NPP case on 3 constituencies adjourned

Mr Kwabena Adjapong,General Secretary,NPPThe Accra High Court has adjourned hearing of the case on the legality of conducting New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary primaries in three constituencies in the Ashanti Region.

The plaintiffs Kwame Owusu Ansah, Sarpong Kumankuma and Anthony Gyamfi Ameyaw are asking the court to declare as illegal, a statement by the NPP General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, asking interested persons to obtain forms as part of nationwide parliamentary primaries.

The General Secretary’s March 23, 2015 announcement, they believed, disregarded a yet-to-be-obeyed High Court ruling on Juaben, Kumawu and Manhyia constituencies.

The plaintiffs who initiated the case on  of March 28, 2014, had obtained a ruling last year that an election to choose constituency executives was illegal.

A high court injunction meant that the three constituencies were not allowed to participate in the party’s delegates’ congress in Tamale in April, this year.

The court on August 29, 2014, also ordered a re-run of elections in the affected areas, but this has not been done.

The plaintiffs are now back in court after the party failed to adhere to an amicable agreement the two parties reached resulting in a consent judgment in August 2014.

The adjournment of the case on Monday at the Cocoa Affairs Court in Accra has been met with frustration by some party members.

“Enough is enough,” a party member fumed, urging an end to the litigation. He said NPP members in the affected constituencies were ‘tired’ of the dispute.

Another supporter asked that the NPP flagbearer for Election 2016, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, intervene in the matter to avoid the scuttling of the party’s chances in the 2016 general election.

Lawyers for both the applicants and respondents informed the High court that they intended to settle the matter out of court.

According to lawyer for the NPP, Yoni Kulendi, the dispute was between “family” members and should be resolved out of court.

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