Ablekuma North NPP calls for truce

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Politics
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Unresolved dispute in the Ablekuma North Constituency of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has angered some aggrieved members to give four days ultimatum to the party hierarchy, or they will go to the court as the last resort.

Ransford George Mensah addressing the media.

The disenfranchised NPP fateful made this observation on Friday, when they interacted with some group of journalists over unresolved issues facing the Ablekuma North NPP constituency.


Their plea comes at the behest of the NPP Presidential candidate for election 2012, Nana Akuffo-Addo, after he cautioned the party faithful about internal wranglings in the party, a situation he said cost the NPP dearly in the 2008 general elections.

The group, sounding bitter, allegedly accused their Member of Parliament (MP), Justice Joe Appiah and the Greater Accra Regional NPP Chairman, Ishmael Ashitey for their predicament in the constituency.

“The MP and the Regional Chairman have condoned and connived to work against the majority in this constituency. Their actions are hypocritical, unacceptable and against the rules and regulations of our great party,” bemoaned Ransford George Mensah, former Secretary to the Ablekuma North NPP.

Internal electoral dispute plunged the Ablekuma North NPP into turmoil, prior to the general elections in 2008. The MP, among many others, took the party to court to seek the nullification of the election of seventy polling station executives, but lost.

“The High Court ruled against the MP and his group, and gave a verdict that the seventy polling station executive elections conducted by the five constituency executive members, including the chairman, are authentic and that the two constituency executives supporting the MP shall conduct elections at the twenty four stations left, supervised by the Regional Coordinator (Miss Olive Quartey), and add them to the seventy polling stations for the new constituency executives elections,” said Mensah.

However, the MP, according to the aggrieved group, allegedly placed an injunction on the election, after the Greater Accra Regional Executives, following the High Court ruling, had called for filling of nominations at the cost of fifty Ghana Cedis each by the candidates.
They allegedly accused Mr. Ashitey of being unconcerned about the “insolent behavior of the MP”.

According to the aggrieved members, Mr. Ashitey, in spite of all the proposals made by the party hierarchy to settle the dispute amicably, by-passed them and “danced to the same tune with the MP.”

They allegedly accused Mr. Ashitey of ordering the MP and his two executives to compile lists for forty-seven polling stations, without the knowledge of the constituency executives, adding “these lists of people have no nomination forms”.

Mr. Ashitey was again accused of nicodemously conducting constituency executive elections with the compiled list of people for the forty-seven polling stations by Mr. Appiah, without prior notice to the constituency executives and candidates who filed earlier on.

That notwithstanding, the aggrieved members accused Mr. Ashitey of encouraging some members of the party, who sent it to court to contest for the constituency executive positions, having initially disqualified Mr. Samuel Martey of Ablekuma North and Mr. Amoah-Ewuah of Ablekuma Central, for instituting court action against the party.

In view of the above allegations, the aggrieved members appealed to the National Executives, Council of Elders and the Presidential candidate to bring their expertise to save the situation.
They also called for the immediate removal of Mr. Ashitey from office, since he has “proven incompetent, ineffective and cannot handle the region.”

Mr. Appiah and Mr. Ashitey have both denied the allegations leveled against them on different platforms.

  1. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!


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