The New Patriotic Party (NPP), has suspended its General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, and Second Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe indefinitely, completing a string of high-profile suspension of persons who have either openly disagreed with Nana Akufo-Addo, or are perceived to favour another party member as flagbearer.
Whilst, Mr. Crabbe’s suspension is hinged on his refusal to appear before the Disciplinary Committee, Mr. Agyepong, appears to be receiving the strokes of his spokesperson, Davies Opoku-Ansah alias OPK, and also for supporting his suspended National Chairman, Paul Afoko, instead of allowing Freddie Blay, to enjoy the limelight as acting national chairman.
Yesterday’s suspension of the two individuals, who have sacrificed for the NPP since 1992, is cast in iron, suggesting a culture of silence in the biggest opposition political party, which used to brag about its avowed commitment to the rule of law, as opposed to the rule of men.
The suspension, also paints a picture of a few bigwigs overturning the decision of the grassroots of the NPP, who elected Paul Afoko, Kwabena Agyapong and Sammy Crabbe at Tamale Conference in defiance of Nana Addo’s choice.
So far, ex-President, John Agyekum Kufuor, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, Kwadwo Mpiani, Kwame Piani, Richard Anane, John Alan Kyeremanten, Paul Afoko, and Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby, have either been suspended or beaten into a state of subjugation.
The Disciplinary Committee, had asked that, Mr. Agyepong be given a 15-month suspension, while Mr. Crabbe was to be suspended indefinitely. But when the National Executive Committee (NEC) met yesterday in a crunch meeting at the party’s Asylum Down Headquarters in Accra, they decided to suspend both of them indefinitely.
Mr. Crabbe, who is perceived as an ally to the suspended National Chairman, Paul Afoko, refused to appear before the committee after several invitations.
He challenged the authority of the committee to invite him. But his failure to appear before the committee, did not stop the committee from meeting and taking a decision.
In reality, signs of Kwabena Agyepong and Sammy Crabbe’s suspension, were written on the wall, after their key ally on the National Executive Committee, Paul Afoko, was suspended indefinitely.
Paul Afoko’s exit, left Kwabena Agyepong, and Mr Crabbe isolated and vulnerable.
Paul Afoko, Sammy Crabbe and Kwabena Agyepong, have acted in concert, ever since they were elected into office at the Congress held in Tamale.
The protracted internal wrangling in the NPP, leading to the suspensions, has not surprised many.
It is a fact that, Nana Addo and his men were against Kwabena Agyapong, Paul Afoko and Sammy Crabbe, ahead of the NPP Tamale Congress.
They wanted Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey as National Chairman, but later changed to Fred Owari, but Mr. Afoko, won the slot. He has since sued the NPP and its acting national chairman, Freddie Blay, over the suspension.
Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, the then NPP General Secretary, was also preferred by Nana Addo and his men, but Kwabena Agyapong won.
The Herald, reported the recall of Mr. Agyapong from the Western Region, where he was prosecuting the NPP agenda to win a by-election in the Amenfi West Constituency on December 15, following the death of the National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament (MP), John Gyetuah.
The idea, has been to suspend Mr. Agyapong, ahead of the December 19 NPP Conference in Sunyani.
The National Organiser, John Buadu, is now the acting General Secretary, and he combines that with his substance role.
Meanwhile, the NPP women yesterday morning, stormed the headquarters of the party, ahead of the meeting with brooms to sweep away Mr. Agyapong and Mr. Crabbe.
As if possessed, the women were busily seen, sweeping behind him, when he drove away after the decision in his SUV car.