The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has justified the suspension of its General Secretary and Second Vice-Chairman saying they flagrantly flouted the party’s constitution.
Kwabena Agyepong and Sammy Crabbe were suspended on Thursday by the party’s National Executive Committee following a recommendation made by the party’s disciplinary committee.
Mr Agyepong is being accused among other charges of acting against the orders of NEC and conspiring with suspended chairman, Paul Afoko, to act in contravention of party dictates.
Addressing journalists after the decision on the two was taken, Director of Communications for the NPP Nana Akomea justified the decision to suspend both men.
Below is the reasons given for the suspension.
Reasons for suspending Kwabena Agyepong:
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;
i. 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 Party
iv. 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.
Reasons for suspending Sammy Crabbe:
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.
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana