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Sat, Dec

Akomfrah, Yeboah not reinstated — CPP chairman

Prof Edmund Delle

The Central Committee (CC) of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has said the two interdicted officers of the party, Richmond Nii Armah Akomfrah and Ernest Kofi Yerba, General Secretary and National Youth Organiser respectively, have not been reinstated.

In line with this, the CC had referred the two interdicted officers back to the Disciplinary Committee (DC) following the rejection of its earlier report on the two officers.

The Central Committee, which is the highest decision-making body of the party, has therefore urged the Disciplinary Committee to take a second look at the matter after it provided it with further  particulars and new terms of reference.

The  National Chairman of the party, Prof. Edmund Delle, in a  press statement,  assured  the rank and file that “the leadership of  the CPP means well  and have good intentions for the growth of the party.”

In all of this, Prof. Delle said it was important for party discipline and orderliness to be upheld within the party at all times.

He, therefore, expressed the hope that membership of the party would give the leadership their total support  to position the party strongly for this year’s election.  

Wrongdoing

The report by the Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Mr Kwaw Ansah of TV Africa, recommended the reinstatement of the two interdicted officers but it was rejected by the Central Committee.

Mr Akomfrah and Mr Ernesto Yeboah, acting on the recommendation of the DC, last Monday went  to the party office ostensibly to resume work following the report by the party’s Disciplinary Committee which cleared them of any wrongdoing over issues related to their suspension.

They were, however, prevented from entering the CPP headquarters by some party activists since the report of the Disciplinary Committee had been rejected by the highest body of the party, the Central Committee.

Enquiries

But referrering  to the provision of Article114 clause B of the constitution of the CPP, the National Chairman said “an officer who is referred to a Disciplinary Committee may be interdicted pending the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings.

He said section C  of Article 114 also stated that ‘’ any such officer may be requested to surrender all party properties,  including document  and files  in his /her possession pending the final determination of the matter.

‘’A member of the party who is referred  to the Disciplinary Committee may be prohibited  from participating in the activities of the party until the final determination of the matter or for such a time that the Central Committee deem it appropriate.’’ Prof. Delle quoted the party’s constitution.

Meanwhile, Prof. Delle has said that enquiries about the party should now  be directed to the National Chairman or the Director of Communication of the party.

He assured party faithfuls  and the general public that the Central Committee meant well and had good intentions  for the party. 

The party chair, therefore, called for calm as the leadership worked in the collective interest of the party.

Background

The interdicted General Secretary, Nii Armah Akomfrah and Youth Organiser, Ernesto Yeboah, were suspended after they made public statements that contradicted those of the party’s flag bearer, Ivor Greenstreet, on President John Mahama’s Ford gift saga.

The two, who were subsequently referred to the Disciplinary Committee, had also been accused of engaging in several misdemeanors and behaviours contrary to the party’s position and constitution. 

However, the Disciplinary Committee  recommended their reinstatement which the Central Committee rejected saying the committee had no mandate to make recommendations since it was a fact-finding committee. 

The two officers were physically prevented from entering the headquarters of the party last Monday morning by supporters of the party.

The scuffle came about after party leaders loyal to the chairman rejected a Disciplinary Committee report exonerating the suspended executive.

Pull Quote

Prof. Delle has announced that the Central Committee has referred the two officers,  namely Richmond Nii Armah Akomfrah and Ernest Kofi Yeboah, back to the Disciplinary Committee.