Youth group opposes removal of Afoko, Agyepong

There seems to be no end in sight for the opposition New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) crisis, as a youth group affiliated to the party in the Upper West Region has threatened to initiate impeachment procedures against its regional executives, if they attempt to remove the national chairman, Paul Afoko, and the general secretary, Kwabena Agyepong.

The group calling itself, the “Concerned Youth of the NPP,” said it would resist any attempt to impeach the two national officers, describing the move by the regional caucus as “ill conceived, bogus, pointless and unconstitutional for any serious political party to contemplate.”

Addressing a news conference here yesterday, the Convener of the group, Ahmed Nana Sadat said they were disappointed in the 16 member regional executives for passing a vote of no confidence in the two top elected executives without recourse to the party’s constitution.

He said not only was the attempt to impeach the two a retrogressive move, but also an alleged orchestrated attempt by the party’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to hijack the party as his personal property.

“We want to state unequivocally that we are so much disappointed in the sixteen members for passing a vote of no confidence, thereby endorsing that retrogressive impeachment move orchestrated some top notches of the party, after the sad demise the Upper East Regional Chairman Alhaji Adams Mahama.”

Mr. Sadat who is also the party’s Communication Director for the Wa Central constituency, said most of the constituencies in the region have vehemently opposed the move adding that, “these constituencies, polling stations and electoral area co-ordinators represent the party’s grassroots and would therefore not do anything to jeopardise the party’s chances in the 2016 general elections.”

He said the party was bigger than any individual and it should be seen as such, if peace and unity would be attained.

“Our dear party in the Upper West Region is clamouring for more seats, we therefore advice our regional executives to liaise with the eleven constituencies to reclaim our lost seats and even add more, instead of wasting their time” and energies on this unproductive venture before we commence a possible impeachment process against them,” he said.

He said there was the need for the party to take a cue from the numerous advice proffered by some political analysts from academia and act appropriately.

Mr. Sadat said: “If Ghanaians must see Nana Akufo-Addo as a peace maker, then he has to be seen making peace within the party he leads. The NPP needs him to do that now.”

From Cliff Ekuful, Wa

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