Paul Afoko to testify in court

The suspended National Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Paul Afoko will on Monday, April 28, testify in the court case of Sammy Crabbe, the suspended Second Vice Chairman of his party.

This was after a plea by Mr. Crabbe to call Mr. Afoko as a witness in the case before an an Accra human rights high court, yesterday.

When the case was called,  counsel for Mr. Crabbe, Eric Ampah Korsah said a letter which effected the swearing-in of  Eugenia Kusi to the Disciplinary Committee of the party, was signed by the First Vice Chairman, Mr. Freddie Blay instead of Mr. Afoko.

According to Mr Crabbe, the constitution of the NPP states that the First Vice Chairman can only act in the absence of the National Chairman.

However, he noted that at the time Mr. Blay signed the letter; Mr.Afoko was within the jurisdiction and had not instructed the former to act on his behalf.

That, he said was an affront to the party’s constitution and usurpation of the acting chairman’s powers.

Mr. Korsah said Mr.Afoko would be the only one to tell the court his whereabouts leading to the action by Mr. Blay, adding that his client’s fundamental human rights had been violated.

However, Counsel for the NPP, Godfred Yeboah Dame said Mr. Crabbe denied himself a fair hearing when he refused to appear before the Disciplinary Committee.

He said the plaintiff chose to write a letter to the party stating the reasons why he would not appear before the Disciplinary Committee.

Consequently, the court, presided over by Justice Dennis Adjei, adjourned the case for Mr. Afoko to testify before the court.

Mr. Crabbe has prayed the court to quash the decision by the NPP to suspend him, challenging the composition of the Disciplinary Committee and their approach.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme 

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