General News of Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Source: The Enquirer Newspaper

Nduom disowns Nana Addo; I don’t support election petition

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) says it is not least enthused about plans intended to draw the founder of the party, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, into the New Patriotic Party (NPP) court case over the results of the 2012 presidential polls.

Widely circulated media reports have it that Dr Nduom has added his voice to the claim by the NPP that the December 7 presidential election was fraught with irregularities for which reason he has given the NPP thumbs-up for proceeding to court.

However, Mr Kofi Asamoah-Siaw, General Secretary of the NPP, has stated emphatically that the NPP are alone in the legal battle.

In a statement issued in Accra yesterday, Mr Asamoah-Siaw said that Dr Nduom will not be drawn into the court case.

He said, “The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) wishes to ask the general public to ignore the story put out today by the New Crusading Guide. The story on “…Nduom supports NPP’s petition” is wrong and only calculated to draw Dr Nduom into the NPP court case.”

The statement further indicated that Dr Nduom has not given his tacit support to the NPP, particularly as he “supports the PPP position which is that the party is not happy with the conduct of the 2012 election and advocates for electoral reforms to prevent the problems experienced in 2012 not to re-occur.”

Mr Asamoah-Siaw indicated: “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state that Dr Nduom has been out of Ghana since 22nd December 2012 and has since not granted an interview to any media person or journalist”.

NPP lawyers on December 28 last year filed a petition at the Supreme Court, giving meaning to the party’s declaration it would seek the nullification of the results which saw incumbent President John Mahama and his governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) retain power.

The party contends the President secured the win through fraud thus rejecting the results, claiming the elections were rigged in favour of President Mahama and indicated its resolve to challenge the results at the Supreme Court.