First National Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party Freddie Blay, yesterday called an emergency steering committee meeting at the party’s headquarters in Accra, without recourse to the party’s Chairman, Paul Afoko, and General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong.
A statement signed by John Boadu, NPP National Organiser, and copied The Ghanaian Times, said the meeting which was in consonance with the party’s constitution, discussed the NPP’s forthcoming parliamentary primaries.
It was attended by nine members, out of the 13 member body, including Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, NPP flagbearer for the 2016 elections, Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, Minority Leader and Mr. C.K Tedam, Chairperson of the Council of Elders.
The statement said the meeting asked the national officers of the NPP to be responsible for the overall conduct of the vetting of aspirants for the impending parliamentary primaries in the various regions.
The committee reminded all aspirants that per the party’s constitution, “it shall be the obligation of the member seeking nomination as the party’s parliamentary candidate to satisfy the constituency executive committee, the regional executive committee and the national executive committee that the conditions stipulated in Article 11 (4) have been fulfilled, and any application which does not comply with these conditions shall be rejected”.
The meeting according to the statement urged the vetting committees to ensure that the qualification, eligibility and competence of aspirants, are duly observed and satisfied.