Let’s pardon Obiri Boahen – Owusu Banahene
More members of the general public, especially those within the elephant family, continue to plead for the Deputy General-Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Nana Obiri Boahen for pardon following his comments on a secretly recorded tape which went viral barely a week ago.
The latest individual to add her voice to the numerous calls by well-meaning Ghanaians on the leadership of the NPP to temper justice with mercy is a former Brong Ahafo Regional Women’s Organiser of the NPP, Justina Owusu Banahene, popularly called Awo.
Madam Owusu Banahene, who is currently aspiring for the Regional 2nd Vice Chair position of the party believes that, considering Nana Obiri Boahen’s immeasurable role and contributions to the NPP over the years, coupled with his quest to sell the party’s ideas, “he is liable to make mistakes sometimes because he is human.”
“Nana Obiri Boahen’s courage and humility in admitting his fault and apologizing to the party and Ghanaians, to me, should be commended. Indeed, it requires a lot of courage to accept one’s weakness and apologize for one’s wrongdoing”, Madam Owusu Banahene said in a Statement.
She said Nana Obiri Boahen had learnt his lessons from the unfortunate incidence, adding that “Nana’s remorseful attitude after the leaked tape indicates the true patriot he is.”
“In our culture, when your baby eases himself on your laps, you do not cut off your thighs, you rather clean the mess. I believe Nana has learnt his lessons and I hope he will never repeat such a thing.”
“I would therefore want to use your medium to plead with the steering committee, Council of Elders, and all who matter in the party to temper justice with mercy in taking any decisions on him”, she added in the statement.
“While the party reserves every right to sanction him, my plea is that for the sake of Nana’s commitment and selfless dedication to the cause of the party, and as a first time offender, the party should pardon Nana Obiri Boahen.”
The Statement concluded that “the psychological he has been through is quite enough punishment and he has already indicated that he will never again repeat such an act.”
Meanwhile, the National Steering Committee of the NPP, after its meeting with Nana Obiri Boahen yesterday, has referred the issue to the party’s Disciplinary Committee for further hearing and adjudication of the case.
“The steering committee, after listening to him and taken cognizance of his public apology for the false allegations he had made against the “Flagstaff House” and the party leadership, has referred his conduct to the party’s disciplinary committee in accordance with Article 4 of the party constitution”, Acting General Secretary of NPP, John Boadu said in a statement he issued.
“The committee has further instructed the Deputy General Secretary, Nana Obiri Boahen to refrain from speaking to the media in any official capacity until his issues with the disciplinary committee have been fully resolved”, he said.
He advised party loyalists to always endeavor to “protect and promote the good name of the party and also remain loyal and truthful to the party’s cause at all times.