…From his residence, As Nyaho Tamakloe Slams His Loose Talks
By Cecil Mensah
There was drama and gnashing of teeth at the Nima ‘Flagstaff House’ residence of the twice defeated New Patriotic party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, when the political neophyte and lead counsel in the 2012 Election Petition; Phillip Addison, was denied audience and virtually sacked from the Nima residence of the party leader on Tuesday August 4, 2015in Accra
Mr Addison, the failed parliamentary aspirant for the Korley Klottey Constituency, together with his supporters clad in party paraphernalia, stormed the residence of the flagbearer to present a petition to him over the malpractices that characterized the Sunday August 1, primary at the party’s headquarters in Assylum Down, a suburb in Accra.
The flagbearer, according to The Herald’s scouts, refused to accept a petition from the failed parliamentary aspirant for the Korley Klottey Constituency and his supporters on a decision for a rerun of the polls.
Lawyer Addison, who was the lead lawyer for the three-time failed presidential candidate, his running mate , Dr Muhammad Bawumia and ex-National Chairman, Jake Obestebi-Lamptey in the 2012 election petition presided over Justice William Atubuga, lost woefully by polling only 22 votes in the Sunday’s primary, which was won by a former NPP Constituency Chairman ,Nii Noi Nortey.
Mr Addison and his colleague aspirant, Nii Adjei Tawiah, a former Parliamentary Candidate in the 2012 parliamentary election, were bitter about their defeats, they further accused the party’s General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, of orchestrating their defeats in the primary.
The two failed parliamentary aspirant, also mentioned in the rejected petition that, the election was characterized by malpractices and under hand dealings.
The petition aimed at a rerun, was rejected by Nana Akufo-Addo, when Mr Addison and his supporters stormed Akufo-Addo’s house on Tuesday to present it.
Party insiders told The Herald, the flagbearer asked the livid supporters to resort to the right channel within the party to register their reservations about the primary.
According to the scouts, Nana Akufo-Addo’s refusal to accept the petition, did go down well with lawyer Addison and his supporters, who later started raining insults and invectives on the flagbearer and the functional executives of the party.
Meanwhile, Kwabena Agyepong, has advised the loser of last Sunday’s primary in the Korle Klottey Constituency to accept the decision of the delegates.
Agyepong said ,the two must “be charitable to accept the majority decision.”
He said the choice of the delegates must be respected, because Addison and Tawiah cannot, “impose their decision on them.”
In the same vein, a founding Member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has accused Philip Addison of inappropriate conduct.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic on the controversial primary held on Sunday, August 2, 2015, to choose the party’s parliamentary candidate for the Klottey Korle Constituency, Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe charged, “Addison behaved like a spoilt child used to having his way. When he realised that he lacked grass-roots support, he attacked the integrity of the chairman and general secretary of the party. As a politician, for me, it was a sign of desperation.
“And it was disturbing that he called his supporters to disrupt the voting on Sunday.”
“The party’s disciplinary regime failed to check him when he made the unfounded allegations against Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong, the Chairman and the General Secretary of the party respectively, who were democratically elected at a national delegates congress and placed the burden of defence on them.
“Our flag bearer has been viciously maligned by our opponents in the past and asked to disprove their allegations. For Addison to use the same tactic on the chairman and the general secretary is untenable,” the former envoy to Serbia and Montenegro said.
“The grass roots can see a pattern of behaviour now. They can see those who are sowing seeds of conflict between elected party leaders and the flag bearer for their own gain,” Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe observed.
“It is a good thing that the grass roots defied Addison’s tactics, but mark my words, the failure to discipline him and the others who have become untouchable due to their relationship with the flag bearer will lead to trouble in the future,” Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe warned.
“As for me I won’t be gagged. I will say it as it is,”