Suspended Second Vice Chairman of the incumbent NPP, Sammy Crabbe, has joined the Chairmanship race of the governing party.
Sammy Crabbe confirmed his decision to some journalists after a poster for his campaign surfaced on the internet.
Sammy Crabbe’s vision as announced on his campaign poster is to “build a party for all,”
The poster portrays him as having a “proven track record in championing the rights and welfare of all party executives and members”.
In December 2015 National Executive Committee affirmed the decision of the party’s Disciplinary Committee to suspend its Second National Vice-Chairman, Sammy Crabbe and the General Secretary Kwabena Agyei Agyepong. The decision to suspend the two was taken after members of the NEC held a crucial meeting on the matter at the party’s headquarters in Accra.
Long before the NEC meeting came to a close, some supporters of the party converged outside the party’s headquarters popping champagne in a jubilant mood, apparently in anticipation of the announcement.
Sammy Crabbe who dismissed his suspension as illegal headed for Court to get him reinstated but an Accra High Court dismissed his suit in 2016.
According to the judge, Justice Sir Dennis Adjei, the National Disciplinary Committee of the NPP has jurisdiction to hear and punish anyone who had been found to have breached some rules of the party.
Sammy. Crabbe has however stated despite respecting the court’s decision, he still held the view that his suspension is ridiculously illegal.
“I really do not believe that it should be allowed [their suspension],” he declared, saying, “First all, it is a very difficult thing to get elected as a national officer…going into the constituencies you meet people you look them in the eye, sometimes you ride rough, you go into people’s bedrooms, sleep rough, they look into your eyes, make promises to them and then you get elected. The delegates are not stupid. They look at you and elect and then you sit there. So, I just do not want to accept that people who have never been elected can just sit down and decide they would just negate the will of the people on the ground.”
However, the National Chairmanship race of the ruling NPP has been predicted to be a straight battle between current Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay, and a former National First Vice Chairman of the Party, Stephen Ntim.