NPP Disciplinary Committee Quizzes ‘Tarzan’

wereko-brobbeyThe suspended founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby, yesterday appeared before the party’s National Disciplinary Committee (DC) to answer questions relating to his comments on the ongoing 2012 presidential election petition.

Sources close to the DC said Dr. Wereko-Brobby was charged with ‘breach of the duty to uphold publicity party policy’ in line with Article 4(7) (v) of the NPP’s constitution and ‘creating of discord or factionalism within the party’, in accordance with Article 4, (7) (vi).
Dr. Wereko-Brobby’s appearance before the committee yesterday came as a surprise.

He had all along maintained he would not be part of any deliberation of the DC because his suspension by the National Executive Committee breached due procedure.

However, Dr. Wereko-Brobby, popularly referred to as ‘Tarzan’, ate his humble pie and decided to honour the invitation.
He arrived at the NPP headquarters in Accra last afternoon, and was welcomed by the party’s General-Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie.

After a brief discussion, he entered the conference room where members of the committee were waiting for proceedings to begin.
The committee members, however, declined comments after the meeting.

On the eve of the meeting, Tarzan had apologised to the party’s 2012 running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for some disparaging remarks he made against him, which landed him in his recent trouble.

He had described Dr. Bawumia as a ‘clueless’ witness in the ongoing 2012 presidential election petition hearing.
According to Tarzan’s letter dated Thursday, June 13, 2013, he stated, ‘I am sorry that my attempt to indict the woefully inadequate briefing on the innards of the electoral process by those on your side who were counterparts to the National Democratic Congress’ General Secretary on the IPAC — may have resulted in the unintended unfair portrayal of you’.

“Unfortunately my comments were manipulated to portray a negative view of you and blemished your reputation and standing”.
“I wish to express my profound and fulsome apology to you for any damage that may have been caused by my recent comments on the election petition at the Supreme Court.  I regret any dent to your undoubtedly high intellectual accomplishment and demonstrated capacity for excellence that the comment may have construed or implied.”

He continued, “I know that has caused you pain and that, I wish to reiterate my total and unreserved apology to you and those close to you, who may also have been affected by my comments”.

He added that, “as you know, I hold you in high esteem.  I vividly recall that, after your selection as vice presidential candidate, you visited my home with your advisor, Stephen Ntim.  We had very constructive discussions on the strategies for the campaign and exchanged fruitful ideas on what action are needed for victory.  I hope that you will reflect on such events and accept that these were not the actions of a ‘Bawumia hater”.

Saying, “please be assured that I have not suddenly changed my mind about your competence and capabilities. I still have a high regard of you”.

NPP insiders indicated to the Ghanaian Times that, the carefully written apology letter, by Dr. Wereko-Brobby on the eve of the DC meeting was aimed at purging himself.

According to the party’s constitution, “the National Disciplinary Committee shall have jurisdiction in all matters affecting discipline at the National level with respect to National Executive Officers and key members of the party including Members of Parliament, Patrons, Founding Members, Standing Committees and National Council members, as well as other members who may be referred to the DC by the National Executive Committee”.

The Committee is one of the Standing Committees of the National Council and made up of nine-members, at least two of whom should be females.

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