Mr Kwabena Agyei Agyepong has been reinstated as a former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party after close to five years of suspension from the governing party.
The decision to reinstate him was taken by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on Monday, May 10, 2021.
The party’s NEC, in a statement signed by General Secretary John Boadu, said Mr Agyepong’s suspension was lifted after extensive deliberations following a letter written by him to the party appealing to be recognized as a former General Secretary of the party. This follows the expiration of his mandate as General Secretary of the party on April 12, 2018.
According to the party, it took into cognizance the conduct of Mr Agyepong during the period of his suspension before deciding to lift the suspension.
“In the light of this decision, the party now recognizes Mr Kwabena Agyei Agyepong as former General Secretary, which recognition entitles him to enjoy all privileges and courtesies conferred on previous occupants of the position of General Secretary,” the statement said.
Mr Agyepong was suspended with two others, former National Chairman Paul Afoko and former National Vice-Chairman Sammy Crabbe for misconduct in 2015.
The National Executive Council of the party said it found him, and the two others, guilty of violating Article 3(d) of the party’s constitution, which enjoins members to uphold the party’s decisions, publicly through various acts.
He was also accused of engaging in “unilateral actions and activities without consultation with or seeking authorisation from the NEC.”
The party also accepted the recommendations of the National Disciplinary Committee to lift the suspension of the constituency women organizer for Atiwa East, Gifty Sackey, who was suspended by the Eastern Regional Executive Committee of the party.
Meanwhile, the party has adopted the report of the Osafo-Maafo-led Election Review Committee. The committee was set up by the party to review its performance in the 2020 general elections and to make appropriate recommendations. The Review Committee Report was adopted by NEC at its Monday meeting.
The party, at the said meeting, also considered a Draft Code of Conduct and Guidelines to regulate the conduct of party members, particularly prospective presidential and parliamentary candidates for the 2024 elections and their followers. “The Draft Code of Conduct and Guidelines would soon be made public after same has been ratified by the party’s National Council,” the party disclosed.