Two stalwarts of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) see defeat stirring in the face of their party, and its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, at the upcoming November 7 polls, blaming it on internal wrangling and abuse of power by some party element, who ought to know better.
The two, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, and Valentino Nii Noi Nortey, who were separately commenting on the developments in the party, particularly Korle Klottey Constituency of the Greater Accra Region, described events in the Constituency as a travesty of justice.
Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe, a founding member of the NPP told The Herald that, “what happened in Korle Klottey was a travesty of justice”, adding “this abuse of power in NPP is alien to this party’s traditions”.
According to the soviet-trained medical doctor and ex-Army Major, “the NPP has been hijacked” and described the current administrator of the NPP as a “puppet administration”.
He could not understand, why the party, refused to defend the previous election in Korle Klottey Constituency, thus giving the two losers the opportunity to combine their forces and have a second try.
Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe argued that, “if this flawed system is not corrected, everyone who wins an election would not have their victory safeguarded”.
He told The Herald, “It sets a dangerous precedent, mark my words. This is a sad day for the party. Addison’s win is a subversion of the grassroots”.
Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe, who spoke to The Herald from the Volta Region, insisted that, “I have said time and again that a political party with a divided front can never win an election, more so when it carries into a contest, an acting national chairman and an acting general secretary”.
This, he observed “has never occurred in any political organization; not even in the communist world. It appears NPP will never ever learn”.
On his part, the beleaguered Valentino Nii Noi, casted serious doubts on Nana Akufo-Addo chances, especially in the Constituency, to make his dreams of becoming president in 2017 a reality.
He said, the travesty that took place at the party’s head office in Asylum Down at the hands of party managers, whom he considers as lacking management skills, has made Nana Addo’s presidential dream, non-achievable in the Constituency.
According to Nii Noi, he will contest as an independent candidate and leave the fate of the presidential bid of the twice defeated presidential candidate of the party in the hands of the good people of Klottey Korle to decide come November 7.
“It is the people who will decide and not me since I have been unfairly treated in my bid to become the parliamentary aspirant of the party”, he said.
During the parliamentary re-run; Lawyer Phillip Addison, one of the parliamentary aspirants in the race, openly told delegates during his campaign that, Nana Addo, who is supposed to be the leader superintending over the unity of the party supports his parliamentary bid.
He maintained that, in spite the various petition submitted to the party hierarchy to take a decision on the said matter, nothing was done.
“Addison had said he had the support of Nana Addo, the father of the party. I came to the race with the blessing and unflinching support and the backing of the grassroots”, he lamented.
The failed NPP parliamentary aspirant, flanged by party boys led by one Forster believed to be a loyalist of the ousted National Chairman; Paul Afoko, declared his intensions to contest the 2016 parliamentary election as an independent candidate.
At a press conference in Osu to formally announce his decision, Nii Noi, doubted whether the 72-two year old flagbearer will get enough votes from the area.
The former NPP Constituency chairman for Klottey Korley, minced no words when he announced to the world that, he was badly treated ahead of the re-run of the primary on February 27, 2016, because he had no Godfather in the party.
“Luckily, for the bigwigs in the party, Nii Noi is not a lawyer to employ gymnastics to frustrate the process. I am not a favourite to have my way through but what I have is the mass appeal and the desire to right the wrongs in the Constituency, he said amidst the chanting by supporters gathered”, he said.
To him, “while others may have the bigwigs on their side, I have the foot soldiers, as the abortive election petition at the court has indicated that elections are won on the ground, at the polling stations not at the courts”.
He disclosed that, prior to the re-run and after several attempts by the managers of the party to get him to contest, “we agreed on certain modalities for the conduct of what they thought will settle matters. The election was to start 8am but begun at 7am and there was accreditation for delegates and my agent recorded a total of 715 votes, contrary to the figures being tossed around in the register”.
He revealed that “it is for this reason that the agents refused to sign the results that declared Lawyer Phillip Addison as the winner of the primary re-run’ after the court gymnastics”.
This happened “even though I won a duly conducted election by the Electoral Commission (EC) under the supervision of the regional executives of the party on August 2, 2015 despite the introduction of thugs by my opponents, by seizing ballot materials I never complained, he stressed.