NPP Elders Hold Crunch Meeting

Paul Afoko NPP Chairman (5)The National Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the second highest decision making body of the party, yesterday held crunch meeting over recent confusion that has bedeviled the party.

The over four-hour meeting at the party head office in Accra was not opened to the media, but inside sources said the meeting deliberated on the disturbances which occurred at the party’s headquarters on Tuesday.

The source said the meeting briefly touched on the National Special Congress slated for Sunday, August 31.

Members were tight-lipped about what transpired at the meeting.

When the Ghanaian Times spoke to Sheikh I.C. Quaye, former Greater Accra Regional Minister and a member of the council, he declined comments on the meeting, but said the issues would be resolved amicably.

The General Secretary, Mr. Kwabena Agyepong, however, said the meeting had tasked Hackman Owusu Agyemang, a former Member of Parliament and Edward Tetteh, acting administrator to issue a statement later.

Meanwhile, tens of party members who claimed they were from the grassroots in the Greater Accra Region thronged the headoffice to present a petition in which they registered their displeasure about recent happenings in the party.

Led by Obeng Fosu, the group insisted on presenting the petition to the Chairman of the Council of Elders, C.K Tedam, but they were prevented from doing so.

They then declined to present the petition to the acting Administrator, Mr. Edward Tetteh.

Present at the meeting included Messrs C.K Tedam, Prof. Mike Ocquaye, Mr. Prof Fred Sai, Felix Owusu Agyepong, Appiah Minka, Kwadwo Mpiani, Freddy Blay, Haruna Esseku, former chairman, Begyina Sekyi Huges, former Speaker of Parliament and a host of others.

Earlier, members of the various sub-committees were inaugurated by the chairman, Mr. Paul Afoko.

It has Prof. Mike Ocquaye as head of the Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Mr. Peter Mac Manu heads the Organisational Committee, Kwadwo Mpiani-Finance, Lawyer Mensah Bonsu-Research, Reverend Dr. Asante Antwi-Disciplinary.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour

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