Politics of Friday, 20 June 2014

Source: Graphic.com.gh

I will return Afoko’s fire if … - Amoako-Tuffour

A founder member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Kwame Amoako-Tuffour has said there was no way the party’s national chairman Mr Paul Afoko could scold him.

He cannot shout at me. If he shouts at me, I will shout back at him, he told his host on Asempa FM during an interview.

Dr Amoako-Tuffour who had earlier disclosed on Wednesday that there was a ‘palace coup’ to oust him as a member of the NPP’s National Council (NC) was contributing to discussions on the constitutionality of the National Council.

Asked about what was contributing to the seeming differences between him and Mr Paul Afoko in the wake of reports that the two of them exchanged words at a meeting recently, Dr Amoako-Tuffuor said he was only advising him (Afoko) on his powers.

He explained that he did not want him (Afoko) as chairman and therefore did not vote for him. He neither campaigned for him, but after Afoko won the chairmanship, he said he does not have anything against him. He was only advising him on his powers.

Contributing to discussions on the composition of the National Council of NPP, now a matter in court, Dr Amoako-Tuffuor said some members of the Ashanti regional branch of the party have petitioned the national leadership to ensure he was no longer a member of the Council.

“My only crime is saying the truth about who is best fit to lead the party in the 2016 general election,” he said.

He said as far as he was concerned, the National Executive Committee as well as National Council were all properly constituted and that the court case would come to nothing since it has no merit.

“We had in mind the letter and spirit of the constitution and that there must be a certain mode of election in the regions to select or elect members to the national council so in that case, the plaintiff is right.”

"But in the past 20 years the process of selecting people to the national council has come around to be accepted that regional chairmen and their executive go through a procedure which has become more meaningful to select people and not through campaign for election.

“It is not a contest but agreement and that has been going on like that and has defeated the original position of the constitution. That doesn’t make it necessarily constitutional but it is understood and accepted.”

He said this is what has been done over the years and the previous national council had representation to elect the new national executives.

If it was not properly constituted then it means the party would have to go back and elect all of them again since their election was illegal, he said.