The lead counsel for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Godfred Dame, has described attempts by the party’s suspended national chairman, Paul Afoko, to appeal the dismissal of his suit against the party as “worrying”.
An Accra Human Rights Court Monday dismissed Mr. Afoko’s challenge of the legality or otherwise of suspension by the NPP, explaining that he has no case. As a result, Mr. Afoko remains indefinitely suspended.
But, Mr. Afoko in a statement said he has instructed his counsel to study the judgment affirming his sanction, and to appeal “at the appropriate time.”
“It has always been emphasised that this legal battle is not about personalities but about the restoration of our party to its core values of respect for one another’s opinion, the rule of law and the need to remain united in face of all challenges,” added the statement signed by Nana Yaw Osei, spokesperson of Mr. Afoko.
However, speaking on Eyewitness News Monday on Accra-based Citi FM, Mr. Dame said he does not have any qualms whatsoever about Afoko’s quest to appeal the court’s ruling, but it is simply “needless” and petty.
“…This indication by Mr. Afoko is very worrying,” he told the host.
He said in the work of the call for reconciliation, he was surprised that “…Afoko will more or less want to act contrary to the spirit of unity, peace and reconciliation shown by the party by going further up to the appeal system.”
Mr. Dame continued by saying that even though Mr. Afoko has the right to challenge his suspension by the NPP, his actions are nothing but a needless distraction.
He argued that looking at the merit of the suit brought against the NPP by Mr. Afoko, “it is totally frivolous and mischievous.”
“…I have never seen any high profile case in all my practice laden with so much mischief and frivolous as this one,” he said, adding that it was “central and key to the theme of the NDC’s campaign.”
The NPP in a statement lauded the judgement, saying it felt vindicated by the Human Rights court.
“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,” the statement signed by its acting General Secretary, John Boadu, said.
Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Mohammed Awal