Subin boils over illegal NPP primary
The executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) branch in the Subin Constituency in the Ashanti Region are calling for a re-run of the parliamentary primary to save the party from losing the seat in the upcoming general elections.
They have also called on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to intervene and save the situation, as the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) is accused of disregarding a court injunction order not to conduct the primary in the constituency last Saturday.
Mr. Robert Osei Assibey, an opinion leader who addressed a press conference, explained that a court of competent jurisdiction had, on the June 19, 2020, granted an interim injunction by virtue of ex-parte application filed by the suspended delegates of the constituency.
Accordingly, the Electoral Commission and all other stakeholders were restrained by the said injunction from organising, supervising, and participating in the scheduled parliamentary primaries.
He said all the contestants, constituency executives, National Director of Elections, and other well-meaning stakeholders, as well as the Electoral Commission (EC) at the regional and national levels were served the same day.
The aggrieved spokesman of the executives complained that even though the EC complied with the order, the polls were conducted.
One of the contestants, Mr. J. B. Dankwah, was informed in the afternoon on the election day when it was being conducted, upon which information he rushed to the designated polling station centers to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the information, which turned out to be true.
Mr. Osei Assibey wondered why the organisers flouted the orders of the court and went ahead with the polls, when J. B. Danquah, a major stakeholder, decided not to disregard the order and declined to partake in the polls.
According to him, despite the disregard of the court order and abuse of the electoral process, the people of Subin remained calm in the name of peace and respect for democratic principles, the rule of law and chieftaincy institution.
The group has cautioned the leadership of the party not to take their patience for granted, and be guided by the principles of natural and equitable justices.
The aggrieved party members urged the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, an internationally acclaimed human rights lawyer and activist, who is the leader of the New Patriotic Party, to take steps to ensure that the right thing is done and tame the incumbent MP, who allegedly brags that he is a confidant of the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
Osei Assibey cautioned the party to beware that the Diplomatic Corps and the Ghana Bar Association are waiting to see the outcome of the matter, hence, an appeal to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to help bring sanity to prevail in Subin Constituency.