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27.01.2006 CPP News

Asoma Banda appeals for peace within CPP

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Accra, Jan. 27, GNA - Alhaji Asoma Banda, Former Chairman of the Convention People's Party (CPP), has appealed to the leadership of the Party to find solution to problems arising out of a decision taken by the Central Committee of the Party against its three Members of Parliament.

"I urge the National Chairman and his Spokesmen as well as our Honourable Members of Parliament to ceasefire and freeze all actions contemplated including press statements to enable us settle the issues in a family way," he said.

A release issued by Alhaji Banda on Friday observed that events of the last few days indicated that the Central Committee of the CPP had met in Kumasi and taken certain decisions against the three CPP Members of Parliament.

The members are Mr Freddy Blay, First Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament (MP) of Ellembelle; Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, Minister of Public Sector Reform and MP for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrirem and Mr Kojo Armah, MP for Evalue-Gwira.

The release noted that various statements had been publicly made on the matter, which hinged on the expulsion of the three MPs form the Party, adding that one account announced their expulsion from the CPP while a later account said the matter of their dismissal had been referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the Party.

"Whatever decisions were taken in Kumasi and made public have created a crisis in the Party and caused avoidable tensions and embarrassment," the release said.

It said it was necessary for all sides to exercise restraint while some elders of the Nkrumaist fraternity tried to find an amicable settlement. "I appeal to the Council of Elders to join me in finding a lasting solution to the problem and also creating a good working relationship between the Leadership of the Party and our representatives in Parliament."