An aspirant in the upcoming New Patriotic Party (NPP), Primaries in the Korle Klottey Constituency, Philip Addison is questioning the basis for the party’s decision to hold primaries on Sunday.
The party has indicated that Parliamentary primaries in the constituency will come off on tomorrow, Sunday, August 2, 2015.
The directive comes days after a court struck out an injunction application, seeking to further suspend the polls in the constituency.
However the lawyer, who was unhappy about the development, on the Point Blank segment on Eyewitness News said aspirants are just being “railroaded” into the election.
He said he was quite confused upon hearing that the party had decided to organise the primaries on Sunday because party executives had met on Friday and agreed on a different date.
“At the meeting, we had agreed that Sunday was not a suitable date … we had agreed that the elections will come off August 28. The meeting was convened by the Constituency Chairperson, a Member of the Elections Committee, one of the aspirants etc.
Mr Addison accused the NPP General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong who signed the press release announcing the Sunday date of being the brain behind organising the primaries tomorrow.
He said he does not know why Mr Agyepong is rushing the elections.
“I don’t know what happened because we had a meeting with stakeholders. We took a decision which we said was binding on all of us so I don’t know what happened. I consider this to be very disrespectful,” he lamented.
He pointed out that it will be very difficult for aspirants to mount a vigorous campaign ahead of the elections, considering the short notice given to them.
“It is going to be difficult mobilising for the elections. We have to buy a few things and we may not have the resources to do that.”
Philip Addison is facing a stiff challenge from Nii Nortey who until recently was the constituency chairman of the party.