Suspended Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Sammy Crabbe has sued the party for indefinitely suspending him. Mr. Crabbe, who is perceived as an ally to the suspended National Chairman, Paul Afoko, was suspended after he refused to appear before the disciplinary committee after several invitations.
He has also been accused of disrespecting party decisions in support of Afoko. The NPP and the Attorney General are the defendants in the writ of summons. The writ indicated that “since there is no written notice for the Applicant’s removal from office, in consonance with Article 10 (4) of the NPP Constitution, the Disciplinary Committee lacked jurisdiction to have recommended the Applicant’s suspension and the National Executive Committee had no jurisdiction to have affirmed the said decision to suspend the Applicant let alone indefinitely.” It further claimed “that the decision was not taken in accordance with the constitution and the body which purported to have so acted did so unconstitutional and without jurisdictions which act also constitutes an error on the face of the records.” Mr. Crabbe had hinted that he will seek redress at the court if the party prevents him from discharging his duties as expected of him. He is asking the court to quash the decision to indefinitely suspend him.
“It is respectfully submitted therefore My Lord, that on the basis of the grounds argued above, of Lack of, or Excess of Jurisdiction, Procedural Irregularity and breach of the rules of natural justice it is submitted that the decision of the National Disciplinary Committee dated 2nd December, 2015 and endorsed by the National Executive Committee on 10th December 2015 be brought up to this court for purposes of having same quashed.” NPP suspended National Chairman, Paul Afoko in December, 2015 also went to court over the same reasons. He argued that his suspension and subsequent approval by the National Council was unconstitutional but an Accra High Court threw out the case, saying the plaintiffs failed to go through the internal party structures before resorting to the court.
Source – citifm