President Nana Akufo-Addo has strongly opposed attempt to amend the New Patriotic Party’s constitution to exclude members with dual citizenship from holding positions within the party.
According to him, the party will do itself a great disservice if delegates at the ongoing extraordinary national conference in Kumasi should proceed to adopt the motion.
Addressing delegates on Sunday, President Akufo Addo warned the party to withdraw the idea because it will spell doom for the party going forward into the crucial 2020 elections.
“I am against it,” Akufo-Addo emphasized to a loud applause. “It’s a disaster.”
The parliamentary caucus of the party has been pushing for members with dual citizenship to be barred from holding party positions. NPP members in the diaspora have been up in arms against the move threatening to stop funding the party.
Some members have described the motion as “inconceivable” and an “albatross”. However, Caucus said its decision is in line with the country’s 1992 constitution whose Citizenship Act bars dual citizens from holding political office.
“We know the president is in support of an Amendment Bill proposed by Dr Kwaku Asare and his team. We have submitted same to the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Majority Leader, Attorney General and the minority in parliament.
“This Bill does not cost this country anything and we see no reason why it should be held for this long without passage,” a statement from the US branch of the NPP said.
President Akufo-Addo also implored the delegates to vote against another motion seeking to make it mandatory for MPs to appoint party executives at the constituency level. “We don’t need that amendment,” he said.
Several controversial motions including those pointed out by the president were withdrawn before voting.