Court Dismisses Case Challenging Paul Afoko’s Suspension

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Paul Afoko, National Chairman, NPP
Paul Afoko, National Chairman, NPP

Embattled New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman, Paul Afoko’s resolve to tighten his grip on power suffered another setback today after a court in Accra dismissed a case challenging the processes leading to his suspension.

The case filed by one Oppong Kyekyeku, a supporter of the opposition party, questioned the NPP Disciplinary Committee’s (DC) jurisdiction to hear a petition calling for Mr Afoko’s suspension.

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The National Executive Committee of the NPP on October 23, 2015 endorsed the Disciplinary Committee’s recommendation to hand Mr Afoko an indefinite suspension, over some actions the party said were detrimental to its forward march.

Mr Oppong Kyekyeku took the case to court contending that the DC violated the party’s constitution in its hearing of the matter, since it is the duty of the National Council to direct the hearing of such petitions calling for sanctions against the National Chairman.

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However, the court presided over by Justice Arkaah-Boafo in its ruling said Mr Oppong Kyekyeku did not prove his interest in the case and failed to show he was an agent of the embattled NPP Chairman, Paul Afoko.

Justice Arkaah-Boafo went ahead to order the applicant to first exhaust the party’s internal mechanisms laid down in its constitution to address such disputes before going public.