Suspension of Afoko and co saved our party – Akufo-Addo

By Kweku Antwi Jnr
 Akufo-Addo

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the suspensions of three senior officers from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), saved and propelled the party to victory in the 2016 elections.

The President said the decision to suspend the trio was a difficult one, but the action helped the party in diverse ways.

Paul Afoko, who was the party’s National Chairman, was suspended in 2015, for making public comments about the party’s finances, a practice against laid down rules.

The Disciplinary Committee took the decision to suspend him, after the National Council of Elders wrote to the former, demanding amongst others that, Mr. Afoko, be made to step aside until after the 2016 elections.

He was followed by the then General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong and the 2nd Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe, who were also suspended over similar comments.

The three national executives were elected at the 25th National Annual Delegates Conference held at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium held in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, on April 12, 2014.

Speaking at the ongoing 26th National Annual Delegates Conference being held at the Koforidua technical University in the Eastern Region, President Akufo-Addo said, “the last time we met, we elected our national officers, but few years after that, three of them were suspended”.

He said “the suspension of three senior officers helped the party to victory”.

“That decision saved our party and kept us alive for the victory of the party in the 2016 elections”, President Akufo-Addo added.

He therefore charged the delegates to elect leaders who will not betray the party but would work for the party to retain victory in 2020 elections.

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