NPP’s National Council Challenged

AfokoA senior member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has sued the party challenging the status of the party’s current National Council.

David Hoezame, who filed the writ on June 17, 2014, is praying the Accra High Court to compel the NPP to follow the procedure outlined in its constitution and re-compose its National Council. Also joined to the suit is the National Chairman of the party, Paul Afoko.

Among others, Mr Hoezame is seeking “a declaration that announcement of the sixth day of December, 2014 as date for the election of the first defendant’s presidential candidate as null and void; an order directed at the defendants to restore the constitution of first defendant party to its original state and to duly and properly set up the National Council in accordance with the provisions of the first defendant’s constitution, an order restraining the second defendant from further breach of the first defendant’s constitution; and costs”.

Mr. Hoezame, who in his statement of claim described himself as a fully paid-up card bearing member of the NPP since 1992, insists the Paul Afoko-led executive has breached the NPP constitution by purporting to call for and take part in the deliberations of the National Council without reconstituting it after they were elected into office in April 2014.

He also states that he has acted as a constituency chairman of the NPP and is aspiring to be elected to serve on the National Council of the NPP, but has been waiting in vain for the notice of poll to enable him put himself up for election to be elected a regional representative.

The plaintiff said he was informed that a meeting had been held by a body purporting to be the party’s National Council, and insists this was in breach of the NPP’s constitution, which breach, if allowed to stand, will jeopardise his desire to contest for and be elected as a National Council member.

“It is the case of the Plaintiff that on/or around the ninth day of June, 2014, the second defendant (NPP Chairman) and other officers of the first defendant (NPP)  announced on 6th December, 2014, as the date for the election of a presidential candidate for the first defendant.

“Plaintiff further avers that the second defendant in concert with other officers of the first defendant has called for a National Council meeting on the 19th of June, 2014 to among others take a decision on the organisation of an election to choose the first defendant’s presidential candidate for the 2016 general elections.

However, “plaintiff avers that as at date hereof the first defendant has no National Council since there has not been any process in accordance with Article 7(15)(iv) to elect regional representatives to serve on the said National Council of the first defendant  party…” the statement of claim noted.

Meanwhile, the First Vice Chairman of the NPP, Freddy Blay, has expressed surprise about the suit.

Speaking on Adom FM yesterday, Mr. Blay said the party would use its internal structures to address the concerns of Mr. Hoezame.

Also commenting, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, head of the party’s Constitutional and Legal Committee, indicated he had not received a copy of the writ.

He however said the party would respond appropriately upon receipt of the summons.

The NPP and its chairman, Mr. Afoko, has eight days to enter appearance. —Myjoyonline

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