The Suspended General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyapong, would not be available to testify on behalf of the suspended NPP National Chairman, Paul Afoko, in the case in which the latter is challenging his suspension.
This was revealed at an Accra Human Rights Court yesterday, when the former counsel for Paul Afoko, Mathew Kpebu’s cross-examination ended.
Counsel for Mr. Afoko, Safo Buabeng, told the court that the second witness, Agyapong, who had earlier filed his witness statement, would not be available to testify.
Subsequently, Buabeng requested that the court discard his earlier witness statement from its records.
The court, presided over by Justice Anthony Yeboah, expunged Mr. Agyepong’s witness statement from the Court’s records because he would not be available to testify.
The court adjourned the case to June 24.
This means Afoko has closed his case and NPP would be expected to open its case.
Mr. Afoko tendered in his witness statement on May 10, following which he was subjected to cross-examination by the Godfred Dame.
His former Lawyer, Mr. Kpebu followed in that regard, with the cross-examination endeding yesterday.
Paul Afoko in 2015 filed the suit challenging his suspension as National Chairman of the NPP.
According to him, the action and processes leading to his suspension by some elements of the party were unconstitutional and a breach of natural justice.
The NPP’s National Executive Committee suspended Paul Afoko in October 2015 for “misconduct.” The decision was adopted by the party’s National Council, which is the second highest decision making body of the party after congress.
Mr. Afoko rejected the reasons for his suspension and subsequently sued the party for taking such an action.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme