After a long case, Court dismisses Afoko’s suit on the grounds that lawyers of the plaintiff failed to prove that the party erred in the procedures that were used in suspending him
The Human Rights Court in Accra has dismissed the case brought by suspended NPP National Chairman, Paul Afoko, in which he challenged his suspension. Mr Paul Afoko had challenged the legality of his suspension, arguing that the party did not follow due process.
After a long case, Court dismisses Afoko’s suit on the grounds that, lawyers of the plaintiff failed to prove that the party erred in the procedures that were used in suspending him. The court presided by Justice Anthony Yeboah, also ruled that the NPP’s National Executive Committee acted lawfully, by adopting the recommendations of the Disciplinary Committee of the party, to suspend the then National Chairman.
Mr. Afoko was suspended indefinitely from the NPP in October 2015 after the NPP’s Disciplinary Committee recommended his suspension, following a petition filed by two members of the party. According to reports, after a unanimous endorsement of the recommendation, he was suspended.
In December 2015, Mr. Afoko filed a suit at the Accra High Court, Human Rights Division, citing the NPP for unlawful acts. He had described his suspension as unconstitutional and a breach of natural justice. According to him, he was the duly elected Chairman of the NPP, and his suspension was illegal and contradicted the party’s constitution. He also alleged that his suspension was as a result of a conspiracy by some members of the party who opposed his candidature before his election.
Some party members however, did not support Afoko’s suspension from the party. More so, members who contested the procedure used in suspending Mr. Afoko, were also suspended for misconduct. They included General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong, and Second National Chairman Sammy Crabbe, who later filed a suit challenging his own suspension.
The Court had dismissed his suit in June 2016 and now, has also dismissed that of Paul Afoko.