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General News of Wednesday, 30 July 2003

Source: GNA

Court to Rule On Ho Central NPP case

Ho, July 30, GNA - A Ho High Court presided over by Mr Justice Paul Gyeasayor would on Thursday July 31 give its ruling in the leadership tussle between two factions of the Ho Central Constituency branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

This followed the inability of Mr Patrick Agbenorwosi, a founding member of the Party in the Region to settle the dispute out of court. Mr Agbenorwosi told the court on Wednesday that the plaintiffs led by Mr Seth Anyadi failed to co-operate with him, hence his inability to settle the matter amicably between the two factions.

Mr Justice Gyaesayor said he would definitely give his ruling on the matter on Thursday "whether rain or shine".

He warned the factions to restrain their supporters from any violence saying, " anybody who would fight would be sent to prison when brought before us".

Following an alleged vote of no confidence passed in the old constituency executive led by Mr Vance Seshie Toblu, an election was conducted at a delegates' congress on April 12 under the supervision of the Electoral Commission at which a new nine-member executive led by Mr Anyadi was elected.

The election failed to win the approval of some members of the Regional Executive of the party with the exception of Mr Kwame Atta, then the Regional Secretary, who swore them into office.

Subsequently on May 31 another constituency delegates' congress was held under the auspices of the Regional Executive and another nine-member executive led by Mr Torblu was elected.

Following that second election Mr Anyadi's group of executives went to court to seek a declaration nullifying the position of the Torblu-led Executives.

In the course of the litigation Mr Agbenorwosi applied for an out-of-Court settlement that was granted on July 21.