No need for Portuphy to resign—Lawyer

A private legal practitioner, Charles Bawa Duah has opined that there is no need for the Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Portuphy, to resign his position as National Coordinator of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), even though some civic society groups and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) demanded so.

“Clearly it is a moral matter, whether or not the NADMO Coordinator now being the party Chairman of the NDC can exercise his duties faithfully in accordance with the constitution and the act that created the institution then the law does not require him to resign”, he explained.

A labour lawyer told Joy FM the issue was a moral matter. He explained that unless Mr. Portuphy work at NADMO would be affected by his new position as NDC Chairman, there was no need for him to step down.

The call for Mr. Portuphy’s resignation was first made by the NPP’s Member of Parliament for Tema East, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, has been backed by a group calling itself Concerned Branch Executives of NDC.

The group stressed that the NADMO Coordinator must step down in the spirit of fairness and the principles of the democratic tenets on which the NDC was built.

The group further raised issues of neutrality and conflict of interest in Mr. Poturphy’s continuous stay in office although the law appeared not to have been violated.

But, Mr. Duah said “if he (Portuphy) thinks that he will be swayed or in some way his duties as National Coordinator of NADMO will be affected by his position as Chairman of the party, clearly he will have to resign”, Mr Duah said.

According to Mr Duah because NADMO is a quasi security institution it was unlikely that the NDC Chairman’s work would be affected.

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