the NPP.
The NPP, being a major political force in Ghana, closely monitors developments within its ranks, especially when it concerns key leadership positions. Agyapong’s clarification comes at a critical time as the party gears up for internal decisions and preparations for future elections.
As the situation unfolds, party members and observers will likely keep a close eye on how this clarification impacts the dynamics within the NPP and how it may influence the ongoing flagbearership race.