A press conference by some national executive members of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in Accra yesterday was nearly marred by confusion following the intrusion of the Greater Accra Chairman of the party, Balla Mekankam.
The meeting was to brief the media on the indefinite suspension of the General Secretary of the PNC, Janet Nabla by the National Executive Committee (NEC).
However, midway into the event, Mr Mekankam stormed the place to protest what he said was unfair treatment of the general secretary.
Present were the 2020 flag bearer of the PNC, David Apasera, National Chairman, Moses Dani-Baah, Communications Secretary, Awudu Ishaq, National Youth Organiser, Agyeman Dua and other national executives.
It took the timely intervention of the police present to restore order before the conference could proceed.
Addressing the media after calm had been restored, the Communications Secretary of the PNC, Awudu Ishaq reaffirmed the decision to indefinitely suspend Ms Nabla from her position.
He said the suspension of beleaguered general secretary still stood as decided by NEC and that she had one week ultimatum to vacate her office and formally hand over to the National Treasurer.
“Within the one week period, she has the leeway to access her office, beyond that period she will not be allowed any further access to the office,” Mr Ishaq intimated.
According to him, “decision to suspend the general secretary is in accordance with Article 45 of the party’s constitution, which, among other issues, empowers NEC to take disciplinary action against any erring member of the party.
“NEC had to consider the report of the disciplinary committee which bordered on a petition against the general secretary on grounds of gross misconduct, insubordination and incompetence,” Mr Ishaq stressed.
Giving a background to the decision, he explained that the petition was jointly signed by 11 out of 15 national executives of the party and indicated that “it became necessary to take action because the general secretary has sworn on several occasions not to work with other party executive members”.
This according to him, in spite of several attempts by leadership to prevail upon her to see the need to foster harmonious and working relationships in the interest of the party and pointed out that “the suspension is based on 12 different instances in which the general secretary exhibited insubordination”.
BY CLIFF EKUFUL