Issues set out for trial in Afoko case

The embattled Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Paul Afoko, is contesting the status of two members of the party’s Disciplinary Committee that recommended his suspension.
The legitimacy of the two, Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi , the party’s Member of Parliament (MP) for Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency and the Upper West Regional Chairman of the NPP, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Abubakar, also known as Alhaji Short, on the party’s Disciplinary Committee, is one of the five issues being raised by Mr Afoko’s lawyers.
Court’s directives
At Wednesday’s sitting, the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court ordered the parties in the case in which Mr Afoko is challenging the legality of his suspension, to file and exchange the required documents by March 24.
After several adjournments because neither the NPP nor its lawyers had been coming to court, the court Wednesday sorted out the issues for trial.
The court, presided over by Mr Justice Anthony Yeboah, said during the trial, while some issues would be disposed of by legal arguments, others would be dealt with by taking evidence.
It took the court more than an hour to determine issues for the trial.
The status of the two NPP leaders will be one of two issues on which evidence would be taken from witnesses because they are factual in nature.
Mr Osafo Buabeng, Counsel for Mr Afoko, had wanted the period within which all the documents will be filed to be shorter than March 24.
But Mr Justice Yeboah said the plaintiff could apply for an ex parte for the date to be brought forward if all the processes were satisfied before the March 24 adjourned date.
Counsel for the NPP, Mr Godfred Dame Yeboah, had also asked for 14 days to file and exchange the documents but that was reduced to 10.
Packed court
Far from the previous sittings in which only Mr Afoko’s lawyers and his supporters came to court, yesterday’s was different as the courtroom was packed with some bigwigs of the NPP.
The room was, however, split into two camps: Those on the side of Mr Paul Afoko included Mr Kwadwo Mpiani, a former Chief of Staff and Mr Sammy Crabbe, the suspended National Vice-Chairman of the party.
The list of those on the opposite side included a former Greater Accra Regional Minister in the Kufuor regime, Mr I.C Quaye, a former Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) Nii Adjiri Blankson.
- See more at: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/politics/58594-afoko-suit-court-set-down-issues-for-trial.html#sthash.9p4RJ2FV.dpuf
The embattled Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Paul Afoko, is contesting the status of two members of the party’s Disciplinary Committee that recommended his suspension.

The legitimacy of the two, Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi , the party’s Member of Parliament (MP) for Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency and the Upper West Regional Chairman of the NPP, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Abubakar, also known as Alhaji Short, on the party’s Disciplinary Committee, is one of the five issues being raised by Mr Afoko’s lawyers.

Court’s directives
At Wednesday’s sitting, the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court ordered the parties in the case in which Mr Afoko is challenging the legality of his suspension, to file and exchange the required documents by March 24.

After several adjournments because neither the NPP nor its lawyers had been coming to court, the court Wednesday sorted out the issues for trial.

The court, presided over by Mr Justice Anthony Yeboah, said during the trial, while some issues would be disposed of by legal arguments, others would be dealt with by taking evidence.

It took the court more than an hour to determine issues for the trial. 

The status of the two NPP leaders will be one of two issues on which evidence would be taken from witnesses because they are factual in nature.

Mr Osafo Buabeng, Counsel for Mr Afoko, had wanted the period within which all the documents will be filed to be shorter than March 24.

But Mr Justice Yeboah said the plaintiff could apply for an ex parte for the date to be brought forward if all the processes were satisfied before the March 24 adjourned date.

Counsel for the NPP, Mr Godfred Dame Yeboah, had also asked for 14 days to file and exchange the documents but that was reduced to 10.

Packed court
Far from the previous sittings in which only Mr Afoko’s lawyers and his supporters came to court, yesterday’s was different as the courtroom was packed with some bigwigs of the NPP.

The room was, however, split into two camps: Those on the side of Mr Paul Afoko included Mr Kwadwo Mpiani, a former Chief of Staff and Mr Sammy Crabbe, the suspended National Vice-Chairman of the party.
The list of those on the opposite side included a former Greater Accra Regional Minister in the Kufuor regime

The embattled Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Paul Afoko, is contesting the status of two members of the party’s Disciplinary Committee that recommended his suspension.
The legitimacy of the two, Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi , the party’s Member of Parliament (MP) for Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency and the Upper West Regional Chairman of the NPP, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Abubakar, also known as Alhaji Short, on the party’s Disciplinary Committee, is one of the five issues being raised by Mr Afoko’s lawyers.
Court’s directives
At Wednesday’s sitting, the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court ordered the parties in the case in which Mr Afoko is challenging the legality of his suspension, to file and exchange the required documents by March 24.
After several adjournments because neither the NPP nor its lawyers had been coming to court, the court Wednesday sorted out the issues for trial.
The court, presided over by Mr Justice Anthony Yeboah, said during the trial, while some issues would be disposed of by legal arguments, others would be dealt with by taking evidence.
It took the court more than an hour to determine issues for the trial.
The status of the two NPP leaders will be one of two issues on which evidence would be taken from witnesses because they are factual in nature.
Mr Osafo Buabeng, Counsel for Mr Afoko, had wanted the period within which all the documents will be filed to be shorter than March 24.
But Mr Justice Yeboah said the plaintiff could apply for an ex parte for the date to be brought forward if all the processes were satisfied before the March 24 adjourned date.
Counsel for the NPP, Mr Godfred Dame Yeboah, had also asked for 14 days to file and exchange the documents but that was reduced to 10.
Packed court
Far from the previous sittings in which only Mr Afoko’s lawyers and his supporters came to court, yesterday’s was different as the courtroom was packed with some bigwigs of the NPP.
The room was, however, split into two camps: Those on the side of Mr Paul Afoko included Mr Kwadwo Mpiani, a former Chief of Staff and Mr Sammy Crabbe, the suspended National Vice-Chairman of the party.
The list of those on the opposite side included a former Greater Accra Regional Minister in the Kufuor regime, Mr I.C Quaye, a former Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) Nii Adjiri Blankson.
- See more at: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/politics/58594-afoko-suit-court-set-down-issues-for-trial.html#sthash.9p4RJ2FV.dpuf

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