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‘Dumsor’ obstructs Afoko’s evidence in favour of Sammy Crabbe

Thursday, 28 April 2016 18:43

Intermittent electricity outage at the Accra High Court has forced the case of the suspended second National Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Samuel Crabbe to be adjourned.

The embattled chairman of the NPP, Mr Afoko had mounted the witness box to give evidence in the case in which Mr Crabbe is challenging his suspension by the disciplinary committee when the irregular outages set in.

Electricity supply to the courtroom, which is located in the newly constructed court complex in Accra, went off at least 10 times; a situation that caused the presiding judge to momentarily suspend hearing each time the power went off.

Mr. Afoko who is also suspended by the Party and challenging the said suspension in another case, could not finish his evidence due to the intermittent electricity supply.

The situation made the temperature in the room unbearable notwithstanding the opening of the glass doors and windows. The outages also affected the computerised recording system.

In view of the development, the court presided over by Justice Dennis Adjei adjourned proceedings to May 4.

Prior to the adjournment, Mr Afoko told the court in his evidence that the swearing in of some members of the National Disciplinary Committee by the first national chairman was unconstitutional.

He said it was only the national chairman who had the mandate to do so, adding “And as the chairman, there was no such meeting conveyed by me, at which this duty was assigned to the first national chairman”

Background

Mr Crabbe is grounding the illegality of his suspension on a case that some of the members of the committee who voted for his suspension are not legitimate members of the committee.

According to him, those members were not qualified to validate his suspension.

Mr Crabbe was suspended after two members of the party, Mr Boye Laryea and Ms Gladys Tsotso Mann-Dedey, filed a complaint against him for allegedly uttering words in the media that had the potential to bring the party into disrepute.

He was vociferous in his criticism of the suspension of the National Chairman and the General Secretary of the NPP.

He also stated that he could not work with the executive members who were appointed to act in the stead of the national chairman and the general secretary.

Those issues, among others, according to the petitioners, were enough for Mr Crabbe to be removed from office.

By Lydia Ezit|Onua 95.1FM|tv3network.com