The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has hailed the dismissal of the case in which its suspended national chairman, Paul Afoko, went to court to challenge his suspension from the party.
NPP in a statement signed and issued by its Acting General Secretary, John Boadu said the decision of the court has renewed their faith to unite and work hard to win the 2016 general election.
The court’s decision, according to the party, has also reaffirmed “the truism that the NPP is built and governed on the principles of rule of law and equality before the law.”
“To our members, let us see the decision of the Court not as an opportunity to jubilate, but rather as another reason to renew our faith in our cause and our commitment to getting all hands on deck. The overwhelming majority of Ghanaians are looking up to us and we will not let them down,” the statement added.
Afoko in December 2015 sued NPP for what he described as his wrongful suspension from the party.
But the Human Rights Court in Accra presided over by Justice Anthony Yeboah on Monday dismissed the case, saying Afoko’s lawyers failed to prove that the party erred in the procedures that were used in suspending him.
The Judge thus ruled that the party acted fairly and lawfully in the decision to suspend him.
Below is the full statement by NPP:
IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE!
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has taken keen note of the decision of the High Court in the case filed by Mr. Paul Afoko against his suspension as National Chairman of the party.
The High Court has held that the decision taken by the party was proper and in accordance with the Party’s Constitution and the rule of law.
This reaffirms the truism that the NPP is built and governed on the principles of rule of law and equality before the law. No member is above the Constitution of the Party. We are proud of these credentials. There are, however, no winners and losers in this case, as far as we are concerned.
The 2016 battle is about the people of Ghana. It is about the over 70% of Ghanaians worried about the dangerous direction President John Mahama is taking the country. It is about the over 70% of Ghanaians who believe that the President has failed to deliver.
It is about his 27% approval rating. It is about the killing high cost of living. It is about the President’s incompetent management of the economy that continues to cripple businesses and cost jobs. It is about the failure, under his leadership, of the real sectors of the economy, industry and agriculture, to perform.
It is about the high cost of corruption to the situation of bad roads, lack of access to decent health, sanitation, and education. It is about how insensitive President Mahama has been to the plight of ordinary Ghanaians. Above all, it is also about the formidable leadership and alternative policies that Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP have on offer to get the country working again for every Ghanaian, and not just a privileged few.
For us in the NPP, we are determined to rescue Ghana from the incompetence, corruption and insensitivity of President John Mahama and his NDC. We are united, disciplined, and focused on the 2016 campaign for CHANGE and equally confident of victory come December 7. We are fortified by the strong, popular support being manifested towards our presidential candidate in his interactions with Ghanaians across the country.
To our members, let us see the decision of the Court not as an opportunity to jubilate, but rather as another reason to renew our faith in our cause and our commitment to getting all hands on deck. The overwhelming majority of Ghanaians are looking up to us and we will not let them down.
General Secretary, Ag.