The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has initiated processes aimed at expelling members of the party who repainted its Fomena office in the Ashanti Region into the colours of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Some aggrieved NPP members on Monday altered the party’s Fomena office’s customary colours of red, white, and blue to red, white, green, and black, the typical colours of the opposition NDC in protest of the party’s decision to hold on with polling station elections in the constituency.
Reacting to the development at a news conference in Accra on Thursday, the general secretary of the NPP, Mr John Boadu said the culprits will face the full rigorous of the law.
“In the specific case of disturbance witnessed at Fomena including painting of the party office with NDC colours, the party takes serious view of this gross misconduct, which is not only reprehensible but an affront to the very dignity and existence of the party,” he said.
“Accordingly, the party is taking immediate steps to expel all the persons behind this ungodly act from the party, of course through due process.
“The point must be made that the party has not yet decided on the modalities for holding polling station primaries in Fomena and the other nine constituencies where polling station elections were suspended, owing to one reason or the other,” Boadu said.
The NPP general secretary said the party will soon announce the date for opening of nominations.
“So in Fomena, for instance, the party is yet to take decision on the date of opening nominations, date of vetting, date of publication of vetting results, this will be done and communicated in due course,” he said.
The National Council of Elders has also assured it aggrieved members to remian calm as they take steps to resolve their concerns.
Some aggrieved members of the Kwadaso Constituency picketed at the party’s headquarters in Accra Thursday over disagreement in matters concerning the polling station elections conducted across the country.
The unbappy supporters pettioned their national leaders over issues they had with the recent polling station executive elections.
They alleged that the Chairperson for the qconstituency’s polling station elections, Gifty Ohene Konadu, breached the party’s constitution in the conduct of the polling station executive elections in the area.
The Members noted that they had petitioned the party’s regional office and were in Accra to do same to the national leaders.
Responding to the supporters in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Council, Kwadwo Afari said, the party has asked them to remain calm following the receipt of their petition.
The party assured agitating members of ‘impartial adjudication of all cases’.
“It is the considered view of the elders that the recent challenges within the party should inspire greater interest to make the Party better, and stronger in unity to pull the nation back together.
“No truly Patriotic member should take an intransigent position, but with tolerance, let’s all give off our best to keep the party together in our beautiful diversity,” excerpts of the statement read.