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General News of Sunday, 22 April 2018

Source: citifmonline.com

Newly-elected Upper East Chairman threatens to sue opponents

The newly-elected Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Anthony Namoo, has threatened to sue some of his opponents in the just ended regional conference held in Bolgatanga for what he describes as defamatory statements made against him during his campaign.

Mr. Namoo, who is a legal practitioner, however, failed to mention the names of those he intends to take legal action against.

He indicated that his image as a lawyer has been dented by these defamatory comments, adding that he will only consider rescinding his decision after the comments are retracted and an apology is offered by the alleged offenders.

“Never in the history of this party in the region have so many made so many defaming allegations against so many candidates in the contest of this election. But the result shows that the truth will always stand, as the motto of Commonwealth says. I am sure the people would know, next time around, that it doesn’t pay to go on the negative against a party member,” he said.

“Some of the statements are so defamatory that I, as a lawyer, based on the attack on my professional integrity, would have no choice but to get my lawyer to write a letter to some of them for retraction and if possible a court action. Otherwise, my ‘respect’ as a lawyer is under threat because of some of the defamatory statements that were made.”

Anthony Namoo polled 124 votes out of 303, beating the incumbent Chairman, Mohammed Murtala Ibrahim, by 73 votes.

The regional conference held at GNAT conference hall in Bolgatanga sought to elect new regional executives following the end of the tenure of office of the previous executives.

In all, 303 delegates cast their votes, choosing between 51 candidates aspiring for 10 executive positions.