Politics of Thursday, 24 January 2013

Source: citi fm

Kofi Adams has no rights in the NDC – Asiedu Nketiah

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has dismissed assertions that he is working to prevent the former Deputy General Secretary of the party, Kofi Adams from contesting the NDC’s primaries for the Buem constituency by-elections.

According to Mr. Asiedu Nketia the party is not ruled on the whims individuals. “We ran the party on the basis of a set of laws and the laws are blind to individuals and it doesn’t matter one’s position. We all are subject to the same NDC constitution, so it the NDC constitution that dictates that Mr. Kofi Adams cannot contest Buem by-elections as at this time.”

“Kofi Adams has been a subject of disciplinary proceedings and the proceedings have not been concluded. His membership is suspended and what it means is that all his rights in the party have been temporarily extinguished. Unless and until we conclude the disciplinary proceedings his right to participate in elections under the sponsorship of the party is extinguished.”

The National Executive Committee of the NDC suspended Mr. Adams last year following a leaked tape with a voice purported to be his promising to do everything possible to prevent the late Professor Mills from securing a second term in office. Mr. Adams denied the allegations and sued the party.

Mr. Asiedu Nketiah said the party made that decision the case is still under investigation.

“He chose to sue the party at a high court and this brought all proceedings to a standstill. So if time is running because of your conduct then that cannot be blamed on the national executives.”

“As soon as the disciplinary committee is able to generate a report from the National Executive committee, we will proceed to act with the report of the committee and act accordingly” he added.