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24.03.2009 NPP News

Atwima Nwabiagya NPP rumpus ends…As constituency chairman assumes office

By Sebastian Freiku, Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle

NANA KOFI Owusu, has upon the direction of an Appeal Court, assumed office as the substantive constituency chairman of the Atwima Nwabiagya New Patriotic Party (NPP), bringing to an end an impasse which lasted for over a year and more.

At a general meeting recently, following the court's directive, Nana Kofi Owusu called on members to bury their differences and work for a united front towards winning back power in 2012.

He said the NPP could have averted defeat at the December 2008 elections if the party had a united front across the country. The chairman announced his intention to institute a scholarship scheme for constituents in the promotion of education as a key to development.

He disclosed that he and his executives would count on the support and sponsorship of Consar Ltd, Kofkam Company, Kwesi Oppong Company and Mfum Farms among other companies operating in the area for the operation of the Scheme.

Last February, 19th March, 2009, the Appeal Court upheld an application by Nana Kofi Owusu, declaring him as the substantive chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the Atwima Nwabiagya constituency.

Mr. Justice Eric Kwasi Piesare,  the presiding judge, directed that the appellants, ten in number, continue to hold office as NPP Executive officers to exercise the powers of that office and to perform all legitimate political functions of NPP in the constituency until the final determination of the appeal pending before it, while suspending the three-man Interim Committee appointed by the National Chairman of the NPP to manage the affairs of the NPP in the constituency, in pursuant of a High Court order of March 2008.

The IMC members were ordered   to render accounts to the first appellant and hand over any party property in their possession to him within14 days of the court's ruling, since they had no business to interfere with the appellants in the performance of their duties as NPP Executives.

All the defendants, including the Ashanti Regional chairman of the party, Mr. Robert Yaw Owusu Amankwa and his executives were also restrained from interfering with the performance of the functions of the appellants until the final determination of the case.