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26.04.2007 General News

Ex-minister throws first blow

By myjoyonline

An ex-Information Minister, Nana Akomea has taken swipe at his party –New Patriotic Party (NPP) – describing the ongoing internal wrangling within it as the worst ever since the beginning of the 4th Republic.

Speaking to the Enquirer, Nana Akomea, who is also the MP for Okaikoi South, said the party is tearing apart as a result of the divide-and-rule tactics of the regional chairman.

Recently, he joined the NPP MP caucus in Greater Accra to petition the party hierarchy about the crisis in the party.

He said from the Chairmanship of Peter Ala Adjetey, Adjiri Blankson, I.C Quaye and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, the party had not experienced such divisive tendencies as they are encountering under Mr Sammy Crabbe.

Nana Akomea said it would be difficult to solve the party's problems in the region if the national leaders do not look into the merits and demerits of the various complaints brought to them before prescribing solutions.

Nana Akomea described a purported suspension of Madam Theresa Tagoe by the Association of Constituency Chairmen as completely bogus, fraudulent and illegal. He added that the people who did that did not know what they were doing.

“It is just a headline politics initiated by Crabbe's administration,” he observed.

After quoting Articles 7, 8, and 10, of the NPP constitution, Nana Akomea noted that the NPP constitution has opened avenues for solving problems in the party, and as and when they arise, the constitution is what must be applied. According to him, it is not for any individual or group of individuals to come out with a resolute party.

“Even resolutions adopted at the recent Koforidua conference of the party cannot replace the constitution until conference amends the constitution”, Nana Akomea pointed out.

He said that it is not for anybody or group of people in the party to say they have resolved the problems in the region without reference to the laid down rules in the constitution and regulations of the party.

The three-time Member of Parliament noted that issues raised in the various petitions should be looked at by the National executives to see if due processes have been followed.

Asked what other measures the MPs might take if the resolutions arrived at by the party's rank and file collapse in the face of mounting disagreements within the party, Nana Akomea said they will avail themselves to all the rights ascribed to them under the party's constitution.

Credit: The Enquirer