The Campaign Coordinator of the Konadu for 2012 team, Michael Teye Nyaunu, has been captured on tape telling NDC Party delegates that President Mills’s failing sight has allowed the people surrounding him such as Ato Ahwoi to take control and act like the ones truly running the country.
The MP for Lower Manya constituency is heard explicitly telling delegates that President Mills is virtually blind and incapable of running his Government.
The existence of the tape was first published by the Enquirer newspaper which claimed that NDC flagbearer aspirant Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and Mr Nyaunu were preaching vindictiveness and lies about and against President Mills.
The Enquirer reported that the former first lady and Mr Nyaunu were addressing delegates of Ablekuma North, South and Central at Extima Hotel at Mataheko in Accra on Monday May 23, 2011 when they made the comments.
According to Mr Nyaunu, his claims are from an ‘insider’s report’ which the Konadu team feels hesitant to expose to the public because the team wants to protect the NDC’s image towards the 2012 elections.
Mr Nyaunu also asserted that President Mills can’t read any document brought to him for scrutiny at the Castle.
This is the second time the outspoken MP has made such remarks about President Mills. Before the 2008 elections Mr Nyaunu made similar allegations against Prof Mills, claiming that the President was too ill to be President.
“He (President Mills) can’t read any letter from anybody; that is the situation, he can’t read anything. He has an eye problem. Why is he not reading speeches? He speaks extempore.
“We are telling you how serious the thing is. Let me tell you, a lot of the people surrounding him have taken control. Every Minister is a President in his regard (sic), nobody is controlling them. They are all on their own.
“The only thing you will hear is that Ato Ahwoi and P.V would say that they are sacking somebody. Ato Ahwoi is the President. This is the extent to which we are going but we can’t say this in public”.
In an interview with Citi News on Thursday May 26, 2011 Mr Nyaunu confirmed his damaging remarks on President Mills, maintaining though that the remarks were a campaign message to NDC delegates and not meant for the general public.
He denied preaching vindictiveness against the Presidency but added that he was only telling the delegates the truth in order to help them make the right decision at the NDC congress to elect a flagbearer slated for July 8-10, 2011 at the Brong Ahafo regional capital, Sunyani.