Akufo-Addo’s Boy Demands, As Kweku Baako Drops Supreme Court Strategy On EC Boss Replacement
One of Nana Akufo-Addo’s lieutenants, Musah Superior, has launched a scathing attack on a founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, labelling him as an “internal saboteur” and calling for his outright dismissal from the largest opposition Party.
“I am calling on all true loving members of our illustrious Party to join me to demand for his dismissal from the Party. Dr Tamakloe is an “internal saboteur”, the failed National Organizer aspirant, fumed in a statement he sent to The Herald over the weekend, against Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe’s call for a respect for the 1992 Constitution.
The one-time NPP parliamentary candidate for the Tamale Central Constituency in the Northern Region, Mr. Superior, is outraged over Dr. Nyaho-Tamaloe’s recent comments on national discourse, which according to him always contradict the position of his party.
To him, the respected surgeon is now a renegade general putting his interest ahead of the NPP because “His family ties with the brother of the President (Ibrahim Mahama) has weakened his sense of judgement and loyalty to the NPP, the Party that has added value to his person; first as GFA Chairman and then as an Ambassador”.
Mr. Superior’s outburst is in reaction to the ex-Ghana Football Association (GFA) President’s recent opinion on the on-going NPP-engineered debate on who becomes the next chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) after its current boss, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, retires in 71 days from today.
According to Mr Superior, “The NPP through the General Secretary, National Chairman and recently the Presidential Candidate, have appealed to the Council of State to be more open and consult widely before recommending someone to the President to be appointed as a replacement to Dr. Afari Gyan”.
Mr. Superior, could not understand why the Military medical doctor turned politician, objected to the position of the NPP that there should be consultations with the political parties to find a replacement for the EC boss, who leaves office in June.
Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe, had suggested that the NPP’s call was a violation of the Constitution, which insists that in appointing the EC chairman, the president, shall make the appointment upon the advice from the Council of State and not political parties.
Strangely, Mr. Superior, sees the soviet-trained medical doctor’s position as unbecoming of a man, who addresses himself as a founding member of a political party to speak differently from his party’s position.
“It is therefore absurd and most despicable for Dr Nyaho Tamakloe, who claims to be a “leading” member of the Party to so publicly rubbish the call by the leadership of the NPP that the Council of State, should widen its net by seeking the input of Political Parties and Civil Society groups in the search for a new EC Chairman”, Nana Addo’s boy charged.
He went on “I am totally scandalised by Dr Tamakloe’s effusions. He has clearly demonstrated his lack of interest and commitment to the Party. It is a shame that he still holds himself as an NPP member, whilst brutally undermining the Party at every least opportunity. Dr Tamakloe, has been consistent in his negative public commentaries about the NPP and this should not be allowed to continue”.
Mr Superior, assumed that Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe’s family ties with the brother of the president, Ibrahim Mahama, has blindfolded the onetime loyal member of the opposition group, thereby making him defend his family, instead of the party that raised him to the level he is today.
He has, therefore, tasked the national executives committee to immediately institute a committee to look into an interview the former Ambassador to Serbia-Montenegro granted TV3 Network in which he described calls by the NPP for the Council of State to broadly consult it and other stakeholders as unfortunate.
“The National Executive Committee must investigate the comments attributed to Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe with regards to the calls by the leadership of the NPP on the Council of State to broaden and open up the consultation process in appointing the new Chairman of the EC”
Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe, is quoted as saying in the interview, “This nation is governed by a constitution and this is not the first time that we have had an EC Chairman and I believe strongly that we should go strictly by what the Constitution says.
“This whole issue about broad consultation is unconstitutional and we should not even think about it at all. I don’t believe at all in that. The constitution says that the President will act on the advice of the Council of State. We have a Council of State in place and they are made up of very prominent people and if I can say we have all ten regional representation there.
So what is the problem? This is unnecessary problem that we want to saddle this country with once again and I don’t think that should be allowed”.
Mr. Superior said, Dr Tamakloe’s comment “is an affront to the constitution of our Party. He has failed to abide by and publicly uphold the decision of the Party per Article 3 D; iv of the NPP constitution. This calls for punitive disciplinary action against him.
The constitution of our Party, requires that all members of the Party uphold the decisions of the Party Publicly.
By his vehement public condemnation of the position of the Party on the need for broader consultation before the EC Chairman is appointed, he has violated the provisions of the Party’s constitution.
Dr. Tamakloe must, therefore, be hauled to the Disciplinary Committee of the National Executive Committee and if found guilty of sabotage, he should be expelled formally from the Party”.
Meanwhile, Managing editor of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Kweku Baako Jnr. has predicted a Supreme Court interpretation of the constitution may be needed to settle controversy over the procedure for appointing the next EC boss.
“I suspect that if we are unable to use consultation and consensus building to deal with this issue, we might as well proceed to the highest court of the land and take an interpretative judgment on the matter”, Kweku Baako said on Joy FM’s news analysis show, Newsfile last Saturday.
His comment follows the controversy generated after opposition parties, called for the President to initiate dialogue and broad discussions before he makes the historic appointment. The appointment, which is a rarely chartered political territory, has informed views expressed by political parties calling for wide and thorough consultations before the appointment.
But a lawyer Kwame Akuffo, has earlier this week, dismissed that call by the opposition for dialogue and consultations as “unconstitutional”.
Article 70, clause 2 of the 1992 Constitution, gives the President the prerogative to appoint the EC Chairman and Deputies, as well as other members of the Commission on the advice of the Council of State.
Kwame Akuffo, said the constitution speaks only of the president acting on the advice of the Council of State as precondition for the appointment of the EC Chair.
A dialogue with party chairmen is alien to the appointment process, he signalled. His view, has found some support in the commentary of government communicators and sympathisers.
But Kweku Baako, believes it is in the “enlightened self-interest” of the country for the President to be open to consultations on the appointment. He believes the proper interpretation on the word ‘advice’ will be key in understanding the procedure.
“I am convinced that the use of the word ‘advice’, relative to the role the Council of State plays, gives that whole provision a certain distinctive character and for that matter dilutes the presidential authority in the appointment process”
He explained that in view of the controversial circumstances surrounding the last elections in December 2012, calls for consultations before appointing an Electoral Commissioner, should not be dismissed.
“The broader consultation is not an animal that should scare us”, he said maintaining that the spirit of the constitution supports calls for dialogue. He acknowledged that not much attention has been paid to constitutional provisions that tie decisions of the President to the ‘advice’ of other persons and bodies.
“We have been lazy about it. We haven’t taken it seriously. Now it is coming to the fore”, Baako said.