by: michael eli dokosi /www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
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It isn’t clear how it the grudge begun but the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has not taken likely to a decision by the production team of News File and its presenter Samson Anyenini to bar two representatives of the party, Nana Boakye alias Nana B and Eric Twum from appearing on the show on Saturday because they failed to meet the qualification standard to warrant a sitting.
Blakkpepper.com understands lawyer and former Deputy Attorney General Hon. Dominic Ayine was set to represent the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the show while Godfred Dame also a respected lawyer as well Deputy Attorney General was to represent the New Patriotic Party.
Trouble however brewed when Hon. Dame pulled out from the show in which case the NPP delegated Nana B who is the Deputy Head at the National Service Scheme and Eric Twum but it does appear the NDC might have demanded someone of the standing of Hon. Ayine from the NPP group through the News File team failure of which could lead to they also sending an inferior party officer.
The intransigence might have led to the ‘not meeting the standard’ phrase from the Newsfile team we’ve all come to hear from the episode.
While many NPP sympathisers were livid upon hearing the news, one political enthusiast, Mustapha Hameed tore into show host, Samson Anyenini dismissing the standards bench mark.
John Boadu, the Acting General Secretary of the NPP also issued a letter demanding an unqualified apology from the MULTIMEDIA GROUP and show host Samson Anyenini.
Below are excerpts from the letter:
“The NPP after submitting names for representation on Saturday 15th April, 2017 edition of Newsfile, was surprised to hear on the live show our representatives “were not up to the standard of the show”. The unsavoury pronouncement was made by the Host.
“Mr. Henry Nana Boakye, who is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the National Service Scheme and Eric Twum, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, are members of our national communications team.
“We have worked hand in hand with your organization at different levels and find this not only unnecessary but a display of high handedness in a simple matter that could have been resolved through dialogue and respect.”
On Sunday, a day after the incident, blakkpepper.com learnt the Multimedia Group, operators of Joy FM have apologised to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and two of its representatives who were refused participation in the radio station’s news analysis show, Newsfile, on Saturday.
Below is the full statement:
“This comment by the host of Newsfile seems to have hurt many people and has generated a controversy.
“The intention was not to denigrate the person of those who the NPP chose to represent it on Newsfile yesterday.
“The decision on who appears on any of our shows rests with the editorial team and we would stand by those decisions.
“However, we apologise unreservedly for the use of words that suggest that the two gentlemen are not up to the standard.
Perhaps the apology will calm nerves but there’s a long week ahead so let’s see hows things turn out.