Afoko files suit on NPP Congress

AfokoThe suspended National  Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Paul Afoko, has filed an interlocutory injunction against the party at an Accra Human Rights High Court to stop it from discussing any issue relating to his chairmanship position.

The writ is to restrain the party from discussing matters relating to his chairmanship, during its extra-ordinary congress to be held in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region tomorrow or any other fora, pending the final determination of the substantive suit before the court.

Mr. Afoko claimed in his writ that whatsapp messages were being sent around inviting all delegates to the conference to finally endorse his removal from office as the chairman of the party, notwithstanding the pending suit.

He said in the invent that he is removed from office and eventually wins the case, he would not be compensated for damages, especially when his mandate was for a tenure of four years

Besides, he would suffer an irreparable injury should the court refuse to grant his application.

According to the affidavit in support of the motion, Mr. Afoko said he was duly elected as the National Chairman of the party in 2014, at the National Delegates Conference held in Tamale.

It stated that since his election, he had been carrying out his duties in line with the 1992 Constitution, the Political Parties Act and the constitution of the NPP.

The affidavit added that the Council of Elders of the party, acting through its chairman, Mr. C.K Tedam, wrote a petition to the chairman of the party’s Disciplinary Committee on September 7, complaining against his (Afoko) conduct as the chairman.

As a result, the Council of Elders concluded that he should be suspended indefinitely, until after the 2016 general elections.

The affidavit further stated that subsequently, two members of the council also wrote two separate petitions on the same lines addressed to the party’s National Council, for his removal from office as the National chairman.

According to the writ, he was a National Executive Committee member and responsible for sanctioning every meeting unless he was out of the country or otherwise unable to act.

It added that the constitution of the party stipulated that anyone dissatisfied with his actions, could file a written complaint to the National Council, which was mandated to consider the complaint and if possible, refer same to the Disciplinary Committee for enquiries.

However, Mr. Afoko stated in his affidavit that the National Council never met on the said issue, and on their own motion, the National Disciplinary Committee in gross display of bias and breach of the rules of natural justice, proceeded to hear the petition and recommended to the National Executive Committee that he should be suspended indefinitely, which they did.

The case was expected to be heard yesterday, however, it never materialised, even though lawyers for Paul Afoko were in court.

Information gathered by The Ghanaian Times indicated that the lawyers want to transfer the case to a different court.

 By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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