He said he suffered for the party and even went to jail as a result of his party-focused activities hence his displeasure over the development.
“As a man 28 years of being with the party, in good standing never committed any crime against the party, I have gone to prison for this party nobody ever called to ask me my brother how are you doing, that you went to prison in the interest of the party. Neither was I rewarded or given any job for me standing up for the party,” he told Johnnie Hughes on the Mid Day news on 3FM Wednesday March 24.
Stephen Atubiga, by a letter signed by General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has been suspended with immediate effect.
By the letter dated Tuesday, March 23, his matter has also been referred to the party’s Disciplinary Committee for further action. It comes on the heels of the expulsion of former Central Region Chairman Bernard Allotey Jacobs
Mr Atubiga, who came to the limelight as a result of his conviction by the Supreme Court during the 2013 election petition, is said to have vented disparaging and unfounded comments about some of the party’s key senior members including former flagbearer aspirant Professor Joshua Alabi.
Narrating what may have accounted for his suspension, he told Johnnie Hughes “Alabi’s issues wasn’t part of the agenda of my invitation It was after we have finished then surprisingly the national chairman Ofosu Amofo pulled that surprised on me that colleague Alabi called bitterly to complain that you said something about him that he is not happy.
“And I said chairman this could be discussed by the back door. But no problem I will find time personally and meet alibi and ask him what I said that he is not happy then I will apologise. If I knew that it was going to be official on the letter I would have asked that it be discussed lengthily or I would have said they should give me opportunity to explain. That didn’t happen I wasn’t given an opportunity to explain my story neither wasn’t told the exact words I said. I took it that that issue was going to be a gentleman’s agreement.
“So when the party served me a letter that it was one of the issues of my apology, I was really disappointment. I said since I would be sending a petition to the party about certain members holding office during the lections though whose actions and inactions made us to lose , I was supposed to add it to also petition the party saying I have not been treated fairly telling me to apologise.
“Alabi is not NDC Alabi is not bigger than me in the party Alabi is not a special member [more] than me Atubiga in the party Alabi does not hold any special qualities more than me Alabi has not been a long [serving member of] 28 more than me.
“Nowhere in the constitution does the party say that the party can interfere in the peoples personal issues only when it comes to the interest of the party. I have every right to criticize Alabi constructively for being the campaign manager of the party for not doing what he is supposed to do and failing us for the EC to rig the elections for our opponent. It is my right as a party member to it criticize Alabi not him personally his office to criticize the it person, the party leadership
“I am taking a stand that the party’s stance on Alabi, it is selective, it is unconstitutional, and my fundamental rights as member of the party is being taken from me, my freedom of speech of my party which stands for probity and accountability is also being ripped from me and that is where I have a problem.
“As a man 28 years of being with the party, in good standing never committed any crime against the party, I have gone to prison for this party nobody ever called to ask me my brother how are you doing, that you went to prison in the interest of the party. Neither was I rewarded or given any job for me standing up for the party.”