Mr Paul Afoko has disclosed his intentions to drag the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to court over his indefinite suspension from the party. At a press conference organised in Accra on Wednesday November 18, Mr Afoko revealed that he is going to court to seek an interpretation of the party’s constitution vis-à-vis the processes used to suspend him, and also to save the party from being ‘bastardised’ any further.
Mr Afoko believes he was voted into office by a majority decision and sees no reason why few elements in the party can connive to take him out of office.
“I shall uphold my oath and defend the constitution of the NPP at all times,” Mr Afoko told journalists in Accra. “In this crisis, having exhausted all other means available in the party, I am faced with no other option than to seek interpretation of our constitution in the court of law before these series of illegalities affect our fortunes in the 2016 elections,” he said.
The National Executive Council (NEC) and the National Council of the party unanimously, and by majority decision, respectively, upheld a recommendation by the disciplinary committee to suspend Mr Afoko indefinitely.
He has been accused of actions and ommissions which the party deem injurious to its interest as well as the interest of the flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.
His suspension has led to divisions in the party with his supporters calling for his reinstatement. A factional brawl borne out of his suspension led to the multiple stabbing and killing of one party member at Asawase in the Ashanti Region.