Court dismisses case against suspended Paul Afoko

The court in its view ordered the applicant to exhaust internal mechanisms in dealing with party issues instead of going public.

 

A case brought against the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of the procedure leading to the suspension of the national chairman Paul Afoko has been thrown out in court.

The court ruled that the case of a party supporter, Oppong Kyekyeku did not prove his interest in the case and failed to prove he was an agent of Afoko.

But the court in its view ordered the applicant to exhaust internal mechanisms in dealing with party issues instead of going public.

Kyekyeku argued the National Council should have dealt with the case instead of the NEC hence the decision is in violation of the party’s constitution.

Oppong Kyekyeku in his argument said the Disciplinary Committee of the NPP lacked jurisdiction to hear a petition calling for the suspension of Paul Afoko.

But the court dismissed the case.

Meanwhile, the party have  held its first National Executive Committee (NEC)  and National Exective Council (NC) meetings  to affirm  the suspension of the National Chairman of the party, Mr  Paul Afoko.

The meetings also  affirmed  the first vice chairman, Mr Freddie Blay, as acting National Chairman, were  attended by  the flag bearer of the party  and his running mate, Nana Addo  Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia respectively and some party stalwarts.

Report indicates that more than  90 members out of the 120 forming the membership attended the  meetings including some members of parliament.

However, the NEC has asked its members to support the suspension of Mr Afoko.

The Director of Communications of the party, Nana Akomea speaking to the media after meeting said the two bodies are solidly behind its new acting national chairman.

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