General News of 2014-04-11

Akufo-Addo will not address conference – NPP

The elections committee of the New Patriotic Party has refuted rumours suggesting the party’s 2012 presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo is scheduled to address delegates at Saturday’s conference.

About 5,000 delegates would be voting in Tamale to elect national executives whose mandate will be primarily to snatch power from the governing National Democratic Congress in the 2016 general elections.

Even though aspirants for the various positions would not be allowed to have a last minute pitches to delegates, it had been suggested that Nana Akufo-Addo, who has declared his intention to lead the party for a third time would be given the opportunity to talk to delegates.

But Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, Director of the NPP's National Elections Committee, told Joy News Nana Akufo-Addo would not be given the platform to address delegates.

“Nana Akufo-Addo is not slated to address delegates,” he told Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey on Friday, adding that Akufo-Addo is himself a delegate who is expected to vote on Saturday.

The national delegates’ conference has been divided into two parts. Mr Mensah Korsah explained that the first part would be dedicated to stock taking; where the leaders of the party will account for their stewardship.

Immediately after that, delegates would form regional queues to vote for their preferred candidates, he said.

He maintained that all was set for tomorrow’s conference.

Deputy Commissioner at the Electoral Commission, Amidu Sulley told Joy News all regions would vote simultaneously.

He said even though 177 applied as proxy voters, the party after vetting their applications has whittled the number down to 131.

Meanwhile, the police in Tamale say they have reinforced security at Aboabo, a suburb of Tamale where nine supporters of the New Patriotic Party were shot last night by unidentified persons.

The nine sustained gunshot wounds when they were attacked at a gathering which formed part of activities preceding the NPP’s national conference tomorrow. Two of the injured are said to be in critical condition and are receiving treatment at the emergency unit of the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

One has undergone surgery, and both are in stable condition responding to treatment, Martina Bugri of Radio Justice who visited them at the hospital told Joy News.

John Kudalor, Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, has assured delegates of adequate security.

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