The leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said all forms of insubordination from flagbearer aspirants will attract huge consequences.
In a statement issued and signed by General Secretary Justin Frimpong Kodua, it warns all flagbearer aspirants to desist from all forms of campaigns until the party officially opens nominations.
“Equally, until the Party duly opens nominations for presidential and parliamentary primaries, all prospective presidential and parliamentary aspirants are to desist from all forms of campaign activities including mounting of billboards and holding meetings with Party executives as that would be in breach of the Code of Conduct.
“Failure to comply with this directive, may lead to huge consequences and sanctions against such offending officer, member or prospective aspirant in line with the grievance procedures stipulated in the Code of Conduct,” parts of the NPP release notes.
In addition, all National, Regional, and Constituency Executives of the Party are cautioned not to be seen openly endorsing any of the flagbearer hopefuls of the party.
“In line with Articles 2(3) and 2(4) of the Party’s Constitution, the Code of Conduct seeks to foster the spirit of healthy intra-party contests by guaranteeing equal opportunity for all stakeholders. For emphasis, the Code of Conduct provides in Section 1 (f) that: Members, supporters, sympathizers of the Party at all levels shall desist from using their public office or portfolio within or outside the party to promote the interest of any prospective presidential or parliamentary candidate in order to gain unfair political advantage.’
“In obedience to the Party’s Constitution and the Code of Conduct, herein, all National, Regional, and Constituency Executives of the Party are once again cautioned to refrain from either endorsing or openly campaigning for any presidential or parliamentary aspirant,” the statement said.
The caution comes after the attention of the leadership of the NPP was drawn to a video where Ashanti Regional Chairman Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako is captured endorsing one of the party’s presidential hopefuls.