NPP Chairman Afoko faces suspension

National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Paul Awentami Afoko has been penned down for suspension by the National Council of Elders in a move to “bring all such misconducts and infractions to an end”.

In a letter written to the Disciplinary Committee of the party, a recommendation was made to suspend Mr Afoko “from office until after the 2016 elections”.

Signed by C.K. Tedam, the Chairman of the Council, the letter also recommended “thorough investigations into the constitutional breaches of chairman Afoko”.

This comes at a time the party’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is on a tour of the country to foster unity among party members especially losing and winning parliamentary candidates of the June 13 primaries.

According to the Council, efforts to get Mr Afoko and General Secretary Kwabena Agyei Agyepong to resolve the internal wrangling of the party especially after the death of Adams Mahama, the Chairman of the Upper West Region branch, have proven futile despite a number of steps taken by the Council.

“Sir, we believe the party has reached the cross-roads and definitive action needs to be taken immediately to bring all such misconducts and infractions to an end. We will expect speedy treatment of this complaints and in any case, not later than the constitutionally stipulated deadline of 21-days in article 4.5(c).”

The straw that broke the camel’s back, according to the Council’s letter, was a statement issued by the spokesperson of Mr Afoko over an issue that was being handled as strictly an internal matter at a time the leader of the party announced his “Rise and Build Tour”.

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“It, therefore, came as a shock of our teeming supporters, NEC and the National Council of Elders to read in the dailies…a statement from one Mr. Nana Yaw Osei who described himself as the spokesperson of the national chairman of the NPP Mr. Paul Afoko about fighting corruption at all levels of the party. This was immediately followed by one Mr. Baah Acheamfour who proceeded to make a complaint to the police.

“The conduct of Chairman Afoko and his alleged spokesperson is in gross and flagrant violation of Article 3d (VIII) of the NPP’s constitution under duties of a Member which states that a member shall not initiate commence or prosecute any legal proceedings whatsoever against the a party or any member of the party relating to party affairs without first exhausting the grievance procedure laid down in the Constitution in respect of grievances against the party or any other members.”