The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Asiedu Nketiah says the leadership of the party has not called off its primaries set for Saturday, May 13 because it is not sure what the outcome of the court proceedings on a lawsuit filed against the party will be.
Mr. Nketiah insisted that party leadership has done nothing wrong in preparation for its primaries as alleged.
“We have not called off the election yet because we don’t what the outcome of the court will be. Things are where they are.
“We are assuring them that party leadership has done nothing wrong. We have tried as much as possible to abide faithfully by the guidelines we issued to conduct the election,” he said in on TV3’s Ghana Tonight.
The Chairman added that the party will make a decision based on the direction of the court.
Internal politics within the NDC might cost the party its primaries this Saturday as a flagbearer hopeful has filed a lawsuit against the party over alleged issues of a bloated register and late provision of photo album register.
Dr. Kwabena Duffuor on May 09 sued the party and some leaders as he believes preparations towards their primaries have been fraught with some irregularities that could mar the event.
In response to the allegations, the Director of legal affairs of the party, Abraham Amaliba debunked the claims and said that the flagbearer must have done some wrong calculations, stating also that Dr. Duffuor abandoned a meeting held for all aspirants to solve possible issues heckling the process. Instead, he “ran to court.”
The party Chairman, Mr. Nketiah says since he has not been sued, he will use the opportunity to unite the party ahead of the election.
In the wake of the slight internal political turbulence, the Electoral Commission (EC) has noted that it is unable to oversee the party’s primaries unless all legal actions against it are resolved. The commissioner, Madam Jean Mensa made this known during a meeting involving the feuding parties and other stakeholders.
Meanwhile, the court to address the issue has reversed the date set for the court hearing from Monday, May 15 to Friday 12 May, a day before the election.
The court, on this day, will indicate whether or not the party may go ahead with the election.