Lead Counsel for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 election petition case, Philip Addison has been disqualified from contesting the Akuapem North seat in the party’s primaries set for April 25, 2020.
Mr. Addison and one William Adjei Twumasi, a Bursar with the Akuapem Presbyterian College were disqualified for failing to nurture the constituency.
Philip Addison had made an earlier attempt to enter Parliament in 2016 in the Klotey Korle constituency but was defeated by the NDC’s Zenetor Rawlings.
Per the NPP constitution, any individual seeking to contest as an MP must nurture the constitution for a period of five years.
However Mr. Addison and William Adjei Twumasi according to the Vetting Committee failed to abide by the party’s constitution.
Speaking to citi news, Eastern Regional Secretary of the NPP, Jerry Konadu said a total of 15 aspirants were disqualified.
“So far in the region, we believe that 15 of them from different constituencies cannot contest for now. We saw that they were party people but certain strict criteria that must be met were not met and for that matter, our recommendation is that they should not contest.”
Ahead of the 2016 general elections, Philip Addison emerged victorious in the NPP primaries to represent the party in the Klottey Korle constituency.
He, however, lost to the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Dr Zanetor Rawlings as the NPP’s polled votes were shared between himself and his contender who stood as an independent candidate, Nii Noi Nortey.
NPP Parliamentary Party scheduled for April 25, 2020
The New Patriotic Party has slated April 25, 2020, to elect the rest of its Parliamentary candidates.
It will also be holding its presidential primaries on the same day.
The party has already held primaries for constituencies that do not have sitting Members of Parliament.
The party pegged filing fees for its upcoming parliamentary primaries at GHS20,000 and an additional GHS2,000 for picking of forms.
The leadership of the party is also charging all aspiring parliamentary candidates other than the sitting Members of Parliament a “Party Development Fee of GH¢30,000.”