The Bono Regional Deputy Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Eric Adjei, has called on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the umbrella party to expel Samuel Koku Anyidoho.
The petitioner, explaining his position in a missive to the Chairman of the NEC, said the proposed expulsion was on the grounds of gross misconduct contrary to the express provisions of the constitution of the NDC, and for actions and inactions that are inimical to the progress of the party.
Mr. Adjei said the petition was grounded on many instances of ill-will speeches, accentuated by malice and calculated to subject the party to public ridicule.
According to the petitioner, Mr. Koku Anyidoho has consistently, on his official Twitter handle, made pronouncements which damage the reputation of the party, and mentioned various instances to buttress his (petitioner’s) point.
For instance, on January 16, 2021, Koku Anyidoho is said to have tweeted that he (Anyidaho) no longer speaks for the NDC, because Asiedu-Nketiah decreed to that effect, and wondered why some news portals continue refer to him as NDC Deputy General Secretary.
On January 10, 2021, the supposedly former NDC Deputy General Secretary reportedly tweeted that he would support President Akufo-Addo to succeed, for the fact that President Akufo-Addo is a product of the Nkrumah Ideological Institute.
Koku Anyidoho reportedly tweeted again on January 15, 2021 thus: “Ghana has a President and Vice President; Ghana has a Speaker of Parliament; We now have an NPP Majority Side of , as declared by the Speaker; Ghana has a Chief Justice: it is only sick minds that will say that Ghana is a banana Republic,” and further defended his utterances that he was still a ‘loyal NDC member’ who had a conscience.
The concerned NDC Communications Officer claimed the said tweets, which make it undoubtedly discernible as to how Koku Anyidoho has persistently denigrated the name of the NDC, were widely published by both the print and electronic media houses.
On the grounds of these acts of denigration, Eric Adjei has called for the expulsion or suspension of Koku Anyidoho based on the provisions of the Constitution of the NDC, referring specifically to articles 39 and 40, stressing that his (Anyidoho) attitude was contrary to the code and conduct and disciplinary code of the party.
According to the Bono Deputy Regional Communications Officer, article 39 provides that “Every party member shall faithfully comply with and ensure the unity and cohesion of the party at all times; defend the name of the party, as well as its decisions, and faithfully implement all lawful decisions of the party.”
He also referred to article 40 (8), which further provides that, “A Party member may be subjected or may be made to subject to Party discipline for breach of any of the provisions of this Constitution; anti-Party conduct or activities likely to embarrass party or bring the Party into hatred, ridicule, or contempt and thus recommended that Koku Anyidoho must be expelled, or suspended for a specific period or Removed from office and declared ineligibility to hold office or fined as provided by Article 40(9) to not only serve as a deterrent to other party members but ensure that there is discipline among members of the party at all times.”