Ayisi Boateng: Suspensions Won’t Affect NPP

A member of the Council of Elders for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Ayisi Boateng, has said the suspension of General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong and the second Vice-Chairman, Sammy Crabbe, will not create any disaffection for the party.

He told ghnewsnew Reporter that,  the party members identified the problems confronting the party, and if the problems are being handled the way they should be handled, then in his view, it will not cause any disaffection.

He admitted that not everyone in the party would be happy with the suspension of the duo, but said the duty of every member of the NPP under Article 3 of their constitution is to uphold the decision of the party.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NPP on Thursday December 10, 2015, upheld a recommendation by the Disciplinary Committee to suspend the two politicians, indefinitely.

Disciplinary proceedings were started against them following a petition filed by some party members.

Both Mr Agyepong and Mr Crabbe had said in various media interviews that they still saw suspended chairman Paul Afoko as the legitimate chairman of the party, despite a decision by NEC to suspend the first-ever elected northern chairman indefinitely for allegedly working against the interest of the NPP and its flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo.

While Mr Agyepong is said to have shown some level of remorse and cooperated with the leadership of the party as far as the disciplinary hearings were concerned, Mr Crabbe did not accord the party leadership that respect.

It had been recommended by the Disciplinary Committee that Mr Agyepong be suspended for 15 months but the NEC decided to hand him an indefinite suspension, just as Mr Crabbe and Mr Afoko. The decision was a unanimous one.

Mr Afoko, Mr Agyepong, and Mr Crabbe are all seen in the party as belonging to the Kufuor/Alan faction. Their leadership of the party has been fraught with suspicion since they took office in April last year.

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