The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwabena Agyei Agyepong is suggesting that the party’s Disciplinary Committee does not have the power to summon the party’s national chairman, Mr. Paul Afoko.
Mr. Agyapong in a letter urged the disciplinary committee to rescind its decision to invite the party’s chairman for questioning.
The NPP’s National Council of Elders has petitioned the disciplinary committee alleging misconduct on the part of Paul Afoko.
But Mr. Agyepong in his letter to the disciplinary committee cited some articles in the party’s constitution that frowns upon the invitation extended to Afoko.
“It is quite obvious from Article 4(3) (d) above that any complaint or petition against the National Chairman who is a member of the National Executive Committee should be made to the National Council (NC). Any such petition or complaint need to be filed at the National Secretariat with the General Secretary, who would subsequently, inform the NC for the council to convene; during which, it may refer the matter to the National Disciplinary Committee,” a portion of the letter reads.
It added: “Since this has not been done, the National Disciplinary Committee cannot on its own assume jurisdiction over a matter that has not been properly laid before it. Respectfully, the jurisdiction of the National Disciplinary Committee cannot be simply invoked by a direct correspondence from a petitioner against a member of the national executive.”
Mr. Kwabena Agyapong further noted that: "Furthermore, Article 4 (3)(d) stipulates that such a petition should be initiated by a member of the party not an organ/body such as the National Council of Elders as is the case with the petition of the National Council of Elders. If any member of the council wants to bring a complaint in writing against the National Chairman, that individual should kindly do so in his personal capacity as a member of the party as required by the provision."
He also added in his letter the party's "constitution did not envisage that a body such as the National Council of Elders would be petitioners, as the Council has a sizable representation on the National Disciplinary Committee. This is the case to uphold the principles of natural justice; no man can be a judge in his own case".Mr. Agyapong's letter was copied to the former president, John Agyekum Kuffourm the party's flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo and the National Council of Elders.