The ruing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has indefinitely relieved the embattled Central Regional (C/R) First Vice-Chairman of the party, Horace Ekow Ewusi, of his position.
The decision follows what sources told Today has been Mr Ewusi’s deliberate moves at ignoring directives from the party hierarchy in the region to respond to allegations of fraud by false pretense, auctioning and pocketing proceeds of excavators seized from illegal miners in a petition filed against him by one Edward Kraku Adum, also a party member.
Mr Ewusi has in the past week been at the centre of controversy following a petition filed against by Kraku Adum.
Mr Adum, who served a jail term at the HMP Ford Prison in the United Kingdom for drug trafficking, demanded for the head of Ekow Ewusi because, according to him, he was not fit and proper to occupy the first Vice-Chair position of the Elephant family in the Central Region.
In his petition addressed to the National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah, with copies to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the UK High Commissioner to Ghana, National Chairman of the NPP, Freddy Blay, and the Central Regional Chairman of the party, Robert Kutin, Mr Adum called for the immediate removal of Mr Ewusi from office.
He demanded that Mr Ewusi, who is a member of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining be probed, prosecuted and jailed if found culpable since he was not fit for the positions he was occupying both in the party and in government.
Mr Adum contends that Mr Ewusi has allegedly defrauded him of an amount US$10,000 by false pretense.
Further to that, the petition adds that Mr Ewusi has misrepresented himself as the official auctioneer for the Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal mining where he has in his personal capacity, allegedly auctioned most of the excavators which were seized by the Committee but has since not rendered any accounts.
All these allegations have flatly been denied by Mr Ewusi when Today in an earlier publication reached him.
According to Mr Ewusi, Mr Adum was “a delusional man” who was being supported by “confused individuals to soil his reputation.”
“These are very desperate individuals behind this so let them do what they intend to do. I don’t mind if it is in the newspaper or radio. God will fight my enemies for me,” Mr Ewusi said when Today reached him via phone.
The Central Regional Chairman, Robert Kingsford Kutin, having received a copy of the petition, informed the other executives where a decision was taken to officially write to Mr Ewusi to respond to the allegations levelled against him.
And following a meeting, the Regional Chairman, Mr Kutin, directed the Regional Secretary of the party, Richard Takyi-Mensah, to write to Mr Ewusi for his side of the story, a directive which was duly honoured.
“Please, I am directed by the Regional Chairman, Mr Robert Kutin Jnr., to bring to your attention a copy of a petition that he has received. The said petition is against you and the petitioner is one Mr Edward Okraku Adum. The petition was addressed to the Minister of National Security, but the Regional Chairman, the President, the National Chairman, the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Ghana, the CID of the Ghana Police Service, the National Security Coordinator, the BNI and the Chairman of the Council of
Horace Ekow Ewusi
State were copied. Surprisingly, you, the one the petition was against, were not copied. The Regional Chairman will be very happy if you can respond to this letter within a week upon receipt of this letter,” a letter written by regional secretary, Richard Takyi-Mensah, dated June 5, 2019 and addressed to Mr Ewusi in part read.
However, Mr Ewusi never responded to the letter. The matter was then brought to the fore of the regional Steering Committee at a meeting held on July 5, 2019 where Mr Ewusi was questioned as to why he was reluctant to respond to the petition filed by Adum.
The said meeting agreed that Mr Ewusi responds to the letter within a week which he willingly pledged to do so. However, the deadline has elapsed and Mr Ewusi has still not honoured his pledge to respond to the issues raised by Adum in his petition to the party hierarchy.
Consequently, the regional executives who were not enthused by seemingly blatant disregard of authority in a letter signed by Chairman Kutin, and sighted by this paper, suspended Mr Ewusi indefinitely and referred him to the Regional Disciplinary Committee of the party to further probe the matter.
“This is a gross disrespect to the Regional Party which should not be entertained in anyway. It is on this basis of Mr Ewusi’s continuous refusal to reply to the letter and total disregard for party directives that I have taken the decision to suspend you. You are, therefore, suspended indefinitely and referred to the Regional Disciplinary Committee of the party to do further investigation on the petition,” the suspension letter signed by Chairman Kutin Jnr., and copied to the President, the National Chairman of the party, General Secretary of the party and the Regional Minister in part read.
Meanwhile, Mr Ewusi has refuted his suspension from the party, claiming that per the NPP’s constitution “only national can suspend the elected regional officer through the recommendations from national disciplinary committee.”
In a post on one of the social media platforms he represents, Mr Ewusi said he has become a target by certain individuals in the region who see him as a threat to their political career and for that matter “they want to prevent him from contesting the next regional election and the way to do that is to blackmail him and use it as basis for his removal from the party for him not to be able to contest any elections.”
He added “but it will not work that is why national party is treating this ghost petition the contempt that it deserves because they don’t see anything important in that petition.”
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