Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong
THE 1ST Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, has assumed the position of Acting National Chairman of the party in the absence of Paul Afoko, who is travelling outside the country.
Mr. Afoko and the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, are expected to travel to the United Kingdom to represent the NPP at this year’s Conservative Party Conference to be held in Birmingham, from 28 to 2 October 2014. They would be away for a week.
A statement signed by Kwabena Agyepong said during their absence, ‘Freddie Blay (1st National Vice- Chairman) will act as National Chairman while Sammy Crabbe (2 nd National Vice-Chairman) will act as General Secretary’, urging all to cooperate with them.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the party has finally set up an elections committee to handle the upcoming
presidential primary of the party scheduled for October 18.
This was after several complaints by key and influential members of the party.
A statement issued by Kwabena Agyepong said the decision was taken at a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday September 24, 2014, to deliberate on the road map towards the primary.
The nine-member National Elections Committee has Alhaji Bin Salih, a member of the Council of Elders from the Upper West Region, as its Chairman, with Member of Parliament (MP) for Akwapim South, Osei Bonsu Amoah, as Vice Chairman.
Members of the committee include Manhyia South MP, Matthew Opoku Prempeh; Ablekuma West MP, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful; National Organiser John Boadu; National Women’s Organizer and Otiko Afisa Djaba.
Acting Director of Finance and Administration of the party, whose appointment remains an unsettled business in the NPP, Edward Tettey and Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, secretary to the committee, and Karim Kudayah.
Provisions were also made for the formation of Regional Election Committees to include Chairpersons of Regional Council of Elders, one senior female member of the party, Regional Research and Elections Officer, a representative of Regional Executive Committee, while the Constituency Elections Committee shall be made up of the Chairpersons of Constituency Council of Elders, one senior female member of the party and Constituency Research and Elections Officer.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) also expressed disquiet at the excessive and intemperate language being used on the airwaves by party members during this internal contest and advised all to abide by the guidelines for the presidential primary as approved by the National Council.
It therefore advised the rank and file of the party to ‘exercise maximum restraint in their utterances in order to preserve the unity and cohesiveness of the party’ while urgingall to abide by the provisions of theparty’s Constitution regarding disputeresolution and entreated members to exhaust all internal channels of redress
BY Charles Takyi-Boadu
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