The Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Lawra in the Upper West Region, Alhaji Mohammed N. Donkoh has been asked to vacate his position temporarily, although the party is hoping to retain the seat it marginally won in 2016.
This follows a petition a member of the NPP, Lamini Fuseini, sent to the Regional Secretariat of the party requesting the removal of Alhaji Mohammed Donkoh from office.
The Constituency Chairman has been accused of grossly miscounting himself as well as sabotaging the NPP parliamentary candidate and incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Lawra, Anthony N-yoh Abayifaa Karbo.
A statement issued by the party and signed by the NPP’s Upper West Regional Secretary, Alitu Isaac indicated that the unanimous decision to have the Constituency Chairman step aside was after careful consideration of the evidence presented on the matter.
In the meantime, the case has been referred to the Upper West Regional disciplinary committee for an enquiry.
While waiting for further action from the party’s regional disciplinary committee, Alhaji Mohammed N. Donkoh has been asked to “step aside as Chairman of the Lawra Constituency, pending the outcome of investigations and recommendations of the Regional Disciplinary Committee”.
According to the party, the decision is in line with article 3 (7) of the NPP Constitution.
Earlier this week, confusion rocked the NPP in the Lawra constituency after some armed persons, believed to be loyalists of the party hijacked the official pickup of Alhaji Mohammed Donkor.
Citi News sources in Lawra indicated that the incident occurred in the town on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at about 11:30 pm.
Pro-NPP youth purported to be supporters of Anthony Karbo allegedly attacked the driver of the constituency chairman and confiscated the vehicle after threatening him and other occupants with machetes.
Upper West Regional Organizer of the NPP, Mustapher Goveh who indicated that the matter had been brought to the attention of the regional party executives also disclosed that plans had already commenced to suspend the Lawra constituency chairman.
He said, the suspension may become necessary because evidence had shown that he was using the said party vehicle to campaign against the incumbent MP Anthony Karbo who doubles as a deputy Minister for Roads and Highways.
Source: Citi FM/the herald