Afoko suspension: Respect NEC’s decision on Afoko – Nana Addo

Opposition presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo looks on from the stage during his final campaign rally ahead of Friday's presidential election, in Accra, Ghana, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. After five coups and decades of stagnation, the West African nation of 25 million is now a pacesetter for the continent's efforts to become democratic. Ghanaians will go to the polls on Friday to choose between four candidates, including President John Dramani Mahama, a former vice president who assumed the top post in July after the death of president John Atta Mills, and former foreign minister Akufo-Addo who lost the presidency by less than 1 percent in 2008. (AP Photo/Christian Thompson)

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo, has called on party members to respect the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) on the indefinite suspension of the National Chairman of the Party, Paul Afoko.

In a statement released on Monday, Nana Addo said, “the appropriate organs of the Party have acted. I am, therefore, calling on all loyal members of the Party to respect the decision of NEC and the Constitution of the Party, which provides channels for redressing grievances.”

“The NPP requires a united and committed front for the task ahead. We need to stay focused and organise ourselves to prosecute a successful campaign in 2016 to relieve the Ghanaian people from their sufferings and hardships. Ghanaians are looking up to us,” he added.

Afoko was suspended last Friday after the NEC upheld a decision by the party’s Disciplinary Committee.

The Committee took the decision after Afoko failed to appear before the committee to answer allegations of misconduct levelled against him.

Read full statement below…

Last Friday in Accra, the National Executive Committee of the New Patriotic Party unanimously adopted the recommendation of the National Disciplinary Committee for the indefinite suspension of the National Chairman of the Party.

According to a release by the Party, “by the decision of the NEC, Mr. Paul Afoko is suspended indefinitely from the position of National Chairman of the NPP.”

I profoundly regret that matters have come to this. Such a development has been rather rare in the history of our party. I had hoped that internal discussions and a spirit of cooperation would have enabled the Party to avoid such an eventuality.

However, the appropriate organs of the Party have acted. I am, therefore, calling on all loyal members of the Party to respect the decision of NEC and the Constitution of the Party, which provides channels for redressing grievances. We need to conduct ourselves in a disciplined manner that will protect and promote the integrity and unity of the Party.

The NPP requires a united and committed front for the task ahead. We need to stay focused and organise ourselves to prosecute a successful campaign in 2016 to relieve the Ghanaian people from their sufferings and hardships. Ghanaians are looking up to us.

God bless the NPP

God bless Mother Ghana.

……Signed……

Nana Akufo-Addo

NPP Presidential Candidate

Source: citifmonline

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