Afoko’s Disqualification Ill-Timed–Rashid Pelpuo Laments

Member of Parliament for Wa Central and Minister-In-Charge of Private Sector Development Hon. Abdul Rashid Hassan Pelpuo, has questioned the rational behind the NPP Vetting Committee to disqualify Paul Afoko as a contender of the NPP National Chairmanship position.

It would recalled that NPP Director of Elections, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, had earlier indicated that the Vetting Committee has decided to put Mr. Paul Afoko on hold in order to deliberate on a petition brought against him by some anonymous persons.

Meanwhile, media reports had further suggested that Mr. Afoko has been disqualified on some unknown grounds.

It is in this direction that Hon. Rashid Pelpou, speaking on ‘News File’ expressed worries over the action and challenges the basis for which Mr. Afoko was cut down.

“I know Mr. Afoko and what he has done for the NPP during Kufour time, as a northerner he has worried us on many campaign platforms so why didn’t they disqualify him at that time, were they not aware of what they are now alleging,” the minister questioned.

The MP believes the NPP will suffer significantly if the case is not handled properly.

Hon. Seth Kwame Acheampong MP for Mpraeso nonetheless maintained that Mr. Paul Afoko has not been disqualified and that the committee is only acting in accordance with the party’s constitution.

However, he appealed to the committee to make a thorough investigation of the petition having in mind the serious ramifications it may bring to the party to take any ill-informed decision.

The Party has disqualified Fred Amankwah Sarfo, Hajia Fatimah and Philomena Serwaah Akoto (who were all vying for the vice chairmanship position), Kamal Abdulai (who was contesting for Nasara coordinator) and one person whose name has been withheld.

These potential contenders people have until Monday Feb, 17 to appeal against the decision of the committee.

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