Snippets of information reaching Peacefmonline.com indicates that, the General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong and Second National Vice Chairman Sammy Crabbe, have been suspended indefinitely by the National Executive Committee of the NPP.
Media reports earlier indicated that the Disciplinary Committee of the NPP recommended a 15 months suspension for embattled General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong, and an indefinite suspension for its second vice chairman, Sammy Crabbe.
Peace FM News’ Naana Ntiri who is at the party’s headquarters reports that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the opposition New Patriotic Party has upheld the decision by the party’s Disciplinary Committee; and went further to commit both to an indefinite suspension.
NEC met today to take the decision on whether to affirm the decision of the Disciplinary Committee at the party’s headquarters in Asylum Down Accra.
The suspensions follow a petition brought forth by some NPP members who accused the General Secretary and the second Vice Chairman of undermining the party’s authority after the suspension of National Chairman, Paul Afoko.
Their utterances are believed to have emboldened the petitioners, Chris Arthur, Former TESCON-KNUST President; Adreba Kwaku Abrefa Damoa, London; Kwabena Afum Dankwa, London; and Kwame Baffoe, NPP Regional Youth Organiser, Brong Ahafo to demand sanctions against the two.
Earlier today, Director of Communications of the NPP, Nana Akomea, denied reports that the DC has made recommendations for Kwabena Agyapong’s suspension in an interview with Peace FM’s Kwami Sefa Kayi.
The petitioners stated in their petition filed November 4, 2015 that;
“Kwabena Agyepong has rubbished, and keeps rubbishing the suspension of Afoko from his chairmanship. This in our view is an act of mischievous contempt for the authority of the Party as a whole, including its elders, its leadership, and its structures.”
However, even before today’s NEC meeting, some groups like the Ashanti Youth Association, Young Executives Forum of NPP, Ashanti Market Women Association and other pro-NPP groups warned the party to back off the decision to suspend Kwabena Agyapong or risk disintegrating the party ahead of the 2016 elections.
Kwabena Agyepong and Sammy Crabbe will now join Paul Afoko as national officers who have been suspended by the party in less than three months.
Some political observers had warned that sidelining such figures will deepen the party’s internal strife, but others disagree.
It remains to be seen how these suspensions will affect the electoral fortunes of the NPP; if indeed it can.