The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has quashed a decision by the Central Regional branch of the party to suspend its embattled Communication Officer, Kwesi Dawood over allegations of incest.
The party took this decision on Wednesday, October 13 after a meeting was held over the matter which has gained a wide media attention.
According to the functional executive of the party, the suspension of the party’s Central Regional Communications officer, Kwesi Dawood is not only prejudicial to the matter pending in Court, but that same violates the rights of a criminally accused person to a fair trial and the rules of natural justice.
The press statement released by FEC further indicated that “only the Functional Executive Committee at the national level of the party has the power to suspend an office holder of the party at the regional level.”
“Consequently, FEC has quashed the purported suspension of Central Regional Communication Officer, Mr. Kwesi Dawood by the Central Regional Executive Committee of the party, as same is wrongful and without regard for due process,” portions of the statement read.
However, the party indicated that they do not and will not condone crime of any form. Neither will we judge an accused person unheard nor presume him guilty until proven innocent. Thus, the Functional Executive Committee will abide by the decision of the Court hearing the matter on the guilt or innocence of the accused person, before they decide on whether or not he should be subjected to disciplinary proceedings of the party.
The Central Regional branch of the main opposition party suspended him for alleged misconduct. Mr Dawood has been accused of alleged incest with his biological daughter. The act resulted in a pregnancy that was aborted.
Mr Kojo Quansah, the Regional Secretary of the NDC, confirmed the suspension in an interview with the media in Assin-Fosu on Monday October 11.
He said Mr Dawood’s suspension was in line with the Party’s Constitutional provisions on misconduct and anti-party behaviour.
“Now, we want to put it on record that Mr Dawood is suspended as the Regional Communications Officer until further notice,” he said and noted that the NDC could not pretend to be unconcerned about the incident.
But a statement issued by the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) and signed by the General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia said , “has taken note of reports in the media that the Central Regional Communication Officer, Mr. Kwesi Dawood has been suspended by the Central Regional Executive Committee of the party over some allegations that are pending before a Court of Competent Jurisdiction.