Lt Col. (Rtd) Ababio Serebour
A former parliamentary aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the Afigya-Sekyere East constituency of the Ashanti Region, Lt. Col. (Rtd) Ababio Serebour, has been expelled from the party with immediate effect.
The expulsion of the ex-soldier follows his decision to run as an independent parliamentary candidate against the NPP’s candidate, Mavis Nkansah Boadu, in this year’s election.
He lost to the young lady during the party’s parliamentary primaries last year, securing 111 votes cast to place second in the hot contest that also saw the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Henry David Yeboah, losing.
The Afigya-Sekyere East constituency chairman of the party, Nana Safo Kantanka, who announced the decision of the party yesterday at Agona, said the membership of two other party officers had also been terminated.
He named them as Mavis Akon, a member of the constituency Finance Committee and Prince Amos Sarpong, an Electoral Area Coordinator for Boanim.
He explained that the duo had been leading Col. Serebour in his community-to-community campaign since the latter declared his intention to contest the upcoming parliamentary poll as independent candidate.
The chairman said the constituency executives reached the decision following a recommendation by the Constituency Disciplinary Committee that the three members should be thrown out of the party for breaching Article 3(h) (1) of the NPP constitution.
Isaac Adomako, a member of the NPP, filed a petition against Lt. Col. Serebour and the two others when the retired army officer’s campaign posters and billboards surfaced in the constituency, followed by campaigns in various communities.
Nana Safo Kantanka disclosed that Col. Serebour defied any advice by the party executives and also failed to appear before the Disciplinary Committee when he was invited hence, the committee arriving at the decision that received 100 percent endorsement by the executive committee members.
Philip Baiddo, constituency secretary of the party, stated that Mr Serebour did not honour invitation by the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to settle the issue.
He pointed out that the expelled members had a 21-day grace period to appeal against the decision, which would be considered on its merit.
From Ernest Kofi Adu, Agona-Ash