Afoko To Be Restored - By NPP National Council?

With the imminent consequences stirring in their faces should embattled NPP Chairman, Paul Afoko proceed to court to seek redress for constitutional breaches as he has threatened, information reaching The aL-hAJJ reveals of plans to get the National Council of the New Patriotic Party to overturn Afoko’s suspension.

Reports are that some NPP Chieftains, including its 2016 flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, who apparently orchestrated the indefinite suspension of National Chairman, Paul Afoko by the National Executive Committee of the party, are now hiding behind some influential elders of the party to prevail on the suspended Chairman to abort his dream of challenging his purported suspension in court.

Following the supposed suspension of Paul Afoko and subsequent threats by his lawyers to challenge the process in court, this paper has gathered that some NPP elders, who were initially intransigent, calling the bluff of Mr Afoko, have been counseled by influential Members of Parliament of the party, moderate elders and some gurus to tread cautiously.

After some sober reflections and having now come to the realization of their folly of not following due process in suspending Paul Afoko, the hitherto unyielding advocates of the agenda to get rid of Afoko, are reported to have been making frantic appeals to the suspended Chairman to exhaust all internal mechanisms by petitioning the National Council, which he has since made.

Reports reaching The aL-hAJJ indicate that, as part of the effort for peaceful resolution of the impasse, it is being arranged for the National Council to review the decision by NEC to suspend Paul Afoko, and “in a way to portray that due process was being followed, the National Council will ask Paul to write an apology letter and an undertaking to be of good behavior and that he would henceforth cooperate with the rest of his executives and the flag bearer for victory 2016,” a party insider told this paper.

One of the lawyers of the embattled Chairman, Martin Kpebu, has already hinted they will seek the help of the party’s national council to reverse Paul’s indefinite suspension by NEC, adding that “Paul Afoko wants to exhaust internal party structures before fighting the NEC decision in court”.

Mr Kpebu said Monday on current affairs program PM Express aired on the Joy News channel (Multi TV) that apart from the legal team’s view that the NEC has no jurisdiction to suspend Afoko, the timing of the decision is bad.

“Our submissions to the committee all along are that the [NEC] proceedings are ill-timed; that they should terminate everything in the interest of their party unity and the [2016] elections,” Mr Kpebu said.

Giving a hint of possible plans to get the National Council to reverse NEC’s decision, Chairman of the NPP’s Council of Elders and principal character in the whole ‘drama’, C K Tedam has said if Paul Afoko agrees to reconcile with other key members of the party “the party can find a suitable position for him to play his role”