Activists and leaders from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ghana are calling for the Party's National Chair, Paul Afoko, and the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, to step down in the wake of the death of Adams Mahama, the NPP's Upper East Regional Chairman.
The thugs killed Mahama near his residence last Wednesday by pouring acid all over his body. Mahama subsequently died from his injuries at Bolgatanga Regional Hospital. He was buried last Saturday.
Asabke Alangbi and Gregory Afoko have been arrested by the police for the murder of Adams Mahama. Gregory Afoko is the brother to NPP National Chairman Paul Afoko.
Fingers have already been pointed at NPP Chairman Paul Afoko and General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong as masterminds of this gruesome attack, but the duo has denied any involvement.
Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong, have been accused of dividing the Party.
Central, Eastern, and Volta Regional executives of the opposition NPP passed a vote of no confidence in the Afoko and Agyepong.
The decision was made Monday at a meeting held simultaneously in all 10 regions of Ghana.
The two have not been directly connected to the death of Mahama, but critics cite an altercation between Mahama and the two national executives which put a halt to a meeting in the Upper East Region.
The two leaders were also missing at the funeral and burial of the late Mahama. Partly leaders like 2016 NPP presidential candidate, Nana Akuffo Addo, and his running mate, Muhammad Bawumia, were present for his burial on Saturday. The funeral featured an army of protesters holding placards calling for the sacking of the two leaders.
Speaking on Peace FM's "Kokrokoo", renowned journalist, Kwesi Pratt, questioned the logic in the demand for the two leaders to resign from their positions.
“If that is the case, then President Mahama would have resigned a long time ago. Nana Addo would have also resigned a long time ago. President Kufour too would have long resigned. Just because we insult you, you must resign…How do you connect Kwabena Agyapong to this death? So if you cannot connect, why should he resign...?"
It appears the call by the youth has forced a meeting of regional Party executives to begin impeachment processes against the two personnel. But to Pratt, this decision by the NPP leadership will potentially spell doom for the party and affect its fortunes.
He also slammed Nana Akufo Addo for failing to call the actors in the dispute with Mahama to quell the tensions after their argument.
“Why didn’t he stop them? Why didn’t he tell them that the action they’re taking would cripple the party, so stop? I don’t understand. I don’t understand. Why?” he questioned Nana Addo's inability to restore order in the rank and file of the party.