Afoko’s suit an ‘unnecessary distraction’ – NPP lawyer

Lawyer for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Godfred Dame has said the Human Rights Court’s verdict on the former National Chairman of the NPP, Paul Afoko’s suit has vindicated the party.

Mr. Dame argues that the court’s ruling shows that the NPP did no wrong by suspending Paul Afoko.

A Human Rights Court in Accra on Monday dismissed a suit filed by Paul Afoko challenging his suspension.

Mr. Afoko was suspended by the party’s National Executive Committee for misconduct.

He subsequently filed a suit at the court , saying his suspension was illegal and a breach of the NPP constitution.

But delivering his judgment today[Monday], Justice Anthony Yeboah stated that Afoko’s lawyers failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove their case that the procedure used to suspend Mr Afoko was unlawful and unfair.

Speaking to Journalists after the judgment, Godfred Dame described the suit as an “unnecessary distraction.”

“I think this case was unnecessary distraction. It was clearly part of the efforts by some people to undermine the campaign..”

He further emphasized the need for the party to be united ahead of the December polls, saying “I don’t think anybody at all can fight it. As I indicated today that there ought to be reconciliation.”

Afoko considering appeal

Meanwhile Paul Afoko, has said he disagrees with the High Court’s decision to dismiss his suit against the NPP.

Mr. Afoko has however said he has accepted the Court’s decision.

A statement signed by the suspended NPP Chairman’s Spokesperson, Nana Yaw Osei, indicated that Mr. Afoko’s legal team was considering an appeal against the decision.

“…lawyers for Mr. Afoko will carefully study the judgment and launch an appeal against the decision at the appropriate time,” the statement said.

It further urged party members to remain calm following the ruling and refrain from “any unnecessary arguments but work to make the party supreme but not of personalities.”

By: Marian Ansah/
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