NDC MP drags party to court

emmaThe eagerly anticipated national delegates’ congress of the ruling National Democratic Congress slated for Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital on Saturday, December 20, remains in a fix.

This follows the decision of an aspirant, Emmanuel Aboagye Didieye to seek an injunction at an Accra High Court restraining the event.

Mr. Didieye, an aspirant for the national organiser position has already filed paper at the court, praying it to place the injunction and the party hierarchy has been accordingly served with the writ of summons.

Mr. Didieye, who is also the Member of Parliament for Afram Plains North claimed in his court papers that he was unfairly disqualified by the NDC’s Vetting Committee.

He further accused the committee of acting unconstitutionally in disqualifying him, although the Committee is saying he voluntarily withdrew from the race.

When contacted the Director of Communications of the NDC, James Asante confirmed that the party has indeed received a writ of summons and forwarded it to its lawyers for advice.

Mr. Didieye should have contested the national organiser position with Kofi Adams and Yaw Boateng Gyan, the incumbent.

The party’s national delegates congress has been postponed on several occasions due to litigations at the law courts.

Famous amongst them, was the Linus Njonolah case which was heard at a Kumasi High Court, where the presiding judge cautioned that his ruling was bound to split the ranks of the NDC.

Mr. Njonolah took the party to court over a clause in election guidelines which sought to unfairly disqualify some of the aspirants.

This included a clause which stated that: “Before any member of the NDC contests the regional election, he or she must have held a position at the lower level of the party or government.”

Eventually, the party hierarchy expunged the controversial clause from the guidelines, leading to an out-of-court settlement, thus paving for regional elections to be held.

Some political pundits fear the current legal waggling embarked up by Mr. Didieye could create a national leadership vacuum if elections were not held before the end of the year.

The tenure of office of the incumbent national executives expires on December 31, this year.

By Ian Motey

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