Good News For NPP, Bad News For Crabbe; How Court Closed Sammy Crabbe’s Suit Against NPP

The ruling of the high court dismisses Crabbe’s suit against the party

Its bad news for suspended vice chair of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Sammy Crabbe, as his case against the party has been dismissed by the high court. An Accra High Court has dismissed the case filed by the suspended Crabbe challenging his suspension by the party.

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The court presided over by Justice Sir Dennis Adjei, ruled that the national disciplinary committee of the NPP has jurisdiction to hear and punish anyone who has been found to have breached some rules of the party. The suit by the embattled Crabbe according to court is unmeritorious and therefore could not be held on any ground.

Mr Crabbe was suspended by the National Executive Committee of the NPP in 2015 after he failed to appear before a disciplinary committee of the party to answer misconduct charges levelled against him by two members of the party.

He was suspended alongside the NPP general secretary Kwabena Agyepong. Mr. Crabbe, who is perceived as an ally to the once suspended Paul Afoko, refused to appear before the NPP’s disciplinary committee after several invitations, leading to his suspension.

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Earlier in January, Mr Crabbe filed a suit against the party after his suspension by the National Executive Council of the party on the grounds that some rules of the party’s constitution had been violated.

Paul Afoko, the first suspended national executive of the party, testified on behalf of the plaintiff -Sammy Crabbe. After months of hearing of the legal arguments between Mr. Crabbe’s lawyers and those of the opposition party, the high court finally set June 2, to pass the final judgement.

However, the ruling of the high court dismisses Crabbe’s suit against the party.