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Politics of Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Challenge primary results and you’re sacked – Coker

Greater Accra NDC Chairman, Nii Ade Coker Greater Accra NDC Chairman, Nii Ade Coker

Any defeated parliamentary aspirant who challenges results of the primaries should consider himself dismissed.

That is the warning from the Greater Accra Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr Ade Coker.

“Anybody who goes to court should count himself or herself out of the NDC,” Mr Coker told Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo on Class FM on Saturday.

He said the elections were over and asked the defeated contestants to stretch out the olive branch to the other parties and present a united front for the national elections next year.

There was stiff competition in some of the constituencies, especially Ningo-Prampram, where young politician Samuel George Nartey beat his former mentor and veteran incumbent E.T Mensah in a fiercely-contested and violence-riddled electioneering. The two have been bitter rivals both before and during the elections.

There were also isolated troubles in areas like Upper Manya in the Eastern Region, and Suame in the Ashanti Region, where supporters of some aspirants challenged the electoral process and raised issues with the results.

Already some of the losers are hinting at going to court to challenge the results. One of such losers is incumbent MP for Afram Plains North, Emmanuel Aboagye Didieye.

Another aspirant, Francis-Xavier Sosu, who lost to incumbent Amadu Sorogho, had earlier intended challenging the results in court, but later had a change of mind.

Mr Coker stated that the party would not entertain any defeated aspirant even if they produced credible evidence as testament of their claims.

“…The elections are over, done, and finished. Whether you have credible evidence or not the elections are over. They’ve been free and fair. If you had won you wouldn’t have gone to court,” he said.

The former GFA Vice-Chairman also said the party’s fortunes will not be affected by individuals wishing to contest the 2016 parliamentary elections as independent candidates.

“Even if you go independent we will win. It will take you nowhere. Anybody who goes independent is going nowhere. We will win the seats,” Mr Coker affirmed.