Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen, will no longer speak to the media in an official capacity on any matter until a disciplinary case against him is resolved, the party’s acting General Secretary, John Boadu has said.
According to Mr. Boadu, the decision was taken by the party’s National Steering Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, following a leaked audio tape of Nana Obiri Boahen in which he made some serious allegations against the NPP.
Mr. Obiri-Boahen in a secretly recorded conversation with an NDC activist based in the USA which has gone viral on social media is heard claiming that the Presidency gave the party Gh¢50 billion to conduct the party’s 2017 National Annual Delegates Conference in Cape Coast.
He is also heard in the same recording lamenting about how he was given only GH¢5,000 of the GH¢50 billion as a member of the Resolution Committee among other complaints of unfair treatment.
Mr. Obiri-Boahen has taken responsibility for the recording and has since apologized for the comments.
But John Boadu explained that the Steering Committee will be looking into claims in the leaked audio of Nana Obiri Boahen.
“For now, Nana Obiri Boahen will not speak for the party but can speak for himself. NEC [National Executive Committee] has to conduct investigations into the tape to decide. If he is found guilty, he will then face the Disciplinary Committee of the party for the appropriate punishment”, he said on the Accra-based radio, Okay FM.
“But as I’m speaking now, I cannot tell you what his punishment will be when he meets with the Disciplinary Committee of the party”, he added.
Mr. Boadu noted that the National Steering Committee has thus referred his conduct to the party’s disciplinary committee in accordance with Article 4 of the party’s constitution.
As the head of the legal team, he (Nana Obiri Boahen) has been asked to hand over to Garry Nimako to take over till the issue is resolved.