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To reinstate or not: Court decides Afoko's fate August 15

Paul Afoko
A High Court in Accra will on August 15 decide whether to reinstate Mr Paul Afoko who has been challenging his suspension as the chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The court presided over by Justice Anthony Yeboah set the date Tuesday after counsel for Mr Afoko and the NPP filed their written closing addresses that sum up their respective cases from point of law.
Mr Afoko in October 2015 filed a suit at the Court challenging his suspension. He is seeking his reinstatement grounding his argument on claims that his suspension was procedurally wrong per the party’s constitution.
Acting National Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay, was joined to the suit which was filed against the NPP.
Afoko’s case
Mr Afoko argued in his statement of case that he was the National Chairman of the NPP, having been duly elected by an overwhelming majority of votes at a national delegates’ congress of the NPP in Tamale in 2014.
He said the NPP is a political party duly registered under the relevant laws of Ghana after satisfying all the requirements imposed on political parties by both the 1992 Constitution and the Political Parties Act.
According to him, the Mr Blay was the first National Vice Chairman of the first defendant having been duly elected into office by majority of votes at the national delegates’ congress of the party in Tamale in 2014.
“I swore an oath at the Tamale National Delegates Congress to defend and uphold the constitution of the party to over 5,000 party delegates, members and supporters and this is exactly what I intend to do,” he explained as the rationale behind his suit.
He had said: “I am not doing this for Paul Afoko but to ensure that the constitutional principles of the party are upheld and the sanctity of the party maintained for its current and future growth.”
By 3news.com|Ghana

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