NUGS president fights suspension

nugs-president-514x330Embattled president of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), Michael Paa Kwesi Adu is insisting that he is still president of the union.

Michael Paa Kwesi Adu was suspended following a suit challenging his qualification.

The National Executive Committee of NUGS on Thursday asked Adu to step aside until the court decides his fate.

Paa Kwesi Adu won the election to become president after being cleared but some students doubt his status as a student of the university, hence their resolve to challenge him in court.Press and Information Secretary for NUGS, Thomas Takyi Bonsu told Citi News that the final verdict of the court will determine whether he would be reinstated or not.

He explained that per the NUGS constitution, their president should be a full time student.

Mr. Bonsu disclosed that the current president contested the presidency in 2014 and 2015 but was disqualified.

“…This year he contested and was disqualified based on the same reason and the judicial committee of the union reversed the decision of the vetting committee. That made him qualify to contest. So some students are saying that they are still not okay with that and they are taking the same issue to the court.”

He added that “this time around, not only him but we sued the union as well for allowing someone who is not a student to contest the election and win.”

“The constitution of NUGS says if there is any legal case against the union, the president is supposed to represent the union in court and now it is the same president who is the second defendant of the same court case. So the NEC is saying that there is a conflict of interest and if the court gives an order that he is still supposed to be the president then he comes back and take his position but if the court does not decide that then we do another election to see the way forward,” he added.


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