Party pressure contributed to Ayariga's 'flop' – Adenta MP
7/19/2012 11:32:39 PM -
Member of Parliament for the Adetan Constituency, Kojo Adu-Asare has blamed aggrieved members of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) for the 'disappointing' performance of their flag-bearer, Hassan Ayariga at the IEA organized presidential debate.
According to Adu-Asare, the internal party wrangling in the PNC affected Mr. Ayariga's preparation towards the encounter.
The PNC presidential candidate faces stiff opposition from a group within his party who have accused him of causing disaffection in the Party, following what they say is his [Ayariga]association with the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The youth group calling itself Caucus for Strategic Progress have issued a two-week ultimatum for Mr. Ayariga to render an unqualified apology to the entire membership or resign, over his recent comments on the formation of the new National Democratic Party (NDP).
Also, the National Coordinator of the group who doubles as the PNC's Policy Analyst, Atik Mohammed expressed skepticism prior to his flag-bearer's appearance at the debate Tuesday.
After his evening encounter, based on expert analysis, Mr. Ayariga failed to impress the enthusiastic crowd who thronged the venue to listen to the policies and programmes of a PNC government if voted to power.
According to political pundits, civil society groups and the Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC), Mr. Ayariga's performance was embarrassing, disappointing and shallow.
But speaking on Asempa FM's Ekosii Sen programme Thursday, Kojo Adu-Asare was convinced that Hassan Ayariga could have performed exceedingly well if he had the support of his party.
He said the PNC leader even at the day of the debate was disrupted unnecessarily by leading party members which affected his performance.
Notwithstanding, the Adetan MP believes Hassan Ayariga is an inspiration to young people; adding that given another opportunity he [Hassan] will do better.
Adu-Asare urged the PNC to settle their differences quickly ahead of the December polls to avert any electoral misfortunes.