Politics of Monday, 23 June 2014
Northern Regional Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Daniel Bugri Naabu, has hit hard at the National Chairman of the party, Paul Afoko, accusing him of masterminding the suit filed against the party forcing the National Council (NC) to call off a crucial meeting geared towards the selection of a Presidential candidate.
A senior member of the party, Mr. David Hoezame, on June 17, 2014, filed the suit challenging the status of the party’s National Council as presently constituted. Joined to the suit is the party’s National Chairman, Mr. Paul Afoko.
The plaintiff has since filed a motion for an interim injunction praying the court to restrain the defendants from taking any further action on behalf of the party until the final determination of the suit.
Hearing of the motion on notice for the interim injunction will be heard on July 3, 2014.
The motion for the interim injunction is specifically praying the Accra High Court to restrain the NPP from going ahead to conduct elections for the selection of a presidential candidate until the final determination of the suit.
Reacting to the issue on Okay Fm’s Saturday Edition of “Adeakye Abea” Morning Show, Bugri Naabu posited that the cancellation of the meeting was a deliberate ploy orchestrated by the National Chairman because he considers the present Council Members as not properly constituted.
“It is a deliberate attempt to disorganize NPP, the party we have toiled and suffered for. But we are not going to accept that…..the court case is orchestrated by Paul Afoko to delay the Council mandate to fix date for the congress. It won’t auger well because Ghanaians won’t forgive us if we don’t work hard to regain power from the NDC. Ghanaians will curse NPP and we will suffer for it but we are not ready for that…..the man who has taken the party to court is not known to me…all I know is that he supported Paul Afoko during his campaign to be the party’s National Chair,” he alleged.
The Northern Regional NPP Chair further alleged that Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong have an agenda to be leaders and have mapped out a strategy to make the NPP stay in opposition till the 2020 elections.
“ We are hearing speculations that the National Chairman and the General Secretary have an agenda called “Agenda 2020," meaning they don’t want NPP to come to power until 2020 elections and the reason behind the agenda is best known to them……they found ways and means to come to power and kill the party…..You see that Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong are pursuing Alan Kyerematen’s agenda in the party; we want to meet the Chairman on June 25, 2014, and if he fails to meet us, we will advise ourselves….all delegates are awake. I am ashamed of Paul Afoko as a Northerner that we thought had come to change the perception that NPP is an Akan party.
He has turned himself into a “trotro” bus driven by some people in the party to any direction of their choice….Paul Afoko is against Northerners because Bawumia being young, and a Running Mate of Nana Addo is what he wants to prevent since he is afraid he (Bawumia) will succeed Nana after his term in office…….we heard Kufuor and Kwadwo Mpiani are behind all this, controlling Paul Afoko. He simply wants to collapse the party and so Northerners should rise up and not allow him to mud sling us,” he stated.