The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expelled four of its members for supporting another presidential candidate, instead of the party’s choice.
According to the party, the behaviour of the four Butterfly supporters is in flagrant breach of the NPP constitution, particularly Articles 3(5)(A)(4) and 3(9)(1).
The four are Yaw Buaben Asamoa, former National Communications Director; HopesonAdorye, former Parliamentary candidate for KponeKatamanso; Nana OheneNtow, former General Secretary and Boniface Abubakar Saddique, former Member of Parliament, Madina.
In a statement issued on Monday, November 20, 2023 and signed by the General Sectary, Justin Kodua Frimpong, per the dictates of the constitution, such behaviour translates into forfeiture of their membership automatically.
“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 in the Party. They are, therefore, no longer members of the party,” he said.
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 that “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.”
Meanwhile, one of the four, HopesonAdorye, has clapped back at the statement issued by the party, indicating that he is dividing his loyalty between the NPP and Alan Kyerematen.
In an interview with Joy FM, Hopeson indicated that he loves the NPP, but insisted that nothing will stop him from voting for the Butterly on December 7, 2024.
About a week ago, the former Security Coordinator at the Kotoka International Airport, HopesonAdorye, said “I am going to vote for Alan Kyerematen on December 7, 2024 and the parliamentary I will give it to my party, the NPP. If they don’t want it, I can take the two [vote].
“I am a party member; even this week, I have paid my dues. If they want to say we don’t need you, they will just calculate my dues and give it to me,” myjoyonline published.
Meanwhile, the other sacked members have not uttered a word about their association with the NPP or the Butterfly. However, they have been spotted accompanying Alan Kyerematen to public functions.
The Butterly camp is on a nationwide volunteer activation, which saw the leader of the movement, Alan Kyerematen, orienting people to ensure he was elected the next president.
The NPP, on the other hand, having elected a presidential candidate, is close to announcing a running mate by the flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.