……As /Gang Rape
It is unthinkable that, a party which professes to be made up of believers of rule of law, and also led by a lawyer and ex-Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Nana Akufo-Addo, would be seen gang raping the law by snubbing a notice of an interim injunction filed at the court against holding a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
What is more bizarre is that, the disputed Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay, who led a palace coup against his boss, Paul Afoko, is also a lawyer in “Good Standing” in the books of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and was expected to be seen upholding the sanctity of the law by not calling and chairing NEC meeting described as, “illegal”.
However, yesterday loyalists of Nana Akufo-Addo, constituting the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) held its first meeting, since the controversial suspension of National Chairman, Paul Afoko.
The Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, and his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, also attended the NEC meeting.
Amazingly, the notice of the NEC meeting was sent out by another officer of the court, Deputy General Secretary, Lawyer Nana Obiri Boahene, who have taken over the job of General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, who had decided to respect the notice of the Interim Injunction served on him and the party by Court Bailiffs.
Ahead of yesterday’s NEC meeting, Mr. Afoko, had issued a statement through his Spokesperson, Nana Yaw Osei, asking members of NEC, to ignore the meeting being organized by Mr. Blay.
Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul, who has Masters Degree in Law, but yet to do an LLB and the professional course, represented the Minority side of Parliament.
Nana Yaw Osei, who is also a lawyer, had written that “the attention of the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Paul A. Afoko, has been drawn to yet another illegal NEC meeting being called by the First Vice Chairman, Mr. Freddie Blay”.
“The meeting is slated for Tuesday, 3/11/2015 at the conference hall, party headquarters”, the statement said.
It said that “Mr. Afoko wishes to state that he has not called any meeting neither has the General Secretary, Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, issued any notice inviting members to attend any meeting”.
It warned that “Let all members of the National Executive Committee and/or National Council take notice that notice of an interim injunction has been served on the party restraining the party and Mr. Freddie Blay, from holding any meetings and also holding himself out as the acting national chairman, until the substantive motion is heard and disposed of”.
But at the party’s headquarters at Asylum Down yesterday, Mr. Blay, led party members to review the Outcome of the EC Public Forum on the Voter Register, Schedules of Meetings i.e Steering Committee, N.E.C and National Council.
Also discussed per Nana Obiri Boahene’s invitation was the by-Elections- Amenfi West, briefing on Outstanding Parliamentary Primaries and A.O.B.
Meanwhile, lawyer for Mr. Afoko ,is accusing party flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo of bias.
Martin Kpebu, was emphatic that, Nana Akufo-Addo, has taken sides in the ongoing internal leadership crisis which has wrecked the party for some weeks now.
Martin Kpebu told Joy News by attending the ‘illegal” meeting, Akufo-Addo, has compromised his position as the flagbearer. The presidential candidate is required to be neutral, he stated.
But Akufo-Addo’s action indicates that he is “recognising lawyer Blay as the acting chairman,” he complained.
He has also been accused of flouting the court processes, but it is not clear if he would be cited for contempt.
It is “unfortunate” if he does participate in the meeting, Martin Kpebu put it in a “mild” way.