Suspended 2nd Vice Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Crabbe, has revealed that the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, has an axe to grind with him for supporting Sarah Adjoa Safo to win the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) primaries in the Dome Kwabenya Constituency and subsequently to become the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.
During the NPP’s primaries in 2011 ahead of the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections, Ms Safo beat the son of the current Speaker, Mike Oquaye Jnr and subsequently won the elections to become the MP for the area.
Mr Crabbe has said he played an instrumental role in ensuring Ms Safo’s victory in the primaries and the elections and that has created a bad blood between himself and Professor Oquaye.
Mr Crabbe speaking with Moro Awudu on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class 91.3FM on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 said he is not perturbed with the development following his conviction that he has been able to help Ms Safo succeed in her political ambitions.
He said: “Now Ghana celebrates Adwoa Safo and I doff off my hat for her, she has done so well. If Sammy Crabbe had not stood his ground for her, we wouldn’t be seeing this today. Up to now, the Speaker of Parliament, Mike Oquaye, is not on good terms with me because of Adwoa Safo but I don’t care because I can sit down and say that I saw potential, I stood my ground and I created the space.”
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NPP suspended Mr Crabbe indefinitely alongside then-General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong and then-Chairman Paul Afoko, for, among other things, making utterances that were injurious to the chances of the then-opposition party’s presidential candidate at the time, Nana Akufo-Addo.
He sued the party in court over his suspension; however, the Accra High Court dismissed the suit.