Sammy Crabbe Dismissed

An Accra Human Rights Court on Thursday struck out a statement of case filed by lawyers for Sammy Crabbe, the suspended 2nd Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to challenge his suspension from the party.

At the hearing of the action filed by Crabbe against the NPP for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights, Godfred Yeboah Dame, lawyer for the NPP, raised a preliminary objection to the filing of a statement of case in support of Crabbe’s motion.

He indicated among others that the statement of case had been filed in violation of the rules of court, contending that same was most irregular.

Ekow Korsah, lawyer for Crabbe, failed to justify the filing of the statement of case.

As a result, the court, presided over Justice Dennis Adjei, an Appeal Court judge sitting as additional High Court judge, struck out Crabbe’s statement of case, saying it was in violation of the rules of court.

The court held that the plaintiff was seeking a determination of the legality of the actions of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the NPP, explaining that the case ought to be argued with affidavits and not a statement of case.

Sitting continues on April 6, 2016.
Mr Crabbe dragged the party to court weeks after his suspension by the NEC and cited the violation of the rules of natural justice, error on the face of the records and a breach of procedure.

Mr Crabbe, in his suit, argued that the two members- Boye Laryea and Gladys Tsotso Mann-Dedey, whose petition led to his suspension, were not members of congress and could not have initiated such proceedings against him.

The petitioners contended that Crabbe per his utterances in the media of mass communication had brought the party into disrepute.

They further contended that Crabbe had stated that he was not ready to accept the status-quo and he should therefore be deemed to have vacated his position.

By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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