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By: George Sydney Abugri

I have known the suspended New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman Paul Afoko since he was a young adult. His elder brother, Martin Afoko {now deceased} was a fairly close friend of mine for many years. His father, Francis Afoko, was a key distributor of the Pioneer Tobacco Company in Bolgatanga. His depot and office were located downtown, right opposite Super Service Inn.

His political activism and career in politics have been one fiery baptism of fire after another.

 

It was probably as foolhardy as rushing bare-handed and headlong at a charging bull or jumping out of a plane without a parachute, but following the military coup of December 31, 1981, Paul Afoko did the unthinkable.

On a day when fear and high-voltage tension swept across the country from coast to  northern borders, the high and mighty in society were fleeing the country or going into hiding, and fiery-eyed soldiers in combat gear patrolled deserted streets, Paul Afoko and a few friends stood up against the coup with a frightening brazenness.

 

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