Wereko Brobbey Fires Again: NPP’s Reasoning “Lacks Logic”

Wereko Brobbey Fires Again: NPP’s Reasoning “Lacks Logic”.

Charles Wereko-Brobby

Charles Wereko-Brobby

A member of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Wereko Brobbey has questioned the reasoning behind the New Patriotic Party’s decision to boycott the by- election in Akatsi and Buem, saying “there is a lack of logic in the reasons ascribed.”

In an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show, the former Chief Executive of the Ghana @ 50 Secretariat indicated that, “if you (NPP) say that the EC’s conduct is unbecoming and you are contesting the EC’s conduct at the Supreme Court, you either have to wait for the outcome of that case; but if you decide and you pick and choose which actions of the EC you want to be part of, then am saying that it is a complete lack of logic.”

Dr. Wereko Brobbey’s comments come hours before the Supreme Court is set to make a decision on whether or not to allow the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to join a petition challenging the declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as winner of the election.

In an open letter addressed released yesterday, Dr Brobbey called on the party to direct its energies towards winning the 2016 elections and dared the party to completely boycott all activities in Parliament if they want to be taken serious.

When questioned about why he had not channelled his frustrations through the hierarchy of the party, Dr. Wereko Brobbey indicated “it is not just in Executive meetings or closed meetings in which decisions and discussions affecting the future and direction of political parties are decided… in real democracies, there is serious debate and dissent within and these things must be encouraged.”

He further noted that though some members of the party will be aggrieved by his sharp criticism, “we must encourage these discussions. Are we saying that until this case is determined with 5000 witnesses et cetera, we should just fold our hands and let this party just wither? No we will not… I want the rank and file to hear an alternative view about how this party goes forward. I want the rank and file to also listen to the future.”

In a sharp response, First Vice Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Mr. Fred Oware indicated to Citi FM that the party intended to treat “this matter in the manner that it deserves without spending too much time on it. We will just let it pass… he describes himself as a member of the Party, we would have wished that with the party’s interests at heart, he would have summoned any one of us, even to his house if he couldn’t find time to come to the office, to engage us on some of these issues.”

Below is a copy of the letter written by Dr. Brobbey

The NPP is boycotting Parliamentary bye-elections because it is in dispute with the EC.

Why not extend this illogical and nonsensical act by asking all the Party’s MPs in all of the constituencies affected by the 4700 polling stations cited in the Supreme Court Petition to step aside from Parliament pending the determination of the case

Whilst we are at it, let the NPP in Parliament abandon the farce of taking part in the vetting of Ministers nominated by the President whose election they do not recognise, again until such time as the Supreme Court pronounces in the petition.

Also, since it is only President Mahama who can commit the public funds of Ghana, let the NPP in Parliament suspend its participation in Parliament since that body’s agenda is only to debate and approve policies and programmes which impose a charge on the Public purse of Ghana.

Better still, as it is the same EC which conducted the elections in the constituencies in which the NPP won Parliamentary seats, the Party must reject those results as well and ASK ITS MPS TO BOYCOTT PARLIAMENT TOTALLY UNTIL THE SUPREME COURT DETERMINES THE SUIT. Otherwise, the NPP will show itself up as only accepting the EC’s conduct as fair and without malice where the NPP is victorious

Unless the NPP’s leadership carries through with all of the foregoing, some of us who have as much roots in the formation of the NPP and its antecedent parties will not comprehend the logic or sense in the boycott of the bye-elections.

Our Party deserves better. Dr. J. B. Danquah deserves better. Dr. Kofi A. Busia deserves better. President Edward Akufo-Addo deserves better. Obetsebi Lamptey deserves better. President J. A. Kufuor deserves better . Victor Owusu deserves better.

The 2016 General Elections is less than four years ago. The NPP must be spending its energies getting ready to contest and this time SECURES THE VICTORY that the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians will vote for. An essential pre-requisite for convincing the majority of Ghanaians (not just the “yente gyae fanatics”) is to demonstrate a commitment to principled democratic conduct and not knee jerk self-promotional gimmicks.

Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby
Founding Member, NPP /
Victor Owusu’s nephew


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