Tuesday, February 24, 2009


IN the face of fierce resistance by the NDC to his candidature, an aspiring contestant to become the Ashanti Regional representative on the Council of State, Mr Akenten Appiah-Menkah, has predicted that he will make history today as the first founder of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to become a Council of State member in the NDC administration of President Mills.
The Ashanti Regional NDC Chairman, Mr Daniel Ohene-Agyekum, has vowed to use all available means to torpedo Mr Appiah-Menkah's moves to get onto the Council of State.
Mr Ohene-Agyekum had indicated that it was wrong in the first place for Mr Appiah-Menkah to attempt to get onto the Council of State because of his deep-seated roots with the NPP.
He alleged that when NPP supporters attacked him and NDC supporters in the run-up to the last presidential and parliamentary elections, Mr Appiah-Menkah did not say anything to condemn the acts of his party supporters and wondered how he could turn round to fight his way onto the Council of State.
He said the NDC had many qualified men and women to serve on the Council of State and did not think an NPP stalwart was the right person to be on the council.
But, in an interview with the Daily Graphic yesterday, the octogenarian Mr Appiah-Menkah, who is also a renowned industrialist, said he was aware of the machinations by the NDC to scuttle his attempts to get onto the Council of State, "but I promise them that history will be made tomorrow".
He pointed out that he was not seeking an appointment from President Mills to become a member of the Council of State.
"I am going for an election which is open to any citizen of the land irrespective of one's political affiliation," he said.
He, therefore, called the bluff of Mr Ohene-Agyekum, stressing that "he knows I am going to win and that is why he is doing all that".
Mr Appiah-Menkah said since the constitution did not bar him in any way from contesting, he would go ahead to contest and win.

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