Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II intervened in the suspension rumpus that hit the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) late last year, as far as the ousting of national chairman Paul Afoko was concerned, but to no avail, Mr Afoko has revealed.
According to him, despite the intervention of the revered Asante monarch, by talking to flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo on the matter, little came out of it.
“I don’t think I’m divulging much if I say there was an attempt [to get Otumfuo to intervene]. Yes. It was not just me making the attempt… unfortunately it didn’t work out.
“Yes, he [Otumfuo] did but it didn’t work out. And I didn’t go to Otumfuo to say: ‘Please go and plead my case, I didn’t have to plead to anybody for anything because I see the position of NPP chairman not as an end in itself, it’s a fighting position, it’s a fight you take on in order to deliver and carry your party forward,” he told Bola Ray on Starr Chat on Wednesday February 24.
Meanwhile, former Chief of Staff Kwadwo Mpiani has said on the same programme that Mr Afoko is still the chairman of the party, adding that the leadership of the party erred in suspending him indefinitely.
“I believe the party was wrong…” Mr Mpiani told Bola Ray, adding that the suspension of Mr Afoko sets a “very dangerous precedent”, since similar actions could be taken against future chairmen and other party executives, who may be voted for by the party.
The party’s leadership suspended Mr Afoko and two others: General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong and Second Vice Chair Sammy Crabbe, for allegedly working against the fortunes of the flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo.
He is fighting his suspension in court. Mr Mpiani said he was fighting for the soul and values of the NPP by his comments, adding that though the party had said Mr Afoko was suspended, he remained the chairman of the party.