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Politics Tue, 23 Jul 2019

I’m hopeful NDC will address my petition - Masawudu Mubarick

An aspirant for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) primary of the Asawase Constituency in the Ashanti Region who was unable to file his nomination, Masawudu Mubarick, has expressed confidence that the structures of the party will be capable of dealing with his petition on his inability to file for nomination to contest the impending primaries of the party.

According to him, he was of the belief that a determination would be made of his case and that the issue would not need to travel beyond the remit of the party structures.

However, if that should fail, he indicated that he would not hesitate to seek redress in a court of law.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, he said: “I want to believe that we all in the interest of the party, will want to avoid any settlement out of the party channels.

In the event that the party is not able to resolve it, I will seek to proceed further to seek redress. If the party does not resolve it, I will exercise my right as a citizen of this country.”

Party structures

Explaining further, he said he had tried to use the structure of the party that required that if one had a challenge at one level, “you move to the next level in the party hierarchy to submit your forms and so when I was blocked from submitting at the constituency office, and obviously at the regional office, I proceeded to the national headquarters before 5p.m.

last Friday which was the last day for filing.” However, when he got there, he said, most of the national officers were not in the office.

“I saw Godwin Arko Gunn and Barbara Asamoah and Barbara indicated that she was not able to pick my forms because she does not have directives from her superiors to do so,” he recounted.

His thinking, he said, was that he would submit the forms to a party administrator “but what I gathered was that when they heard that I had come to the office, he left the building so I was not able to submit it.”

Petition

He said three days before then, on Wednesday, July 17, he had submitted a petition to the national officers registering his displeasure, adding that his lawyer was also working on getting in touch with the party hierarchy to register his displeasure with the treatment so far regarding picking of nomination forms and filing.

His second issue will be to call on the national office to intervene and “the subsequent actions I intend to take if I do not get redress by the party,” he maintained.

So what he will do, he pointed out, would depend largely on the party leaders and his followers.

“If my followers or the grassroots believe that I should pursue the issue further at the end of the day, I will do whatever the grounds ask me to do because we are fighting this battle together but at the end of the day, justice must be served and we are bent on achieving that so that we can secure and safeguard the seat for 2020,” he intimated.

He said there had been attempts to use people close to him to get him to back down for his opponent to go unopposed but that “no one has been able to approach me personally. There have been pockets of offers but none has come to me directly.”

Difficult to understand

He described the situation as “a delicate and a complex one to understand,” saying he had been facing series of resistance at every level in the constituency processes from the branch level “but I have been able to survive till date and I am really bent on ensuring that I do not fail the teeming youth who are working day and night to make sure that the lot of the party improves. I will be letting them down if I let this go down the drain.”An aspirant for the National

Democratic Congress (NDC) primary of the Asawase Constituency in the Ashanti Region who was unable to file his nomination, Masawudu Mubarick, has expressed confidence that the structures of the party will be capable of dealing with his petition on his inability to file for nomination to contest the impending primaries of the party.

According to him, he was of the belief that a determination would be made of his case and that the issue would not need to travel beyond the remit of the party structures.

However, if that should fail, he indicated that he would not hesitate to seek redress in a court of law.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, he said: “I want to believe that we all in the interest of the party, will want to avoid any settlement out of the party channels.

In the event that the party is not able to resolve it, I will seek to proceed further to seek redress. If the party does not resolve it, I will exercise my right as a citizen of this country.”

Source: Graphic.com.gh
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