General News of 2014-07-25

NPP Primaries in limbo; party sued

The impending New Patriotic Party's national delegates congress to elect a new flagbearer has been thrown into limbo following a suit filed against the party and its chairman.

David Hoezame, a card bearing member of the party is seeking three reliefs including a restraining order to stop the party from going ahead with the vetting of seven aspirants vying to lead the party in 2016.

The member, had only last month, gone to court to protest the regional elections conducted by the party, elections which he said were hurriedly organised.

He has now amended his writ and is asking the court to restrain the party from proceeding with the Special Delegate's Congress that will prune the seven candidates to five, if all of them were to sail through the vetting process.

The former Chairman of the Central Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region is also asking the court to restrain the party from organising the presidential primaries slated for October 18, 2014.

His plea is that the composition of a new National Council of the party to superintend the vetting, Special Delegates Congress and party's primaries were wrongly constituted and illegal.

In a 28 point affidavits filed by lawyers of Hoezame, a copy of which has been intercepted by Joy News, the plaintiff insists that on 16 July, 2014 the illegally constituted National Council further violated the party's constitution by scheduling 18th October, 2014 as the date for the election of the party's presidential candidates.

"The behavior of the defendants has put the entire New Patriotic Party into disarray.

"If the Status quo is not restored within the New Patriotic Party, the party will disintegrate and the Republic of Ghana may suffer for want of a viable alternative to the ruling party towards national development.

"If that happens, I will not have done my duty as a member of the New Patriotic Party..." the affidavits held.

Having concluded the vetting of the presidential aspirants it remains to be seen what the plaintiff will ask for in respect restraining order on the vetting process.

The case will be heard on Tuesday, August 12.