Nii Noi, Addison lock horns over NPP Klottey Korle primary

BY: Isaac Yeboah

The High Court in Accra has granted an application by Nii Noi Nortey to join the suit filed by Mr Philip Addison and Nii Adjei Tawiah against the outcome of the New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) parliamentary primary at Klottey Korle.

The court presided over by Mrs Justice Patience Mills-Tetteh, ordered Nii Noi to file an amended writ and a new statement of claim within two weeks and serve same on all the parties in the case in which the plaintiffs are contesting the conduct of the parliamentary primary held on August 2, 2015.

The court had early on November 17, granted a default judgement against the NPP, the primary defendant.Philip Addison and Nii Adjei Tawiah had sued both the NPP and the Electoral Commission and asked the court to annul the results of the parliamentary primary in the constituency which elected Nii Noi as the NPP’s parliamentary candidate for the 2016 elections.

Their grounds were that the process that elected Nii Noi lacked fairness and transparency and for which they asked that the primary be re-run.

According to the plaintiffs, more than half of the delegates were disenfranchised during the primary, while the organisation of the election was in violation of the tenets of democratic principles. They also claimed there was no accreditation and that the register used for the exercise was not certified.

Addison had petitioned the party’s National Executive Committee to relook the conduct of the constituency primary but the petition was dismissed, following which the pair proceeded to court.

Lead counsel for Addison and Nii Adjei, Mr. Frank Davies, told Daily Graphic the NPP, which did not put in any appearance, will have to rerun the primary because that is the effect of the court’s decision on November 17.

On that same day, the applicants withdrew their application for default judgement against the Electoral Commission to pave the way for the latter to file its defence.