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General News of Sunday, 22 April 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Disqualified NPP aspirant heads back to court after ‘illegal’ polls

The disqualified aspirant for the position of Volta Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), George Kofi Boateng has threatened to head back to court after the injunction he secured to stop the election was ignored.

The NPP went ahead with the polls in which the former Regional Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Makafui Kofi Woanyah, was elected the new chairman.

Mr. Boateng told Citi News he was unhappy with the election, which he called an “illegality”.

“I think that it is not proper for a group of persons who were ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction to halt a process but decided to flout the court order and go ahead with that process. I am not happy at all because I see it as a stab in the back of democracy.”

He added that he expected better of the NPP since it proclaimed to be “the apostles of democracy and the rule of law.”

Though the Volta NPP said it had not laid eyes on the injunction, Mr. Boateng maintained that “they were duly served. The party chairperson was served by the Hohoe Court bailiff. The proof of service is there to show.”

He recounted that after they were served with the injunction, the Party Regional Office was deserted.

Citi News checks at the time also showed no activity at the office, which was out of the ordinary.

“We monitored the office from 11 o’clock up to 5 o’clock, the close of day, and they were nowhere to be found. Even the security man at the office vanished. The whole office was closed down there was no single soul at the office from 11 to 5,” Mr. Boateng said.

The whole act is illegal and an illegality can never become legal… My next action is to go back to the court where, in whose bosom, lies justice,” he concluded.

Background

Mr. Boateng, a former Regional Secretary of the party, was disqualified alongside three other aspirants by the vetting committee chaired by Bob Charles Agbontor.

He thus filed an ex-parte motion in which he complained that he was unfairly disqualified from the contest.

The court presided over by Justice Eric Baah granted the injunction.

The plaintiff in an injunction argued that party’s regional and national hierarchy failed to respond to a petition he presented for over two weeks against his perceived unfair disqualification, prompting him to seek redress in court.