The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has dismissed the assertion made by Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, a leading member of the party, questioning the composition of the national vetting committee of the party.
In a reaction to Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe’s assertion, carried in the Daily Graphic last Saturday, the NPP said the premises on which he made the assertions were flawed.
Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe’s Assertions
It would be recalled that Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe, a founder member of the NPP, questioned the composition of the party’s national vetting committee.
He pointed out that out of the five aspirants allegedly disqualified by the committee, three were from the north.
“This reinforces the huge perception in the public domain that the party is Akan-dominated,” Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe had stated.
He wondered how all the aspirants satisfied the requirements for vetting and yet the committee had disqualified some of them.
He said the members of such an important committee should be experienced members of the party with in-depth knowledge of party affairs.
Disqualification not based on ethnicity
But the NPP, in a statement signed by Mr Perry Okudzeto, explained that there were eight candidates from the north in the contest, adding, “Disqualification was not based on ethnicity.”
“It must be stated in clear and no uncertain terms that the premises on which Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe makes the assertion are flawed. Further, it exposes his ignorance of the party’s constitution and its provisions. Such unguarded statements deepen the perception and rumour that engulfs the party in times like this when there is internal competition for leadership positions,” it added
According to the NPP, Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe is a leading member of the party and, therefore, recent actions and pronouncements by him violated his duties as a member of the party.
It said the impression being created that it was a new committee just for the purpose of the 2014 National Executive Election and the tribal underpinnings that had been cited were mind-boggling.
Members of the Vetting Committee
The NPP named the members of the Vetting Committee as: Mr C.K. Tedam, Chairman of the National Council of Elders; the Most Rev Dr Emmanuel Asante-Antwi, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee; Dr Adjei Bawuah of the Organisation Committee; Brigadier Joseph Odei (retd) of the Research Committee.
Others are Kwabena Sarpong of the Finance Committee; Mr Ayikoi Otoo of the Constitutional Committee; and Mr Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, the Director of Elections (Secretary).
“There are two women representatives, Madam Cecilia Dapaah and Mrs Catherine Afeku,” it added.
Members and media urged to seek clarification
The NPP urged all party members, irrespective of their level in the party, to seek clarification of all issues concerning the party from the Communications Directorate.
It warned that any member who used the media as a platform for addressing internal party issues shall be summoned before the Disciplinary Committee.
The party also urged the media to cross-check information from the party’s Communications Directorate at all times before publishing anything about the party.
Source: Daily Graphic