Politics of 2014-04-07

Richard Nyamah threatens court action against NPP confab

An aspiring National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Richard Nyamah has threatened to seek court injunction on the party’s upcoming delegates’ conference slated for Tamale on April 12, 2014.

He said the decision stemmed from the party’s proposal to disallow candidates from addressing delegates on the conference grounds ahead of voting.

“The decision by the elections committee not to allow us the contestants to address the delegates in Tamale is totally unacceptable and unconstitutional and if the party insists on going ahead, I may consider the option of placing an injunction on the elections,” he explained.

He added “the party has always allowed contestants to sell their messages to delegates even if it is for a minute; it has never happened not with my knowledge that a national delegates conference has been held without addresses by candidates; the explanation of time constraints does not wash and time will have to be made available by any means necessary.”

“I therefore call on the election committee to rescind its decision not to allow us to address the delegates because I have only my ideas and confidence to sell to the delegates and not money; failure to do so, I will proceed to court to place an injunction on the elections or lead a demonstration in Tamale in protest.”

Mr. Nyamah told Citi News, a revolution was needed to bring justice to the party ahead of the 2016 general elections saying, “we cannot be seeking justice at the Supreme Court and fail to seek justice within our party.”

He also called on the delegates to boycott the event if they would not be allowed to have the aspirants convince them to make informed choices on the day of voting.

“I call on all delegates to refuse to be part of the process where they won’t be allowed to know who they vote for; the NPP was built on the sweat and blood of our forefathers who sacrificed their lives for the party.”

Richard Nyamah further challenged the NPP leadership to make a definite statement on the destiny of the five NPP youth activists who were incarcerated by a Tamale High Court.

“I wish to request as a matter of urgency an immediate statement from the party leadership before the conference to address the fate of NPP youth in the northern region who have either been incarcerated or killed as in Yahuza Yakubu, Abibu Dagbana, Majeed Alhassan, Alhassan Sayibu and Imoro Gundaanaa and just recently Abdul Naziru of Kanadaha.”

According to him, the NPP could not afford to stay in opposition beyond 2016 but that only competent and fearful leaders could wrestle power from the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“The NPP needs to have its glorious days of sacrifice back; we are in opposition and money should not be our motivation, but rather winning power; Ghanaians will not forgive us next time if we fail to win the elections and we will not win if we spend our huge resources outdoing each other in the internal contest which leaves the vanquished bitter and outdone and cheated.”

He warned that “this will not bring unity, and if there is no unity, there can’t be victory.”