..Constituency Chairmen Raise Alarm
The parliamentary ambition of former Joy FM Super Morning show host, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and Lawyer Philip Addison, may fall on rocks, as reports from the respective constituencies, suggest that they are receiving stiff opposition from the executives.
The two men, who recently announced their intensions to contest the New Patriotic Party (NPP) primary in the Ofoase-Ayiribi in the Eastern Region and the Korle Klottey in the Greater Accra Region respectively, are being fiercely opposed by their constituency chairmen.
Lawyer Philip Addison, the former lead counsel for the 2012 presidential election petitioners, is being accused of perpetuating falsehood, mischief, malice, propaganda and division in the NPP by his main challenger, the ex-Constituency Chairman of the Korle Klottey, Nii Noi Nortey.
In the case of the former broadcaster now turned Savings and Loans operator, the Constituency Chairman of the Ofoseasi-Ayiribi, Ohene Ampomah ,has declared that Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah, is not qualified to run for parliament on the ticket of the NPP his Constituency.
The executives, insist they don’t know where in the constituency Kojo hails from, and thus directed him to Abora-Aboase near Saltpond in the Central Region to contest.
“You must have served the party in the Constituency for at least two years to run as an MP, but Kojo, has served the party for less than a year and a half, so what is pushing him to stand as an MP in this constituency?” Mr. Ampomah wondered in an interview on Friday, April 10, 2015.
He warned that any attempt to bulldoze Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah’s candidature through, in blatant disregard to the laws of the party, would amount to setting a bad example, and it would be resisted.
Earlier, the accountant turned broadcaster, Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah, had said he had weighed the “potential risks and discomforts of political life,” but upon “calls and encouragements to run,” he has come to the conclusion that he can help fix Ghana’s problems through politics.
“My decision to run for public office is not one I have made lightly. I have weighed the calls and encouragements to run, against the potential risks and discomforts of Political life. I have spent weeks consulting with delegates and members of my community and my family,” the former host of the Super Morning Show of Joy FM announced on his Facebook page.
He added: “In Ghana today many of us complain about the ills of our nation. However, few of us are willing to offer ourselves to be part of the process of fixing these ills. Many of us think nothing can be done. Others think the costs will be too high.
“After careful consideration, I am of the view that many more of us can put aside our personal needs and take up a challenge higher than ourselves. I believe that many more of us who are unhappy with the status-quo must step up and be part of the process of fixing our problems.
I will be going through my party’s nomination, filing and campaign processes ahead of the June 13 parliamentary primaries. I hope, I will be successful at the end of the day, so I can contribute my quota directly to my party, my constituency and my nation.
I thank all persons and groups, who have already expressed support and well wishes for this decision. I will count on their support in my campaign. I thank my family for agreeing that I take up this challenge.”
“Together we can win this primary. Together we can win the 2016 election. Together we can turn around the fortunes of this constituency and our nation. Thank You and Lets get to work,” he concluded.
However, Mr. Ampomah, has said any attempt to bulldoze Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah’s candidature through, in blatant disregard to the laws of the party would amount to setting a bad example.
“I’m just stating the law in the constituency. If the Regional or national Executives decide to pass him then it will set a bad precedent for the party in the constituency. That is why I’m trying to prevent that. That is what I’m trying to avoid, not that I’m opposed to his ambition.
“If Kojo goes, it will worry the party, because Kojo is a stranger in the party…He is not in touch with the grassroots. He is a fine gentleman, but he needs to serve the party for a while before ascending to that level,” Mr. Ampomah said.
Mr. Addison, last week, accused Nii Noi Nortey of stabbing him in the back, because the latter promised to support his candidature and even introduced him at a funeral as the party’s parliamentary candidate for 2016.
He alleged that he had meetings with Nii Noi Nortey and discussed his intentions with him as Chairman of the party in the constituency; so for Nii Noi to resign and contest him (Addison) was a betrayal of trust.
But Nii Noi Nortey, in a rebuttal, said Addison’s allegation were unfounded, palpably false, malicious, mischievous and a fabrication which threatens to divide the party.
He denied every meeting with Addison to give him his support and also denied introducing Addison to anyone as the party’s parliamentary candidate, saying that it is not within his remit to introduce any aspirant to anyone.
“I want to state categorically that the statement made by Mr. Addison, a legal practitioner of his stature who should know better is palpably false, malicious, and mischievous and a calculated attempt to tarnish my hard-won reputation as a loyal member of the New Patriotic Party and must be treated with the necessary contempt it deserves,” he said in a statement.
Nii Noi Nortey is, therefore, challenging Philip Addison to provide evidence of a meeting the two of them had where he (Nortey) gave his support to him (Addison). “It is clear that this propagandist approach of story-cooking has the tendency of causing unnecessary bickering and undermining the unity and harmony of the party,” he said.
He assured his teeming followers of a clean campaign and subsequent victory for the party in 2016, if given the mandate to run on the party’s ticket.