The People’s Liberation Party (PLP) has taken a final decision on the fate of its former Chairman, Wilmot Paye, Henry Sackie, former Vice Chair for Political Affairs and Kansualism Kansuah, Secretary General, former Youth leader Carlos Edison Tingban, Peddi Ross and Reuben Washington by expelling them from the fold of the party for what was described as gross violations of the party’s norms, Code of Values and Ethics of the party
According to a release from PLP, the decision to expel the former three executive members of the Party was unanimously taken by the General Policy Commission, the highest decision making body of the party comprising the Political Leader, all Vice Chairpersons, Secretary, Women and Youth Chairpersons, and Treasurer, which had earlier dismissed them for various reasons ranging from fraud, acts of undermining and poor performances and unilaterally violating the constitutional rights of other members of the party.
In his expulsion letter dated September 20, 2021 and signed by the Acting National Organizing Chairman of PLP, copy of which was served in the Analyst Newspaper, the party said Paye, despite his dismissal from his position, continued to demonstrate gross violation of the party’s norms and as such his membership was terminated.
“Please be advised that it has been brought to the attention of the Organizing Committee following your recent dismissal on August 16, 2021 as previous Chairman of the People’s Liberation Party (PLP) for direct violation of the People’s Liberation Party’s (PLP) Norms, Code Values and Ethics, not only have you misrepresented yourself in the public as chairman of the PLP, but you have also engaged in fabrication of stories against the PLP, it’s Vision Bearer/Political Leader and Leadership, which once again clearly demonstrates your gross violation of the PLP’s Norms, Code Values and Ethics”, the letter said.
The letter continued: “In view of the recent waves of gross violations of the PLP’s Norms, Code Values and Ethics, the Organizing Committee (OC) of the People’s Liberation Party (PLP) do hereby expel your membership from the PLP as of the above-mentioned date”.
It can be recalled after their dismissal, Paye and his colleagues approached the National Elections Commission for a redress that will reverse their dismissal by the leadership of the PLP but their expectation were rejected by the electoral umpire on the grounds that their positions were not legal since they were never elected through the proper channel such as through the national convention.
NEC made the position known in a communication sent to the Acting Organizing Chairman of the party Tapple E. Doe when she pointed out that the positions previously occupied by Paye and others had no legal backing because the party had not held any convention to elect its officials.
The commission maintained that both parties at the conference were also referred to Chapter II, Section 2.9 of the Regulations and Guidelines Relating to Political Parties and Independent Candidates which states that: “once accredited, the leadership of the organizing committee of every newly accredited political party shall be required to take the party to convention not later than six months following the its accreditation to, among things adopt the party’s constitution and elect its corps of officers”.
Assuming that the PLP had met the requirement of holding its convention and adopting its by-laws, the statement pointed out that, the NEC could have referred the party to Chapter III, Section 3.3 “Handling of Disputes in Political Parties” of the Regulations and Guidelines Relating to Political Parties and Independent Candidates which provides that” a member must first file his/her complaint with the party”.
As of the time of going to the press, none of the expelled politicians had made any statement regarding the latest development that might have sealed their political future with the PLP.