The New Patriotic Party(NPP) Chairman, Paul Afoko has been suspended indefinitely by the party.
The party’s 1st Vice Chairman, Freddie Blay has taken over as Acting Chairman of the NPP, the party has directed.
Suspension of the beleaguered Chairman was admitted today after a unanimous decision taken by the National Executive Committee meeting at the party’s headquarters.
Afoko’s suspension from the party follows a petition by Council of Elders to the Disciplinary committee of the party asking him to step aside for secretly plotting against the interest of the party.
The petition called for Afoko to be suspended until after the 2016 elections.
Earlier violence broke out at the headquarters of the party, following clashes between rival vigilante groups within the party, the Bolga bulldogs and the main party security known as invincible forces.
The Bolga Bulldogs, seen as loyalists of Afoko, attempted to take over the party following reports that the Chairman would be suspended but they were eventually scattered by the party’s security.
Below is the statement from the party
NEC SUSPENDS MR. PAUL AFOKO AS NATIONAL CHAIRMAN
On the 21st October, 2015, the National Disciplinary Committee of the New Patriotic Party submitted a report to the Executive Committee of the NPP; recommending the indefinite suspension of Mr. Paul Afoko as National Chairman.
At its meeting today, Friday 23 October, 2015, the National Executive Committee unanimously endorsed the recommendation of the National Disciplinary Committee.
By the decision of the NEC, Mr. Paul Afoko is suspended indefinitely from the position of National Chairman of NPP.
Mr. Freddie Blay, the 1st Vice Chair, per the NPP’s Constitution, becomes acting National Chairman of the NPP.