NPP’s Chairman Paul Afoko suspended indefinitely

There has been a unanimous decision to indefinitely suspend the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Paul Afoko.

This was after an emergency meeting called by first vice chairman of the party, Freddy Blay. The decision follows an earlier one taken by the Disciplinary committee of the party in September.

After a vote taken by the executives who met, it was unanimous that the Chairman, who had declared the meeting ‘illegal’ to be suspended indefinitely.

The meeting, which was held at the NPP’s headquarters, was preceded by a scuffle between persons believed to be supporters of the embattled chairman, Paul Afoko and the security guards of the party known as Invisible Forces.

There was heavy police presence at the party’s headquarters before and during the meeting following the clashes which left some people badly hurt and some property destroyed.

After news broke that a National Executive Committee meeting had been called, Mr. Paul Afoko released a press statement to counter the meeting describing it as an illegality. He said he (Mr. Afoko) was the one constitutionally mandated to call any such meeting and chair it if ‘he is capable and is within the jurisdiction.’

His letter was disregarded and the committee went ahead to hold the meeting which suspended him. According to sources at the party’s headquarters the meeting was held without Mr. Afoko because he could not be in a meeting aimed at taking a decision to suspend him.

The NPP has been struggling internally which has also led to the death of its Upper East regional chairman Adams Mahama who died through an acid attack.

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Although the flagbearer of the party, Nana Akufo Addo has called for a cease fire and calm within the rank and file of the party, this call seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin