In a surprising turn of events, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has declared the “automatic forfeiture” of prominent members who have thrown their support behind Alan Kyeremateng, despite the party already having an elected flagbearer for the upcoming 2024 elections. This move follows Mr. Alan Kyeremateng’s resignation from the NPP to establish a new movement, complete with a distinct butterfly symbol, as part of his independent presidential candidacy.
A statement released by the General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Frimpong Kodua, explicitly mentioned key figures such as Hopeson Adorye, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, Nana Ohene Ntow, and Boniface Abubakar Saddique, accusing them of openly endorsing Alan Kyeremateng for President in violation of the party’s constitutional provisions. According to the General Secretary, these members have “AUTOMATICALLY FORFEITED” their NPP membership and are now considered “no longer members of the Party.”
Despite the controversy, Hopeson Adorye had claimed just a week ago that he still considered himself a member of the NPP, even as he expressed unwavering support for Kyeremateng’s presidential bid. Meanwhile, former Ejisu Lawmaker Owusu Aduomi, who recently campaigned for Kyeremateng, was notably absent from the list of individuals facing “automatic forfeiture.”
The General Secretary, quoting relevant constitutional provisions, emphasized that the party remains committed to its elected flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and considers the actions of those supporting Kyeremateng as a breach of party discipline.
It remains to be seen how this internal strife will impact the NPP’s unity and electoral prospects as the 2024 elections draw nearer. The sudden departure of these high-profile members raises questions about the party’s ability to maintain cohesion and present a united front in the upcoming political contest.
Read the full statement Below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 20, 2023
FORFEITURE OF MEMBERSHIP PURSUANT TO THE PROVISION OF ARTICLE 3(9)(1) OF THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY CONSTITUTION
The leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has taken notice of recent activities of Hopeson Adorye, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, Nana Ohene Ntow and Boniface Abubakar Saddique which includes publicly endorsing the candidature of a person other than the duly elected Presidential Candidate of the Party; His Excellency Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia.
In spite of their flagrant breach of the Party’s Constitution particularly Articles 3(5)(A)(4) and 3(9)(1), the afore- named men still hold themselves out as members of the NPP.
For the avoidance of doubt, Article 3(5)(A)(4) of the NPP Constitution enjoins all members of the Party to
*”abide by and publicly uphold the decisions of the Party”*
Also, Article 3(9)(1) of the Constitution provides as follows:
“A Member of the Party, who stands as an independent candidate against the officially elected member of the Party, or who joins or declares his or her support for another Political Party, or for an independent candidate, when the Party has sponsored a candidate in a general or by-election, automatically forfeits his or her membership of the Party”.
In line with these constitutional provisions, it is the view of the NPP that Hopeson Adorye, Nana Ohene Ntow, Boniface Abubakar Saddique and Yaw Buaben Asamoa have AUTOMATICALLY FORFEITED their membership of the Party. They are, therefore, no longer members of the Party.
The NPP entreats its members to remain true to their duties as per Article 3(5) of the party Constitution. We further call upon our members to bear in mind that the Party’s focus is to unite its ranks and rally the support of Ghanaians to make history by winning the 2024 general elections.
JUSTIN KODUA FRIMPONG