paul afoko

The Vetting Committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday cleared Paul Afoko to run for the party?s Chairmanship race. This follows investigations into some allegations levelled against him.

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The Committee, chaired by Mr. C K Tedam, withheld his vetting after it received a supposed petition against the candidature of Mr. Afoko.

But after almost a month of investigations, the Committee decided to clear him to enable the man to run for the position he had been aspiring for.

But party insiders said that the decision was taken without the much-awaited INTERPOL report, which was expected to determine his fate.

What was, however, not clear was whether the Committee would reverse its decision in case the INTERPOL report made any adverse findings against Mr. Afoko.

The petition was said to have been sent to the Committee by one David Gyasi, who among others things, claimed the NPP man was once arrested for drugs in the United Kingdom.

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After the long wait, Mr. Afoko expressed joy over his clearance.

?After having gone through all this, what I can say is that I?m grateful to all your readers, members of our party and all those who have been supporting my cause. I pray that I will go on now completely focused to win the chairmanship race to help my party win the general elections in 2016.?

He told DAILY GUIDE, ?I know I have never been to prison and I don?t have any drug-related convictions and so I knew whatever allegations levelled against me would come to naught.?

Mr. Afoko claimed that putting his chairmanship ambition on hold gave him a hectic time saying, ?It was difficult but I kept telling them ?you have to believe me because I am not a convict or a drug addict.? Now, the Committee has vindicated me.?

Paul Afoko apologized to members of the Committee for anything he might have said in the heat of the controversy which did not go down well with them.

Key in the Chairmanship race of the NPP are incumbent party Chairman, Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, his 1st Vice Chairman, Fred Oware and twice-defeated chairmanship aspirant, Stephen Ntim.

The contest for the Chairmanship position of the largest opposition party in the country therefore promises to be interesting.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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