The General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Kwabena Agyapong and second national vice chairman Sammy Crabbe have been suspended indefinitely.
The disciplinary committee took the decision after Kwabena Agyepong was petitioned by some members of the party for what they describe as gross disrespect and misconduct.
The National Executive Committee of the party in a meeting Thursday, December 10, 2015 to deliberate over the Disciplinary Committee’s recommendations regarding the two suspended Sammy Crabbe and Kwabena Agyepong.
Kwabena Agyepong had earlier faced the Disciplinary Committee of the party over a petition filed and actions to be taken against him.
But Mr Crabbe refused to honour the invitation of the committee because the acting national chairman, Mr Freddie Blay has no locus to sanction him following the suspension of Mr Paul Afoko as national chairman.
According to him, the National Council is the only and proper party organ that can hear a complaint against a member of the party’s National Executive Committee.
At the end of its deliberations, the NEC decided by unanimous decision of all 45 members present, to suspend Mr. Agyepong indefinitely from the position of NPP General Secretary.
The petitions against Mr. Agyepong included;
A) Violation of Article 3(D) of the NPP constitution which enjoins members to publicly uphold the decisions of the party, through various acts including;ii. His disregard for NEC decision on 23rd October, 2015, suspending Mr. Paul Afoko. ii. Various Public statements he made that cast the Party in bad light.
B) He engaged in unilateral actions and activities without consultation of, or authorization by the NEC, such as;i. Writing to the Electoral Commission designating only himself and suspended Chairman Afoko as the only authorized signatories.ii. Granting waivers to parliamentary aspirants iii. Non-reference of legal matters to the proper legal Committee of the Partyiv. Interference with Constituency primaries against National Appeal Committee decisions and also, Court decisions. v. Misrepresentation/misleading of NEC on status of some constituency primaries vi. He, in conjunction with suspended Chairman Afoko and Sammy Crabbe, launched Party cards without authorizations from NEC.
The meeting also considered the report of the Disciplinary Committee on petitions against Mr. Sammy Crabbe, 2nd National Vice Chairman. The meeting also by unanimous decision upheld the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee to suspend Mr. Crabbe indefinitely from his position as NPP 2nd National Vice Chairman. The petitioners against Mr. Crabbe were Mr. Boye Laryea and Madam Gladys Mann-Dede, both former Greater Accra Regional executives. The gravamen of the petition against Mr. Sammy Crabbe involved his violation of article 3 (D) on the duties of a member. Mr. Sammy Crabbe on several occasions publicly went against the NEC decision on the 23rd October, 2015 suspending Mr. Paul Afoko. He also in conjunction with Mr. Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong launched party membership cards and fundraising activities without authorization from NEC.
Members of the Disciplinary Committee include Most Rev. Dr. Samuel Asante Antwi (Chairman) Alhaji Abubakar Abdul Rahman, Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor, Madam Ama Busia, Prof. Mike Oquaye, Hon. Ayikoi Otoo, and Hon. Gifty Kusi.