Politics of Wednesday, 14 August 2019
The National Steering Committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has ordered the Central Regional First Vice-Chairman of the party, Horace Ekow Ewusi, to avail himself to the Central Region Disciplinary Committee of the party for questioning since he is not above the Constitution of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition.
The decision for such directive was taken when the National Steering Committee met in Accra on Monday, August 12, 2019, to consider the conflict between Ekow Ewusi and the Central Regional Executive Committee of the party as a result of a petition filed against him by one Edward Okraku Adum.
The Committee also looked into a petition filed by thirteen (13) constituency chairman from Central Region calling on the National Steering Committee to re-instate Ekow Ewusi who has been slapped with an indefinite suspension by the Central Regional Executive Committee of the party.
The National Steering Committee, according to inside sources, had prior to their meeting, engaged the Central Regional Executive Committee and it’s Disciplinary Committee to hear Ekow Ewusi pending the indefinite suspension slapped on him.
This was revealed by the General Secretary of the party, John Boadu, when he interacted with Accra-based Oman FM Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
The General Scribe was reacting to some media reports that sought to suggest that Ekow Ewusi had been re-instated following the National Steering Committee’s decision to declare the indefinite suspension slapped on him by the Regional Executive Committee null and void.
“We’ve never turned any decision of the Regional Executive Committee. All that we are asking for is that because of the seemingly non-appearance before the regional disciplinary committee, we would want Ekow Ewusi to go and appear before the Committee. Before us was the processes leading to his indefinite suspension. We recognized the work that was done by the regional executive committee and that of the disciplinary committee.”
“If you look at the complaints brought forth against regional First Vice-Chairman, they are very serious ones and therefore it was proper to give him the chance to appear before the regional Disciplinary Committee for hearing. Per the recommendations made by the regional disciplinary committee in their report, they said they tried getting in touch with Ekow Ewusi but they couldn’t get him to appear before them.”
“In view of this and considering the nature of the complaint brought before them, there is the need for him to be heard. That is why we would want the Disciplinary Committee to take the matter up again”, he noted.
He added “So, we are writing to Ekow Ewusi to inform him that the regional processes is on, he should appear before them to answer whatever complaints or allegations that have been levelled against him. He is still appearing before the Regional Disciplinary Committee pending his suspension by the Regional Executive Committee. So we are urging him to appear before them to answer the allegations that have been levelled against them in other to erase any doubt that he was denied a fair hearing”.
He said the decision taken by the National Steering Committee will be communicated to the Regional Executive Committee of the party for them to also write to Ekow Ewusi for him to appear before the Regional Disciplinary Committee.
“If he [Ekow Ewusi] decides not to go, it means that he will have no one to blame. We don’t want to give any impression of unfair treatment to any member of our party”.