The 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has indicated that nothing can stop him from voting in Saturday’s National Delegates’ Conference of the party in Tamale, the Northern regional capital.
In an apparent reaction to a petition issued by Paul Afoko, a National Chairman aspirant of the party, informing the Election Committee of the NPP that his polling agents would stop some National Executive Committee (NEC) members from voting on Saturday, Nana Akufo-Addo said in as much as his name was on the list, he would exercise his right to vote.
‘I am on the list [of voters],’ Nana Addo told journalists at the Tamale Airport yesterday when he arrived ahead of the Saturday event.
He said he expected the party to have a good Conference, despite the last minute show of acrimony by some aspirants.
Mr. Afoko had demanded in an April 7, 2014 letter to the party’s Electoral Committee that Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia be excluded from voting at the congress.
In the letter addressed to the Chairman of the National Elections Committee, Afoko quoted section C (2 ii) of the party constitution which states, ‘Chairpersons of Sector Committees, Past National Chairpersons, Past Presidential Candidates, Past Running Mates, Past General Secretaries, Directors at the National Secretariat and such other Members as the National Executive Committee may determine, shall be entitled to attend meetings of the National Executive Committee but without the right to vote,’ indicating that Nana Addo and Dr. Bawumia as well as Dan Botwe, former General Secretary; Peter Mac Manu, Samuel Arthur, Odoi Sykes and Harona Esseku, all past National Chairmen, could not vote.
Mr. Afoko stated, ‘This category of persons who are entitled to attend NEC meetings under Article 9 Section 2 (ii) have all been included in the Delegates’ Register, even though it is clear from the constitution that they are not members of NEC.’
In view of this, he indicated, ‘I have instructed our polling agents to stop anyone from this category who attempts to vote at the upcoming elections.’
Meanwhile, Paul Afoko says some elements within the party have leaked his confidential letter, asking that some concerns be addressed before voting.
At a press conference in Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, Thursday morning, he denied asking the party not to allow Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Bawumia and former President Kufuor to vote on Saturday.
‘They are telling lies, these are a pack of lies,’ he stressed, adding that the media had misrepresented what he actually said.
Mr. Afoko said he was shocked by the way what he described as a ‘harmless letter’ he wrote to the Election Committee had been deliberately twisted ‘for some selfish reasons’ by some few persons.
He said he was very sure that some persons who had vowed to pull him down were those behind the misrepresentation of the content of his letter, saying, “….my detractors have taken my letter out of context. After failing to get me disqualified, they have decided to jump on this harmless letter to create a mountain out of nothing,’ he lamented.
Nana Akufo-Addo arrived in Tamale to a rapturous welcome by hundreds of party supporters at the airport clad in party paraphernalia, with motor riders leading a long convoy through some principal streets.
He was accompanied by his vice-presidential candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia; Freddie Blay, a vice chairman aspirant; Ayawaso Central MP, Henry Quartey and former Greater Accra Regional Minister, Sheikh I.C Quaye.
Nana Addo brought the Tamale metropolis to a standstill when he arrived ahead of Saturday’s Conference.
There were chants of “No Nana, No Vote” and “Shei Nana,” to wit “unless Nana,’ by residents of Tamale who had lined up along the streets, making it emphatically clear that Nana Akufo-Addo is the man they are clamouring for to come and rescue Ghana from the hardships and the hopeless situation the people currently find themselves in.
Nana Addo’s first point of call on arrival was the Tamale Central Mosque, where he was received by the Chief Imam, Abdul Salam Ahmed.
Nana Addo also seized the opportunity to inform the Chief Imam of his arrival into the country after taking a six-month break from politics while cooling off in London.
He asked the Chief Imam for his blessings as he once again aspires to become the standard bearer of the NPP.
Responding, the Chief Imam prayed for Allah’s guidance and protection for Nana Addo, further asking the Almighty Allah to order Nana Addo’s steps in his future endeavours.
Nana Akufo-Addo and his entourage then called on Skeikh Bayan Basha, leader of the Ahali Sunna sect in Tamale.
Whilst in Tamale, Nana Akufo-Addo would deliver a speech today in honour of the late Tolon Na, Alhaji Yakubu Tali, a stalwart of the UP tradition.
From: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga
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