The New Patriotic Party has temporarily banned its ”okro mouth” Deputy General Secretary, Nana Obiri Boahen, from speaking to the media in an official capacity on any matter until a disciplinary case against him is resolved.
The decision was taken by the party’s National Steering Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, which considered a leaked audio tape of Nana Obiri Boahen in which he made some serious allegations against the NPP.
The deputy general secretary claimed in the audio that the party received an amount of GHC50 billion from Ghana’s presidency for the organisation of its national annual delegates conference in Cape Coast last year.
He further claimed that though he’s an executive of the party, he has not been given an office, adding he had at most times used his own resources to conduct party businesses.
The leaked tape, which went viral, attracted criticisms from the public who were shocked by the revelation from the deputy general secretary.
The party on February 28 denied the allegations and indicated the matter had been referred to its National Steering Committee to look into the matter and make appropriate recommendations.
A statement issued by the general secretary of the party John Boadu on Wednesday said the Steering Committee met on the matter and considered the leaked tape as well as its related matters.
It said the Committee gave him a hearing and also took notice of Mr. Boahen’s public apology “for the false allegations he had made against the “Flagstaff House” and the party leadership”.
The statement said the National Steering Committee has thus referred his conduct to the party’s disciplinary committee in accordance with Article 4 of the party constitution.
“The committee has further instructed the Deputy General Secretary, Nana Obiri Boahen to refrain from speaking to the media in any official capacity until his issues with the disciplinary committee have been fully resolved,” it stated.
Meanwhile the Steering Committee has reminded members of the party of their duties under Article 3(D) of the party’s constitution that enjoins them to protect and promote the good name of the party and also remain loyal and truthful to the party’s cause at all times.
Nana Obiri Boahen had suggested in a leaked private conversation with a supposed National Democratic Congress (NDC) member that he was given a paltry GHC3,000 from the GHC50 billion which the Flagstaff House gifted the party with for the congress.