Justin Frimpong Koduah (JFK), the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has urged any party members or supporters who have concerns about President Nana Addo’s remarks at the Awutu Senya West constituency regarding the parliamentary ambitions of his director of communications, Eugene Arhin, to raise them in the proper forum.
Eugene Arhin’s desire to run for the Awutu Senya West parliamentary seat received the President’s public endorsement.
He predicted that the Presidency’s Director of Communications “would do a very good job.”
“It is public knowledge that he has the intention of contesting on the ticket of the NPP in 2024. If he is successful in the NPP primaries, nananom, I am confident that he will do a very good job as a Member of Parliament for you. I appeal for all of you to support him if and when that time comes,” he added.
When the President visited the Central Region for two days, he made these remarks.
The NPP General Secretary declined to provide a firm response when asked on the “Kokrokoo” show on Peace FM monitored by Ghanatodayonline.com whether he would write to the President to appear before the party’s national disciplinary Committee as he did to Hopeson Adorye when the latter pledged his allegiance to the Minister of Trade, Alan Kyerematen, as the next NPP flagbearer, but instead suggested that the party has established procedures for one to follow if they believe the President has broken their rules.
He clarified that the constituency discipline Committee is where the complainant can submit their complaint.
“Nobody is above the constitution,” he stated and stressed “if someone thinks what the President said is a breach to the code of conduct, you have the grievances procedure . . . If I have my reservations [my comments] to make about the President’s remarks, I know the processes to follow to reply the President . . . but if you have not exhausted that process and come to make comment here, then it means I don’t even understand the code of conduct. I’m even breaching it”.
He did, however, demonstrate that there is a gap in the President’s case.
He questioned, “How do you say that the President has stated something, and as a result you are sending him to the Disciplinary Committee at Awutu Senya, even though the President has made some statements with which you disagree, and as a result the President is not a member of the constituency?”