The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the New Patriotic Party has reportedly readmitted former General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, into the party after a six-year moratorium on his membership.
According to Accra-based Asaase Radio, the suspension had been lifted after a passionate appeal by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
President Akufo-Addo reportedly told a meeting of NEC that Kwabena Agyepong had suffered enough for whatever misdeeds that led to his suspension in 2015 and that throughout his days in the wilderness, the man has been contrite and still been helpful to the cause of the party.
Interestingly is that Kwabena Agyepong had been suspended on account of the same Mr. Akufo-Addo who pleaded for his readmission six years down the line.
In 2015, Kwabena Agyepong was the General Secretary of the NPP while Paul Afoko was The National Chairman, but a brutish campaign by Mr. Akufo-Addo for re-election as the Flagbearer of the party for the 2016 elections, cracked the party badly in what led to the chasing out of Kwabena Agyapong, Afoko and then-National Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe.
They were branded by Akufo Addo loyalists as supporters of Alan Kwadwo Kyeremnteng, the Candidate Akufo Addo’s arch-rival to the party’s presidential ticket that year.
It was out of the cumulative bile of the same brutish presidential primaries that the Upper East Regional Chairman of the party, Adam Mahama, was murdered with acid, leading to the arrest of Paul Afoko’s brother, Gregory Afoko, who remains under trial.
After the bitter experience, Mr. Paul Afoko has kept away from the NPP, at least publicly. But Kwabena Agyepong has grovelled back, helping with the Akufo-Addo campaign in 2020 and using every little media opportunity to speak for the party.
Three months ago, Kwabena Agyepong wrote to NEC, begging it to reconsider his suspension.