The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has insisted that it did not expel any of its members, but only followed its laid-down principles and rules.
This follows the announcement by the party that Hopeson Adorye, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, Nana Ohene Ntow, and Boniface Abubakar Saddique were no longer members of the party after they publicly endorsed and campaigned for Independent presidential candidate, Alan Kyerematen.
In a statement issued on Monday, the NPP said the four had forfeited their membership in the party for their flagrant breach of the party’s Constitution, particularly Articles 3(5)(A)(4) and 3(9)(1).
The NPP in the statement, signed by its General Secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong, noted that Article 3(9) (I) of their Constitution states that: “A Member of the Party who stands as an independent candidate against the officially elected member of the Party or who joins or declares his or her support for another Political Party, or for an independent candidate when the Party has sponsored a candidate in a general or by-election automatically forfeits his or her membership of the Party.”
Mr. Frimpong, in an interview on Eyewitness News on Citi FM, insisted that “The party has not sacked anybody. It is what the Constitution states that we are following. And the word used in the constitution is forfeiture.”
“We have not sacked them, it is their action that has made them forfeit their membership in the NPP.”
Meanwhile, the four members of the NPP have accepted the party’s stance and pledged commitment to the country’s success through their support for Independent Candidate, Alan Kyerematen.
Mr Asamoa in a statement issued on Monday said, “Though none of the persons mentioned has received a personal copy [of the letter from the party], we accept our resignation from the NPP and pledge our commitment to Ghana’s success through our support for Alan Kyerematen. We also take this opportunity to respond and set the minds of concerned, well-meaning patriots at ease.”