Two defeated parliamentary aspirants of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Korley Klottey constituency, Philip Addison and Nii Adjei Tawiah, have given the party’s National Executive Council (NEC), a seven day ultimatum to review their joint petition calling for the annulment and re-run of the primary.
The two have threatened to go to court if the NEC did not review their petition within the stated period.
The campaign manager for Philip Addison, Norman Nyametey Tetteh, who disclosed this in an interview at the weekend, said that the two candidates know the NEC has not met to deliberate and have given the committee enough time to do so.
“We are aware that the National Executive Committee has not met and we will have to give them enough time to meet to deliberate on the issue.”
He also said that the only way that the issue could be resolved was for the results of the primary to be nullified.
“This is the only way that the issue will be resolved. Philip Addison and Adjei Tawiah boycotted the election based on the way things were being organised, which they felt was not right. We will follow the processes that the party has put down for situations like thess,” he said.
The constitution of the New Patriotic Party provides that the NEC look into such cases within twenty one days after the petition is submitted.
Mr. Tetteh says that if the NEC does not act before the 21 days are up, “we will have to take the line of action, which the party may not want. At the appropriate time I know that the party will act on our petition.”
He added that Mr. Addison decided to take this particular course of action because he is being called on by delegates to do so.
“Delegates are trooping into his office and telling him that they want justice done because they had been deprived of their voting rights. Philip is somebody who can easily let it go, but you know he is somebody who wants justice.”
Mr. Tetteh has therefore called on Ghanaians to note that Mr. Addison and Nii Tawiah did not lose the parliamentary primaries they boycotted.
The New Patriotic Party would meet on Tuesday, August 25 to deliberate on the joint petition by Mr. Addison and Nii Tawiah.