Posted on: www.dailyguideghana.com
By William Yaw Owusu
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has asked party members to respect the decision of the party’s leaders in the wake of the suspension of its National Chairman, Paul Afoko.
Two NPP chieftains from the northern part of Ghana and the Council of Elders petitioned the Disciplinary Committee to investigate and sanction Mr. Afoko, who they accused of working against the party’s interest as chairman.
The Committee therefore made its findings available to the National Executive Committee (NEC) and in the process, suspended Mr. Afoko indefinitely on stated grounds, including misconduct, last Friday.
Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement he personally signed from the United States where he is visiting, “I profoundly regret that matters have come to this.
“Last Friday in Accra, the National Executive Committee of the New Patriotic Party unanimously adopted the recommendation of the National Disciplinary Committee for the indefinite suspension of the National Chairman of the Party. According to a release by the Party, by the decision of the NEC, Mr. Paul Afoko is suspended indefinitely from the position of National Chairman of the NPP.”
Nana Akufo-Addo noted,“Such a development has been rather rare in the history of our party. I had hoped that internal discussions and a spirit of cooperation would have enabled the party to avoid such an eventuality.”
He added, “However, the appropriate organs of the party have acted. I am therefore, calling on all loyal members of the party to respect the decision of NEC and the Constitution of the party, which provides channels for redressing grievances.
“We need to conduct ourselves in a disciplined manner that will protect and promote the integrity and unity of the party.”
According to Nana Akufo-Addo,“The NPP requires a united and committed front for the task ahead. We need to stay focused and organise ourselves to prosecute a successful campaign in 2016 to relieve the Ghanaian people from their sufferings and hardships. Ghanaians are looking up to us.”