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The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has quashed a decision by the party’s branch in the Central Region to suspend its Regional Communication Officer accused of defilement.

Mr. Kwesi Dawood was suspended by the party’s Regional Executive Committee on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, after he was accused of defiling his daughter and also causing her to abort a pregnancy.

According to the NDC’s FEC, although it does not condone crime, it believes the manner in which Mr. Dawood’s suspension was decided on violates the party’s constitution, hence the action.

“The Functional Executive Committee of the party, at its meeting held today, 13th October 2021 took the view that the suspension of Mr. 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, the rules of natural justice and Article 46(1)(a)(c)(d) of the NDC Constitution.”

“…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 the 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,” a statement signed by the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, explained.

Dawood charged

Mr. Dawood was arrested by police in the Central Region and charged with abetment of crime, to wit illegal abortion.

He was granted a GH¢ 30,000 bail with two sureties on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

He is to reappear in court on October 27, 2021.

According to the prosecutor, ASP Daniel Gadzo Mensah, Kwesi Dawood, who is the biological father of the victim allegedly had sex with her and impregnated her.

Kwesi Dawood, together with a medical doctor, allegedly aborted the pregnancy.

The first and second accused being the doctor and Kwesi Dawood were subsequently arrested and charged for illegal abortion and abetment respectively.

Kwesi Dawood however pleaded not guilty to the charge proffered against him.

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