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Politics of Monday, 29 February 2016

Source: Myjoyonline.com

I'm in politics because I've realised Ghana is in a sinking boat – Addison

Newly elected NPP Parliamentary candidate for Klottey Korle Phillip Addison has said he decided to join politics in order to help save Ghana from further destruction.

He said, just as any other Ghanaian, can no longer sit on the fence and watch.
“I took this decision in February last year. Things are really getting bad in this country and it is like you’re sitting in a boat and the boat is gathering water and you’ve folded your arms.

“We are all going to get drowned so it is about time those of us sitting on the fence actually stepped forward to be counted,” he said on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Monday.

Mr Addison was elected parliamentary candidate for the New Patriotic Party in the Klottey Korley constituency last Saturday.

In a hotly contested election, Addison polled 396 out of 765 votes cast to beat his closest contender Nii Noi Nortey who polled 367.

Eyeing A-G’s Department?

Mr Addison also denied reports that his reason for contesting the parliamentary slot on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a strategic move to guarantee an appointment as Attorney General in case his party wins power.

He said those were not his reasons at all. His biggest priority is bringing relief to his constituents through the creation of jobs.

He also intends to put in place measures to solve the perennial flooding and sanitation problems in the constituency.

“I don’t have my eyes on the AG’s Office, I think the prerogative is that of the president,” he said, adding “what I have been hearing is that I do not need to go to parliament because I am assured of an appointment.”

Nii Noi Nortey not signing EC’s declaration forms

Reports emerged after Addison was declared winner that Nii Noi Nortey stormed out of the election grounds without signing the Electoral Commission’s declaration forms.

Addison said he was surprised at reports that his opponent refused to sign the EC’s declaration forms because he lost.

“As the victor, I did not sign the declaration forms so I don’t know why people are saying that there was a requirement that Nii Noi should sign the forms. There is no such requirement."

He said his reason for causing the annulment of the initial election was the date that was chosen and the fact that more than half of the delegates in the constituency did not get the chance to vote.

Mr Addison said he is certain of victory for the NPP because "we have put our house in order and we stand a chance."

He said he is ready and fully prepared to face the National Democratic Congress’ Dr. Zanetor Rawlings and that “I am in this to win and I believe God is on my side so victory will be on my side.”

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