Confusion hits UFP

akwasiThere is a seemingly confusion on the United Front Party (UFP) following the appointment and acclamation of some regional executives of the party recently by a section of the leadership.

Yesterday another group within the leader on Monday issued a disclaimer claiming the appointment should be ignored and that it had not been officially sanctioned.

The disclaimer copied to Ghana News Agency (GNA) and signed by Stephen Forson, acting Chairman and Leader of the UFP described the purported appointed as unconstitutional and claimed it was engineered by the 2012 flagbearer of the party, Akwasi Addae, also known as ‘Odike’.

The statement said: “We are reliably informed that the said unlawful events were conducted by the suspended Deputy General Secretary, Razak Kojo Opoku, and the National Youth Organiser, Kennedy Saku and the General Secretary, Samuel Bekoe Owusu.

“I hereby plainly state that these four gentlemen have no authority whatsoever to conduct any elections per our constitution, let alone to mention popular acclamation.

“We hereby implore the rank and file of our party and the public at large to stay calm as everything is on cause and treat the said event with the greatest contempt it deserves,” it said.

“We also caution that, because their actions were in contravention of our constitution, anyone or group of persons who has or shall have association with their action out of naivety does or shall do so at their own risk,” the statement noted .

It added that: “We warmly wish to inform the rank and file of the party to still trust in the current legitimate regional and national executives of the party given that they are still at post until the national executive committee meets, to schedule a proper programme to elect new regional executives and subsequently have a national congress to elect national executives.”

In a related development, lawyers for and on behalf of the National Executive Committee of the party has reacted to the move by the former flagbearer and the four party executives.

A letter written by Abada, Dzeble and Co under: “Matters Arising in the United Front Party,” to the Electoral Commission (EC) and copied to the GNA said: “It is our instruction that the said individuals have presented a list of a so-called newly elected regional party executives and a resolution seeking to change the party’s constitution by presenting another so-called list of national elected executives to the Commission.”

The lawyers told the EC that as the body mandated to not only organise national elections but also to supervise intra-party elections, “your approval of any election is paramount”.

“Our client therefore deems it expedient to draw your attention to this development so as not to allow your hard won reputation to be dragged into the mud by allowing these individuals to mislead you into supporting a cause that is unconstitutional and illegal.

We are by this letter therefore imploring you to ignore any such correspondences or communication since same is in violation of not only the party’s constitution but also the 1992 constitution as well.”

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