By Gifty Arthur
Central Regional Constituency Executives of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), are on the heels of their Regional Chairman, Robert Kutin, questioning the bases of an indefinite suspension handed the party’s Regional Vice Chairman, Horace Ekow Ewusi.
All 23 Constituency executives of the region, yesterday organized a massive demonstration against the under fire Regional Chairman, asking the national executives of the party to immediately call Mr Kutin to order.
The Herald’s information is that, the Regional Chairman, Robert Kutin, is currently in England. He had left Ghana, after suspending his deputy.
It is, however, not clear if he travelled there to personally investigate his deputy, who according to a petitioner, have some criminal records in that country.
Mr Ewusi, supposedly incurred the wrath of his Regional Chairman on Monday, following his refusal to respond to a petition against him by one Edward Okraku Adum, who accused him variously, including narcotic drug related issues.
Horace Ekow Ewusi, was also accused of escaping from prison in the United Kingdom (UK), as well as illegally auctioning seized excavators from mining sites here in Ghana.
But the demonstrating Constituency executives, have called the bluff of their regional chairman and the said Okraku Adum, whom they described as a “faceless petitioner”,
The protestors descried the petition sent to the National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah as “frivolous and vexatious” against the suspended Vice Chairman.
The Constituency executives during the demonstration, held placards some of which read “Kutin, you don’t have control over Central Region NPP”, “Stop blocking people’s appointments Kutin”, “Kutin equals to Idi Amin”.
They accused their chairman of not following due process, adding he had no mandate whatsoever to even remove an elected member of the party.
They claimed, they did not know the said petitioner.
The suspended Regional Vice Chairman, is said to have asked the Chairman to produce the said petitioner to authenticate his claim, before he responds to the petition which he agreed to do within a week.
He, however, did not fulfill his side of the agreement, but went ahead and suspended Mr Ewusi indefinitely before referring him to the Regional Disciplinary Committee of the party to further probe the matter, leaving the party’s regional executives displeased.
At a press conference held after the demonstration, the angry NPP executives, called on their national leaders to ensure the reinstatement of the Vice-Chairman.
They questioned, why the Regional Chairman, took the decision to suspend Mr Ewusi, when he had no right to do so.
“Why does he take action on something he is not been entrusted to do? We ask whether it is a case of personal interest on the part of the regional chairman. If not, then we are more challenged to question the authority and power under which the Regional Chairman exercised to suspend his Vice-Chairman.
“Article 11 clauses 4 and 5 of our party Constitution, clearly spells out the procedures for removing an elected member. It is important to state that nowhere in the Constitution is a regional chairman empowered to suspend a colleague regional executive member without recourse to disciplinary procedures of the party,” the Executives said in a statement.
They vowed to leave no stone unturned in their quest to seek true justice for Mr Ewusi.
The Executives, charged the Vice-Chairman not to be discouraged, but continue to play his crucial role in the party to secure victory for the NPP in the 2020 elections.
Meanwhile, National Youth Organizer of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye, has acknowledged receipt of the petition by the Constituency executives and assured the party would look at the concerns of members and find amicable solution to the impasse.
Nana B, who admitted all was not well in the party in the region called for calm when he spoke to JOY FM’s Emefa Apaw yesterday.
Regional Chairman, Robert Kutin, is yet to respond to the charges levelled against him.