Dr Kwame Amoako Tuffuor, Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Disciplinary Committee of the National Patriotic Party (NPP), has cautioned that members of the party who go contrary against its rules will be disciplined.
He explained that any member of the party or parliamentary aspirant who goes contrarily to the rules and regulations will be suspended.
“We will not entertain a situation where a parliamentary candidate is campaigning for herself and the flagbearer, then an executive wants to sabotage the situation; we have to discipline you and stop you. We are not mad to be on a suspension spree but we would do what is right,” he stressed.
Dr. Tuffuor made the comments yesterday in an interview when he explained why four constituency executives of the party in Bosome Freho were suspended.
Atakora Amaniapong, chairman; Mary Mensah, women’s organiser; Frank Agyekum, Deputy Youth Organiser; and Anthony Nyame, communications officer, were suspended as regional executives following a meeting of the regional disciplinary committee were last Sunday.
They have been accused of undermining the campaign of Joyce Adwoa Ako-Dei, the parliamentary aspirant in that constituency.
Some critics have raised eyebrows concerning the decision, saying it projected the party as one intolerant of dissent, an issue the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has employed as a campaign tool ahead of the December 7 elections.
However, Dr. Tuffuor said the decision was in order as the party “has many people who can campaign for the presidential aspirant”, stating that “if the constituency executives were unwilling to support the cause, others should be given the opportunity to ensure victory for the party”.
He maintained that the suspensions were only a disciplinary measure and did not amount to dismissal from the party for which reason the affected executives were welcomed to serve the party in other capa
“You can only run this country with disciplined minds and if someone is not disciplined, you suspend them. NDC has suspended over 30 people but no one talks about it,” he lamented.
He explained that the suspended executives had been cautioned on several occasions and the matter which led to their suspension was the fifth disciplinary issue raised about their conduct.