National Council Members Fought Against My Candidature - Afoko Accuses

National Council Members Fought Against My Candidature - Afoko Accuses

Suspended national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Paul Afoko says the national council members of the party are against him.

According to him majority of the members on the council were against his chairmanship bid in 2013. “All the 70 people who voted against me are opposition; they fought against my candidature”.

“I wish to state that the decision to suspend me is unconstitutional, the national council does not have the jurisdiction in this matter to suspend indefinitely, an elected national officer of the party.

“The decision is a threat to the freedom of conscience, association and progress of our party,” he stated at a press conference in Accra Wednesday.

Mr. Afoko was suspended by the National Executive Committee of the party last month after some members petitioned the party over his conduct.

Barely a week ago, the party’s National Council, which is the second highest decision making body of the party after congress, also voted unanimously to affirm the suspension.

Out of 77 people who voted at that meeting, 70 voted for the suspension to be upheld, six abstained from voting, while one voted for him to be reinstated.

But Mr. Afoko in his first public appearance since his suspension said “I wish to state that the decision to suspend me is unconstitutional, the national council does not have the jurisdiction in this matter to suspend indefinitely, an elected national officer of the party”.

“The decision is a threat to the freedom of conscience, association and progress of our party,” he stated at a press conference in Accra Wednesday.

He also intimated that he will not be cowed by the seeming intimidation in the party but will fight to defend himself and other members of the party who are speaking against the injustice in the system.

Paul Afoko also revealed that he is going to court to challenge the decision of the party.

“After exhausting all the internal processes I am left with no option than to head to the court to seek interpretation of my party’s constitution. I am not only doing this for myself but for everyone else including the flagbearer of our party, because today it is the national chairman, the next time it may be a flagbearer. It is wrong for some seventy people to sit in a room somewhere in Accra and decide to remove an elected official,” he added.

 

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