The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dismissed claims of suspending its women's organizer for the Kumawu Constituency, countering reports that Madam Akua Afriyie was suspended for endorsing Mr. Alan Kyerematen, the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) presidential hopeful.
In an official statement dated August 9, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC, Dr. Frank Amoakohene, clarified that the party's leadership had not sanctioned any disciplinary action against Madam Akua Afriyie.
Dr. Amoakohene's statement refuted a publication in the Chronicle newspaper, which was subsequently circulated by other media outlets. The publication alleged that the NDC suspended its women's organizer for the Kumawu Constituency due to her purported endorsement of NPP's Presidential Aspirant, Alan Kyerematen.
The NDC clarified that Akua Afriyie's name does not appear in any of its records as a women's organizer or party executive at any level – be it branch, constituency, or regional.
The statement read, “I wish to by this statement debunk the publication and put on record that, no such declaration has been made by any of our women's organizers, and no such purported suspension has been occasioned by any structure of the party.”
The controversy emerged after a widely circulated video showed Madam Akua Afriyie expressing admiration for Alan Kyerematen. In the video, despite her NDC affiliation, she indicated her intention to vote for Mr. Kyerematen if he becomes the NPP's flagbearer in the 2024 elections.
Dr. Amoakohene concluded the statement by emphasizing the NDC's primary focus – the upcoming 2024 elections – to secure victory for the party's flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, and the NDC.