No petition received on Agyepong’s reinstatement – Blay

Mr. Blay

Mr. Blay

The hierarchy of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), is yet to receive any official petition demanding the reinstatement of its suspended General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong.

This is regardless of a number of groups making appeals in the media for the party’s hierarchy to forgive him.

The NPP suspended its Second Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe, alongside Mr. Agyepong in 2015, after they were accused of publicly rebelling against the party’s decision to indefinitely suspend its National Chairman, Paul Afoko.

Mr. Afoko and Mr. Crabbe, subsequently filed a suit over their suspension, but both suits were thrown out by the court.

The acting National Chairman of the NPP, Freddy Blay, said the NPP had no intention of reversing, what he called, justified suspensions.

“Nothing has come before us, the National Executive Council (NEC) took the decision, the National Council endorsed it and nothing has been done about it.

“They were suspended indefinitely for some good reasons and nobody has thought it proper that this matter should be raised again,” he added.

Mr. Blay further defended the party’s suspension as being the right move as it had no effect on the NPP’s election fortunes.

“There were people who were agitating that since they [Kwabena Agyapong, Sammy Crabbe and Paul Afoko] had been suspended, we were going to totally lose the election, particularly NDC or sympathetic media that support the NDC.

They have been put to shame. We won,” he said.

According to the hierarchy of the party, reasons for Mr Agyepong’s suspension were a violation of Article 3(D) of the party’s constitution which enjoins members to publicly uphold the decisions of the party, through various acts including his disregard for NEC decision on 23rd October, 2015, suspending Mr. Paul Afoko.

They said various public statements he made that cast the party in bad light, his engagement in unilateral actions and activities without consultation or authorisation by the NEC, such as writing to the Electoral Commission designating only himself and suspended Chairman Afoko as the only authorised signatories, granting waivers to parliamentary aspirants.

The hierarchy noted Mr Agyepong’s non-reference of legal matters to the proper Legal Committee of the party, interference with constituency primaries against National Appeal Committee decisions and also court decisions.

They indicated that his misrepresentation/misleading of NEC on status of some constituency primaries, his conjunction with suspended Chairman Afoko and Sammy Crabbe to launch party cards without authorisation from NEC –

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