The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Upper West Region has cleared its former Wa West constituency chairman, Alhaji Abdulai Seidu (Major), to partake in all Party’s activities after he was suspended in November, 2015.
A letter signed by the NPP’s Regional Chairman, S.B Kangbere, and addressed to the former constituency chairman stated that the Regional Executive Committee “are pleased to inform you that you are cleared to henceforth actively participate in all NPP activities as a member in good standing.”
The clearance was necessitated after the Party’s hierarchy in the region observed that Alhaji Major conducted himself well ever since he was suspended four years ago, the letter noted. The Regional Executive Committee through the July 28, 2019 letter also charged Chairman Major to “work with the current constituency executives and Party supporters to improve the electoral fortunes of the Party in 2020 and beyond in Wa West and Upper West as a whole”.
It will be recalled that Alhaji Abdulai Seidu (Major) was suspended on November 12, 2015 by the then Regional Executive Committee led by Alhaji Abubakari Short, following a complaint by one Adams Mahamood Mumuni. The complainant who was not a member of the party in the Wa West constituency had alleged that Chairman Major “mobilised, as well as led, some people from the region to demonstrate against the decision of both the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Council regarding the suspension of Mr Paul Afoko from his position as national chairman of the NPP”. The petitioner further argued that the alleged action of Alhaji Major was in breach of the Party’s constitution, thus disqualified him from being a member of good standing to occupy an office as the constituency chairman.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Abdulai Seidu in January 2018 wrote to the Party’s general secretary, John Boadu, seeking clarification on his status as a member of the NPP after the Party had announced roadmap for its constituency executives’ elections. In the letter, Mr. Seidu suggested that he was not fairly treated after the Disciplinary Committee and the Executive Committee of the Party in the region both failed to give a verdict after he sought for redress following the suspension.
The lifting of the suspension on the NPP stalwart in the Wa West constituency comes at a time the NPP are eager to wrestle power from the opposition National Democratic Congress who are occupying the seat since the creation of the constituency in 2004.