The suspended National Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Paul Afoko has broken his long silence on recent happenings within the party, announcing at a news conference Wednesday, that he is going challenge his suspension in court.
Mr. Afoko told journalists at the College of Surgeons and Physicians in Accra that his suspension and subsequent approval by the National Council of the party is unconstitutional.
“After exhausting all the internal processes I am left with no option than to head to the court to seek interpretation of my party’s constitution. I am not only doing this for myself but for everyone else including the flagbearer of our party, because today it is the national chairman, the next time it may be a flagbearer. It is wrong for some seventy people to sit in a room somewhere in Accra and decide to remove an elected official”.
Mr. Afoko was suspended by the National Executive Committee of the party last month after some members petitioned the party over his conduct.Barely a week ago, the party’s National Council, which is the second highest decision making body of the party after congress, also voted unanimously to affirm the suspension.
The decision was taken after a marathon meeting on Thursday November 12, to study a forty-page appeal document forwarded to the party by Mr. Afoko.
Out of 77 people who voted at that meeting, 70 voted for the suspension to be upheld, six abstained from voting, while one voted for him to be reinstated.
But Mr. Afoko says he is convinced the processes used in suspending him were wrong.
Meanwhile some three members of the party, who filed a suit against Afoko’s suspension, have their hearing pending.
Already, another member of the party, Oppong Kyekyeku, who also went to court to challenge Mr. Afoko’s suspension, had his case thrown out as the Court directed him to exhaust internal party structures.