Kennedy Agyapong, Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central and a flagbearer hopeful of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has denied making statements accusing the NPP of ‘looting the country’.
These allegations stemmed from a viral video that circulated on social media.
He contended that the video had been intentionally edited to create disaffection against him and tarnish the reputation of the Akufo-Addo government.
In a press statement issued on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, Kennedy clarified the context of the video, asserting that it was extracted from a private meeting he had with NPP communicators in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, during the weekend.
“My attention has been drawn to a video on social media which has since gone viral where I am heard saying that the NPP was looting the country as if there was not tomorrow. I wish to state that this is a complete and unfortunate misrepresentation of the actual content and focus of my message at that private event in Kumasi. It was a meeting with a small group of NPP communicators who had organised a small fundraising for me at the weekend.”
“I wish to stress the point that the offending video was culled from a private meeting with some communicators in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, over the weekend, and edited to purposefully create disaffection towards me, Ken Ohene Agyapong and to bring the Akufo-Addo government into disrepute.”
Kennedy further elucidated that during the private gathering, he expressed his frustration with how the party’s communicators were not effectively countering opposition propaganda.
“At the event, I lamented the fact that our communicators were letting the party down and that every government would have its fair share of corruption cases, especially in 8 years, but because of one or two bad cases which the authorities were handling and in a transparent manner as it should be, we have, sadly, allowed the ruthless opposition propaganda machinery, the mass media and the social media to create the deadly impression that NPP was looting as If there was no tomorrow, including allegations of stashing funds abroad.”
“Indeed, told the gathering not to be fooled by the lies against our government and party. I also expressed my anger and unhappiness about the way we were allowing ourselves to be unfairly bashed in the Media especially social media, as if we were worse than the NDC which is certainly not the case,” the statement added.
Kennedy Agyapong further affirmed his commitment to the NPP.
“I remain a committed member of our great Party and hope to lead us in our quest to ‘break the eight’, as together, we face John Mahama and the NDC for the “Showdown” on 7 December 2024.”
A video of the lawmaker speaking at a meeting organized by some Party communicators to raise funds for his presidential aspirations went viral over the weekend.
He was heard in the video saying the NPP was enriching itself with the country’s resources and promised to deal with it if elected flagbearer and subsequently President.
Read statement below: