Kufuor invited perceived NPP pastors for crisis meeting – Ephson

Pollster Ben Ephson has stated that the invitation extended to some clergymen in the country by former President John Kufuor in his attempt to resolve the crisis in the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) gives credence to the perception that those religious leaders are aligned to the opposition party.

According to him, the former president could have extended the invitation to many other pastors if his intention was to seek the opinion and help of influential clergymen on the tensions within the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition.

The office of the former President has confirmed that a meeting convened at the instance of Kufuor in his house to resolve the differences between the NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the party’s National Chairman and the General Secretary, Messrs Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyei Agyepong respectively, was attended by some leading members of the clergy.

Members of the clergy who were said to be present are the Most Rev. Prof Emmanuel Martey, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana; the Most Rev. Charles Palmer-Buckle, the Catholic Metropolitan Arch-bishop of Accra, and Pastor Mensa Otabil, the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church.

Commenting on the meeting on Ephson’s File on Starr 103.5FM Friday, the managing editor of the Dispatch newspaper said the former president, through his statement after the meeting, has fallen for a bait that was set for him.

“I think that there was a bait to smoke President Kufuor out and he has fallen for the bait.

“ Because he has come out to explain what actually happened and in the explanation, he has raised more question than answers.

“ He said he brought in all these pastors because the people who can help resolve the NPP’s crisis attended those churches but I am sure the ex-president knows that Fred Oware attends Duncan-Williams’ church,” Ephson noted.