Ade Coker and co have no power to suspend Sam George, Namoale – NDC

Politics of Thursday, 3 December 2015


Joseph Ade CokerAde Coker

The decision of the Greater Accra Regional Executive of the NDC to suspend two parliamentary candidates for misconduct has been challenged.

A Deputy General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress, George Lawson says the party’s regional executive have no power to suspend any parliamentary candidate.

He was reacting to a decision of Greater Accra Regional NDC to suspend the newly parliamentary candidates of the NDC for Ningo Prampram, Sam George and La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale, who is the incumbent MP for the constituency.

The party is accusing them of conducts that have brought the party into disrepute and must be punished.

But Mr. Lawson insists the regional executive do not have the power to take such action.

He said the party’s dispute resolution mechanism had been activated and efforts were being made address concerns raised by party members.

Once the mediation process had begun, Mr. Lawson said he didn’t see the need for the executive to bypass that process and suspend the two.

A statement issued by another Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho, however, creates doubt over George Lawson’s claims.

“The Functional Executive Committee (FEC), of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is by this Release, putting it out that, the issues relating to Nii Amasa Namoale and Sam George, as presented by the Greater Accra Regional Office of the Party, are under review per the rules of practice.”

The statement revealed that, “the National Executive Committee of the NDC, has upheld the decision of the Ashanti Regional Executive, to suspend Gloria Huzey, Parliamentary Candidate for Ejisu-Juabeng for her unacceptable comments in relation to the re-appointment of a District Chief Executive.”

“The matter has been referred to the National Disciplinary Committee for expeditious adjudication,” it concluded.

This raised questions as to how the Greater Accra Regional Executive could be said to not have the power to suspend when a similar decision taken by the Ashanti Regional Executive Committee when it moved to suspend the NDC parliamentary candidates for the Ejisu-Juabeng constituency.