Two NPP Members Drag Party To Court

TWO card-bearing members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), are seeking a court injunction on the party’s National Delegates’ Conference next month to select a presidential candidate.

The plaintiffs, Rexford Agyei Frimpong and Opong Kyekyeku, say the October 18 date is a violation of the party’s constitution, adding that the date favours Nana Akufo-Addo, the lead contender in the race.

This suit comes shortly after Alan Kyerematen and Addai Nimoh, made calls for a review of the date for the elections to elect a flagbearer to lead the party in the 2016 general elections.

A former Health Minister, Richard Anane, who is a strong supporter of Alan, first raised issues with the date at a platform to endorse Mr. Kyerematen’s candidature at Abeka Lapaz in Accra.

Mr. Addai-Nimoh intimated that “We have only 48 days remaining for the main election to be conducted, and we think that the period is inadequate for over 141,000 delegates to be interacted with by the aspirants, in the 275 constituencies nationwide.”

According to him, the time frame makes him incapable of running an effective campaign to convince delegates, insisting it is not practicable for the aspirants to get their messages to the delegates within the time allowed for campaign.

Sources close to the party headquarters claim the two persons have petitioned the party’s highest decision-making body, the National Council.

After what was a stroll through the park for Nana Akufo-Addo, on August 31 to trim the number of aspirants from seven to five, two other candidates opted out.

Former Attorney-General Joe Ghartey and Osei Ameyaw dropped from the race to support Akufo-Addo, who polled over 80% of the votes at the Special Delegates’ Conference.

The two remaining candidates besides Nana Akufo-Addo have been prevailed upon to step down too, and allow Mr. Akufo-Addo to be acclaimed the NPP’s candidate.

They have both rejected the calls and are indeed demanding more time to strengthen their campaigns. They faulted the party’s leadership for scheduling the final election process so close to the Super Delegates’ Conference.

Spokesperson for Mr. Kyerematen, Nana Ohene Ntow stated earlier that some disgruntled party supporters believing that a level playing field is not being created for all the aspirants, may go to court.

True to his prediction, two persons have brought an action in court seeking to injunct the congress.

First Vice-Chairman of the party, and a member of the NEC, Freddie Blay, however says as far he is aware, the October 18 date was set in the presence of representatives of the two aspirants who are now complaining.

He declined to comment on the suit seeking an injunction on the National Delegates Conference, but said the party will respond to the action in court.

A leading member of the party, Samuel Atta Akyea said, Alan Kyerematen and Addai Nimoh should back down from their push for a change of date for the National Delegates Conference.

“They mght be punished by the delegates for that”, he said.

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