October 27, 2015

It has now emerged that the New Patriotic Party’s (NEC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that slapped an indefinite suspension on the party’s National Chairman, Paul Afoko last Friday on grounds of misconduct was without their Parliamentary Caucus.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Upper Denkyira West, Benjamin Ayeh, who confirmed this to Yaa Serwaa Akoto on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.3 FM Monday, said the decision was very strategic because the Caucus wanted to stay neutral in the feud that rocked the party.

“Prior to the meeting, the Parliamentary Caucus met at our leader’s office and we all agreed not to be part of the said meeting. We came to that conclusion after a thorough deliberation over the subject matter. Key amongst them is the legalities surrounding the First National Vice-Chairman who chaired the meeting.We also agreed that we should stay in the middle so that when the need arises for us to settle the matter amicably, we can be in pole position to talk to the feuding factions for peace to prevail,” he said.

Mr. Ayeh further told Serwaa Akoto that if the Parliamentary Caucus does not conduct themselves well, they may be accused of taking sides in the matter, a situation he said will make it very difficult for them to find a common ground to the impasse that has rocked the party.

Inside sources said the meeting was also without the 2016 Presidential Candidate of the party, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, former President Kufuor among others.

To Mr. Ayeh, the indefinite suspension of Mr. Afoko was unfortunate, preferring instead an amicable solution to the dispute that has divided the rank and file of the party.