Minority Backs Afoko Suspension

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Minority Caucus in Parliament has resolved to back the indefinite suspension of the party’s National Chairman, Paul Awentime Afoko, after reviewing its stance on the matter.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, led by its First Vice-Chairman, Freddie Blay, last Friday suspended Mr. Afoko indefinitely on grounds of misconduct.

The Minority MPs are part of the NEC but decided to stay away from the said meeting.

Their position, according to the MP for Upper Denkyira West, Benjamin Ayeh, was strategic in that it would help them play a fatherly role in helping resolve the impasse that had rocked the party.

‘Prior to the meeting, the Parliamentary Caucus met at our leader’s office and we all agreed not to be part of the said meeting. We came to that conclusion after a thorough deliberation over the subject matter. Key amongst them is the legalities surrounding the First National Vice-Chairman who chaired the meeting. We also agreed that we should stay in the middle so that when the need arises for us to settle the matter amicably, we can be in pole position to talk to the feuding factions for peace to prevail,’ Mr. Ayeh told Kasapa FM.

Since the NEC’s suspension of Mr. Afoko, so many groupings have come out to support the decision, with only a few individuals kicking against it.

The party’s flagbearer, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has also thrown his weight behind the decision and urged fellow party members to respect the position of the NEC.

It is however, not clear what has informed the Minority Caucus to have a change of mind after reviewing its stance on the matter.

MP for Asuogyaman, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, who revealed the new position of the group, said once the NEC had a quorum to take the decision, whatever it decided was binding on the NPP Minority Caucus.

‘The position is that NEC has made a decision. We are members of NEC and once they have made that decision, we are part of that decision,’ he told Joy Fm.

NPP Chairman of Council of Elders – the body that led the crusade for Afoko’s suspension – C.K. Tedam, said the party had had enough of Paul Afoko’s arrogance, saying that the suspended chairman treated the party executive like prisoners.

The 90-year-old NPP elder said on Monday that ‘every time he (Paul Afoko) called a meeting, he called it at hotels and he chose the hotel and he would bring all sorts of people, some semi-military to surround the place.’

He averred, ‘We didn’t feel we were a party. We were like prisoners being escorted together to be talked to by the chairman. So we all said no, we will not want it that way.’

Mr Tedam said that at one point, ‘We called a meeting of national executives and regional chairmen at the party headquarters and he (Afoko) told us we should rather come to his private office at Osu; and all the members refused. ‘Sometimes with Nana (Akufo-Addo) sitting there and myself as an elder sitting there, if he didn’t like anything that we are saying, he will get up and take the gavel and bang it. Finished! No meeting again, and then meeting closes,’ he added.

The veteran politician said that there was nothing that could be done to convince Mr Afoko to resume talks with the party, adding, ‘Once he won’t come, he won’t come. The party was simply in his pocket. So anything he wanted done will be done.’

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