In a recent turn of events, Samuel Koku Anyidoho, the Former Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has called out hypocrisy and double standards in a viral video showing Members of Parliament from both the NDC and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) celebrating the 45th birthday of an NDC MP.
The video, which surfaced on social media, depicted the Deputy Majority Leader and MP for Effutu, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markins (NPP), and the MP for Ejumako Enyan-Essiam and Minority Leader, Cassiel Ato Baah Forson (NDC), enjoying a meal together at an undisclosed location to mark the latter’s birthday.
Reacting to the video, Koku Anyidoho expressed his frustration over the backlash he faced for appealing to President Akufo-Addo to build the Asomdwe Park. He claimed that he had been labelled a traitor by certain individuals, presumably from his own party, for making the plea.
In a tweet from his official Twitter handle, the CEO of Atta Mills Institute wrote, “Nothing wrong with 2 MPs having a meal, but when I get insulted for begging President Akufo-Addo to build Asomdwe Park, & they call me a traitor, then this video exposes who the real traitors are. Hypocrites & parasites. So he was having a birthday treat, huh? God is watching.”
The video has sparked heated discussions across social media platforms, with many users questioning the motives behind the criticism faced by Koku Anyidoho while the same individuals appeared to show camaraderie and unity in the birthday celebration of a fellow MP from a rival party.
As public figures and lawmakers, Afenyo-Markins and Ato Baah Forson’s actions are scrutinised as citizens expect transparency and honesty from their representatives. The apparent double standards in the responses to their actions have raised concerns about the state of politics in the country.
While some believe that MPs should be able to share a meal and engage in friendly interactions regardless of party affiliation, others argue that this incident highlights the underlying divisions and hypocrisy within the political landscape.
As Ghanaians continue to discuss the implications of the viral video, it remains to be seen how both NDC and NPP members will respond to the growing calls for accountability and consistency in their actions.
Meanwhile, Samuel Koku Anyidoho’s comments have brought the issue to the forefront, shedding light on the need for open dialogue and genuine efforts towards national development without political bias.