Politics Sat, 30 Jan 2016

Election 2016: CPP picks flagbearer today

Ghana’s oldest political party the Convention People’s Party (CPP) goes to congress today to elect a flagbearer for the 2016 presidential elections.

The party’s former chairperson Samia Nkrumah has been tipped as favourite by political watchers, but she is facing a stiff competition from former General Secretary Ivor Greenstreet.

Two other candidates are also eyeing the slot - Mr Bright Akwetey, a lawyer and Mr Joseph Agyepong, a party stalwart in the diaspora and a businessman.

Over 2,500 delegates will be casting their votes at the congress which is scheduled to take place at the International Trade Fair Centre in Accra.

The party’s national chairman Prof. Edmund Delle has allayed fears that there is an injunction on the congress following threat by a disqualified presidential aspirant hopeful Onsy Nkrumah to go to court to halt the process.

Onsy who claims to be the son of Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was disqualified after he presented a cheque instead of a banker’s draft for his filing fee.

In his statement of claim, the controversial politician asked the court to order the party to reinstate him in the race.

“The plaintiff was manhandled and was only lucky that some good Samaritans were around to whisk him away from the hands from the hands of the [CPP] who had planned to block his attempt at filling his nominations forms.

“The plaintiff says he has made several attempts to file his nomination but either the defendant had caused thugs to block him at the entrance to the party offices or there had been no one at the party office to receive his nomination,” the writ said.

Source: Starrfmonline.com