Wereko-Brobby wants disciplinary process abandoned

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Dr Charles Wereko BrobbyEmbattled founder member of New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Charles Wereko- Brobby, wants the disciplinary committee of the party set up to investigate his conduct to abandon its proceedings.

He believes prejudicial comments by leading functionaries of the party would not help his case.

In a letter to the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the NPP, Dr Wereko-Brobby said that “My request is predicated on the unconscionable actions of two officers of the party, namely Mr.

Ayikwei Otoo and Mr. Perry Okudzeto, which actions completely undermined and prejudged the outcome of the unconcluded deliberations of the committee.”

The signed statement was also copied to Nana Akufo-Addo, NPP Presidential Candidate for 2012 Elections and  the Chairman of the NPP, Mr Jake Otanka Obetsebi.

Mr Ayikwei Otoo, a member of the Disciplinary Committee, appeared on a live current affairs programme on TV3 last Saturday morning and Dr Wereko-Brobby accused him of virtually sitting on that programme as “both judge and jury. . . delivering a very one-sided account of our encounter and literally saying that my guilt had been established...”

Mr Okudzeto, according to Dr Wereko-Brobby,  granted an interview to the media immediately after the fracas at the headquarters in which he suggested that “my apology to Dr Bawumia had exposed my insincerity.”

“I have no difficulty whatsoever with these gentlemen sounding off to the media. However, I am perplexed that they do not see the supreme irony and inconsistency of their actions in the context of the charges that have been concocted against me,” he stated.

The NPP stalwart, therefore, recommended that the NPP discontinued the “illegal” suspension slapped on him.

He further suggested that comments by a former National Youth Organiser of the party, Anthony Karbo, should merit disciplinary action because it brought the party’s name into disrepute.

Dr Wereko-Brobby has been engaged in a head-on collision with the NPP after criticising the party’s decision to go to court to challenge the results of the 2012 elections.

He  also described as “clueless”  the performance of the party’s 2012 running mate, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, as a witness in the election petition case, a comment which he has since apologised for.

Subsequently, on June 1, 2013, the NPP suspended Dr Wereko-Brobby .

A fortnight later, he apologised to Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for comments the party considered offensive but Dr Wereko-Brobby insisted he remained committed to the substance of his critique.

The suspended founder member is facing possible sanctions for his description of the NPP’s 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as a “clueless” witness in the ongoing election petition trial.

He is being taken through the disciplinary processes, despite having rendered a personal and unqualified apology to Dr. Bawumia.