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My petition was to attack the disciplinary committee – Afoko

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Paul Afoko
Paul Afoko

Mr Paul Afoko, the suspended New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman, has told an Accra Human Rights Court that his petition to the National Council (NC) was an attack to the original decision of the disciplinary committee.

He said it was an attack to them for exercising their jurisdiction which was not properly invoked, and also all subsequent actions and decisions hold from that.

Mr Afoko said this while answering questions from the defence counsel in a suit he filed at an Accra Human Rights Court challenging his suspension by the party.

Counsel for the defendants, Mr Godwin Odame asked whether he could identify which member of the NC was not qualified to participate in the decision to dismiss his appeal, Mr Afoko said no.

Mr Afoko said: “I cannot identify, which members are not qualified as voting members of council because I do not have the list of attendance in that meeting’.

The defence counsel ended cross examination, and the Counsel for Mr Afoko told the court that he has two more witnesses to present.

The presiding Judge Justice Anthony Yeboah gave both parties one week to file their legal submissions, while the two witnesses would be brought to give their evidence.

He adjourned the case to June 13.

At the last sitting, the defence counsel continued cross examination of Mr Afoko, who said appointment of all standing committees of the NC is done by the Council.

Mr Afoko is challenging his indefinite suspension from the party, arguing it was illegal. The NPP’s National Executive Committee suspended him in October 2015 for “misconduct.”

According to him, the action and processes leading to his suspension by some elements of the party were unconstitutional and a breach of natural justice.

The decision was adopted by the party’s NC, which is the second highest decision making body of the party after congress but he maintains the party erred in the decision.

Source: GNA

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