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Politics of Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Source: adomonline.com

Allow Crabbe to contest – Obiri Boahen tells NPP members

Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen, has asked the party’s hierarchy to allow suspended second vice chairman of the party, Sammy Crabbe, to contest the chairmanship slot of the party.

Mr. Sammy Crabbe, has joined the Chairmanship race of the governing party.

A poster for his campaign says he intends to “build a party for all.”

The poster markets him as having a “proven track record in championing the rights and welfare of all party executives and members”.

A year to the 2016 General Elections, the National Executive Committee of the NPP suspended Mr Crabbe indefinitely alongside then General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong and then Chairman Paul Afoko for, among other things, making utterances that were injurious to the chances of the then-opposition party’s presidential candidate at the time, Nana Akufo-Addo.

Their suspension has not yet been reversed.

That notwithstanding, Mr Crabbe has entered the race to give Acting Chairman, Freddy Blay some competition.

Meanwhile, National Chairmanship race has been predicted to be a straight battle between current Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay, and a former National First Vice Chairman of the Party, Stephen Ntim.

But Lawyer Obiri Boahen who had once asked Mr Crabbe to leave the party if he feels uncomfortable, wants cool heads to prevail.

He said though Mr Crabbe is on suspension, party members shouldn’t prevent him from exercising his rights as a member of the party.

Lawyer Obiri Boahen expressed doubts if Mr Crabbe will emerge victorious at the polls.

“Crabbe has been suspended and we are all aware of that. I’m happy he knows what’s right and wrong but I’m urging party members to allow him to contest. If he wins, fine and if he loses fine. Let’s just allow him”, he said on Accra-based Okay FM.