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NPP Decides: ‘Don’t repeat Tamale experience’; Akufo-Addo recalls Afoko, Agyapong agony

The President has asked delegates electing New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Executives on Saturday to vote for candidates that will unite the party.

Speaking at the party’s National Delegates Conference in Koforidua, the Eastern Region capital, Nana Akufo-Addo reminded the delegates that the persons they elect will have the daunting task of organising the party to secure election victory in 2020.

“It is a huge challenge and we need the right people to meet it…We must make sure that the post-Tamale experience never recurs again. We must maintain and safeguard the gains of 2016 by electing the right persons,” he told delegates gathered at the Koforidua Technical University.

The post-Tamale experience the President referred to is the bitter infighting that ensued among power factions within the NPP after the election of Paul Afoko as National Chairman and Kwabena Agyapong as National Secretary at a similar delegates’ conference in Tamale in 2014.

A clash of opinions between key party executives threw the then opposition party to into chaos and division.

The cracks that emerged from the divisions caused the National Executive Committee (NEC) to, in September 2015, uphold a decision of the party Disciplinary Committee to suspend indefinitely Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong.

The Committee held that the two executives and their cohorts were working against the party’s interests and damaging its chances of winning the 2016 elections.

Then Second Vice Chairman of the party, Sammy Crabbe, was also axed during the melee.

Mr Afoko, Mr Agyapong and Mr Crabbe have since not been reinstated and remain far away from active party politics.


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