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13th April 2011, 07:59 PM

An NPP Deputy Communications Director for Elections 2012, Samuel Awuku, is blaming President of the Republic of Ghana, Prof. John Evans Mills, Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Mr. Kwesi Pratt Jnr., and some people who respected not the will of the Ivorian people for the present demeaning status of self-imposed Ivorian leader, Laurent Gbagbo.

He posits that Mr. Gbagbo’s current standing is due to the bad counsel offered to him by the above mentioned people.

According to him, former President Gbagbo who used to don designer jackets had no choice than to make do with a rather demeaning “tie and dye” outfit which was even difficult to button up, when he was smoked out of his bunker under the presidential palace on Monday.

“After 10 years of being Head of State donning Gucci, Louis Vuitton suits and now even tie and dye dresses are hard to come by, shows clearly the man brought this on himself. This could have been avoided had it not been the bad advice from Kwesi Pratt, John Evans Atta Mills...,” he said.

He urged Alassane Ouattara not to be too disappointed with Ghana’s stance on the Ivorian political stalemate since one of his spokesperson, Patrick Achi, recently remarked that; “to be very honest, President Ouattara does not know the position of Ghana because Ghana’s position is confusing.

Touching on protest march by the group, Coalition of Africans Against Foreign Intervention (CAAFI), Samuel Awuku said the agitations by the group are misplaced and unwarranted and accused them of hypocrisy and double standards.

According to him, the Ivorian government, out of their own volition, appealed to the UN to help make the elections incident-free and therefore wondered how one can indict them for being too meddlesome.

To him, inasmuch as African leaders largely depend on the same Western countries for Foreign Direct Investment for development, it will be absurd to turn round and accuse them (West) of interfering in local affairs.

Contributing to a panel discussion on PeaceFM’s Kokrokoo Morning Show, the NPP Deputy Communications Director said based on such false hopes of support, the deposed Ivorian leader felt everyone including Ghana was in his favour, and as a result, refused to cede power. To him, if they had offered good counsel to Gbagbo, he would have stepped down long ago.

But in a quick rebuttal, Hon. Baba Jamal, deputy Minister of Information stressed that President Mills never offered any form of advice to Laurent Gbagbo on whether to relinquish power or not to step down.

“…we should let respect be our hallmark when talking on air. He (Samuel Awuku) is young so he should be circumspect in his speech especially about the Presidency. The President was asked his position on sending troops to Cote d’Ivoire and he gave a specific answer. His position was that we were overstretched and therefore could not send troops….where is the advice in this? You can’t speak like this about the president of this country. President Mills has not given any advice to anyone…,” the deputy Information Minister said.

However, not to be deterred, Samuel Awuku dismissed the Hon Deputy Minister’s intervention and maintained that Laurent Gbagbo was intransigent because of allies like President Mills and Kwesi Pratt Jnr.

“…since Baba (Jamal) was named as Deputy Information Minister, he is slowly becoming swollen-headed…Today he is complaining about insults? In any case, when I say he offered Gbagbo bad counsel is that an insult?...Where was he when some NDC stalwarts heavily descended on then President Kufuor saying he talks like ‘mumu’( a dumb person)…when Kobby (Acheampong) and Hannah (Bissiw) labeled Akufo-Addo as a ‘fruitcake’…now he has found his voice and is warning against speaking against the president…I repeat, that “Dzi Wu Fie Asem” policy of President Mills, which he advocated and consequentially emboldened Gbagbo to believe that he has allies. And make no mistake when Gbagbo’s Foreign Minister appeared before the AU, he claimed they had the support of 7 African leaders including South Africa, Ghana, Gambia, Angola, etc…I repeat, the remarkable transformation of (Laurent) Gbagbo today from designer suits and tie to simply tie and dye attire is as a result of the bad piece of advice offered him by President Mills and Kwesi Pratt,” he stated.

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