NPP Members Call for Kwabena Agyapong’s Reinstatement
Some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have made an appeal to the National Council for the reinstatement of Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong as the elected general secretary of the party.
According to them, the General Secretary has comported himself properly after his misdemeanour and merits a reinstatement.
“Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong’s conduct after his suspension has met the commendation of members of our party including those who petitioned the Disciplinary Committee for his suspension,” they said.
The convener of the group, Jihan Efua Nuhu, in addressing the press said a petition which was sent to the National Executive Committee and copied to the President is yet to get a response.
The group appealed to the National Council of the NPP “to kindly lift the suspension and restore the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, to his elected position. We are hopeful that in the spirit of fairness, our petition will meet a favourable response.”
She added that the NPP should be forthright and abide by the party’s constitution if there were any attempts to expel Mr. Agyapong.
“If there is an intention to remove him, as it seems to us now, then the processes stipulated in the appropriate article of the party’s constitution, Article 10, should have been respected… Only an emergency delegates congress can attempt to remove an elected officer,” Mrs. Nuhu said.
The group’s appeal comes on the back of an earlier one by some constituency and polling station executives in the Brong Ahafo region, who have petitioned the party’s hierarchy for the reinstatement of its suspended General Secretary.
Grounds for Kwabena Agyepong suspension
- A) Violation of Article 3(D) of the NPP constitution which enjoins members to publicly uphold the decisions of the party, through various acts including;
- His disregard for NEC decision on 23rd October, 2015, suspending Mr. Paul Afoko.
- Various Public statements he made that cast the Party in bad light.
- B) He engaged in unilateral actions and activities without consultation of, or authorization by the NEC, such as;
- Writing to the Electoral Commission designating only himself and suspended Chairman Afoko as the only authorized signatories.
- Granting waivers to parliamentary aspirants
iii. Non-reference of legal matters to the proper legal Committee of the Party
- Interference with Constituency primaries against National Appeal Committee decisions and also, Court decisions.
- Misrepresentation/misleading of NEC on status of some constituency primaries
- He, in conjunction with suspended Chairman Afoko and Sammy Crabbe, launched Party cards without authorizations from NEC.
Read below the full statement:
APPEAL TO THE NATIONAL COUNCIL TO REINSTATE KWABENA AGYEI AGYEPONG AS THE ELECTED GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY
We the undersigned members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Brong Ahafo Region wish to add our voices to the numerous appeals made to the National Council (NC) of the great elephant party NPP, to reconsider reinstating the elected General Secretary to his position.
As it is known to the rank and file of our dear party and the general public, the National Executive Committee of the party upon by the Disciplinary Committee’s recommendation, suspended Mr. Kwabena Agyei AGYEPONG on the 10th of December,2015.
We humbly state the following reasons for our call for the reinstatement:
Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong’s conduct after his suspension has met the commendation of members our party including those who petitioned the Disciplinary Committee for his suspension.
It is also a public knowledge that Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong supported several distressed constituencies across the country notably the Brong Ahafo, Upper West, Upper East, Northern Region and Ashanti Region in the lead up to the 2016 general elections. Even though he was suspended, his commitment to the party’s electoral victory was commendable. This puts no doubts on his commitment and loyalty to our party.
Regardless of his suspension, Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, avail himself for party activities and even attended the party’s conference at cape coast. In our opinion, Mr Agyepong embrace by party supporters and stalwarts at the conference, is a clear indication that we have healed our wounds after the party’s sweet victory last year which he played part. On this note
We the Brong Ahafo members of the new patriotic party mostly constituency and polling station executives therefore wish to appeal to the National Council to let the Tamale votes count by reinstating Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong to his position as the elected General Secretary of the party.
We hope our appeal would meet your favourable response.
Dr. Emmanuel Opoku Marfo
Source: The Publisher