It is with a heavy heart that I wish to put across my concerns about the distasteful internal wranglings that has bedeviled the People’s National Convention (PNC) over the period – an issue that has persistently undermined the progress of the party.
I am not enthused about discussing party issues in public and that has never been my style. Nonetheless, I am compelled to adopt this approach in the wake of the seeming breakdown of structures in the party, fueled by disunity and divisiveness among the party hierarchy.
Although I have remained silent on all the issues that have emerged in party after the 2020 elections in interest of protecting the image of the party, the latest decision by the National Executive Committee to suspend the General Secretary of the party without recourse to proper procedures cannot be overlooked as it has far-reaching implications on the integrity of the party.
As much as I recognize that NEC has the mandate to take decisions that would best serve the interest of the party, the PNC is a party that is governed by laws and thus any decision must be in tandem with the party’s constitution.
Per the PNC’s constitution, a meeting by NEC to suspend an officer of the party requires the attendance of more than half of regional chairmen of the party; failure to do so implies that a quorom would not be formed per the dictates of the constitution.
I am reliably informed that only seven regional chairmen attended the August 28 meeting in Accra. It is therefore surprising that NEC could take such a decision, which is a clear breach of the constitution.
With the benefit of hindsight, I urge the party hierarchy to do the right thing by reversing NEC’s decision because it is unconstitutional and does not calve a better image for the party.
I strongly believe that the General Secretary has not been fairly treated. I therefore encourage her to seek redress at the appropriate quarters, including taking legal action if the decision is not urgently reversed.
As a concerned member of the party and a former flagbearer hopeful, I am saddened that nearly nine months after the elections, there has not been a concerted effort by the party to do a thorough analysis of what led to our abysmal performance in election 2020 and restrategise ahead of 2024.
I am also worried that the PNC leadership has gone into hibernation such that there has not been a single collective party decision on any issue of national interest since election 2020. This is unacceptable. If the PNC can recapture the hearts of the good people of Ghana, then we must demonstrate seriousness in all our dealings and not be seen as playing second fiddle to any political party.
The party at this stage needs urgent reorganisation and an early congress would surely be of great benefit to the party.
Long Live Ghana, Long Live PNC!
Issued by: Asaki Samson Awingobit (Former PNC Flagbearer hopeful)
By: Joseph Nana Yaw Cobbina