Former NPP Chairman Sues Party

A former constituency chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), David Hoezame has sued the party for violating the party’s constitution.

A writ filed at the Accra High Court by Mr. Hoezame is seeking to compel the NPP to follow the procedure outlined in its constitution to reconstitute its National Council.

He also wants the 6th December date for the election of the presidential candidate declared null and void.

Mr. Hoezame in his Statement of Claim described himself as a fully paid up card bearing member of the NPP from ‘1992 up to and including 2014. He added that he was still a card bearing member of the party.

He further explained that the Paul Afoko-led executive has breached the NPP constitution by purporting to call for and take part in the deliberations of the National Council without reconstituting it after they were elected into office in April 2014.

Joined to the suit is the National Chairman of the Party, Paul Afoko.
The writ was filed on June 17, 2014.

Here are some of Mr. Hoezame (Plaintiff) claims’ against the Defendants:

(i) “A declaration that announcement of the 6th day of December, 2014 as date for the election of the 1st Defendant’s presidential candidate as Null and Void;

(ii) An Order directed at the Defendants to restore the Constitution of 1st Defendant Party to its original state and to duly and properly set up the National Council in accordance with the provisions of the 1st Defendant’s Constitution.

(iii) An Order restraining the 2nd Defendant from further breach of the 1st Defendant’s Constitution.

(iv) Costs.”

The Defendants have eight days to enter an appearance.

But Citi News investigations have revealed that the party’s planned National Council meeting scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled. It is however not clear the decision is as a result of this suit.

Meanwhile the first vice Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay in an interview with Citi News described as unfortunate the move by the former constituency executive to sue the party.

He noted that, “the issue of the constitution of the membership of the national council has been brought up a couple of times at our meetings.’’

People raised concerns with that and the party is solving that,’’ he added.