Politics Fri, 18 Nov 2011

NPP to settle Okaikoi South's fracas out of court

The leadership of the New Patriotic Party has said it will prefer an out of court settlement of a case filed by some aggrieved party members in the Okaikoi South constituency.

The case is in relation to the endorsement of Ahmed Arthur as the NPP parliamentary nominee for the constituency.

The plaintiffs in the case are three polling station chairmen namely Mark Osapa Yawson, Joseph Amasa Ashie and John Hayford Woode.

They are unhappy with the party leadership's recognition of Mr. Arthur as winner of the April 30 primary, which had another NPP stalwart, Vicky Bright contesting.

Apart from the NPP as an entity, the plaintiffs have also cited the party's National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, General Secretary Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie and Ahmed Arthur as the defendants.


The plaintiffs averred Arthur’s credentials for the primaries were questionable hence the decision of the National Council to declare him winner of the polls is wrong.

Mr. Afriyie told Citi News there are available means to get the concerns of the plaintiffs addressed.

“The highest body of our party declared that Ahmed Arthur be allowed to stay and so in that respect those persons may not have followed religiously the rules of our party and the rules of engagement,” he said.

“What we need to do is to engage them and, try as much as possible for them to understand the processes and I am sure once their way is clear and they understand the processes, the writ would be withdrawn.

“I have every hope that those persons who went to court may not have understood the process which is why. ”

Source: citifmonline