Politics of Wednesday, 9 December 2015
The two-day National Delegates Congress of the People’s National Convention (PNC), expected to come off in Wa in the Upper East Region this weekend appears to be under threat due to a court injunction.
The conference scheduled for December 11-13, 2015 may not come off as planned because some aggrieved members of the party have gone to court over what they say is the refusal of the party’s Congress Committee to disqualify a national chairman aspirant, Mr Bernard Mornah, who is currently the General Secretary of the party.
When contacted, the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan acknowledged receipt of the injunction.
He said that he was already in discussions with lawyers of the party and the petitioners to explore ways of settling the matter out of court.
Mr Mornah also told the Daily Graphic that he was in contact with his lawyers to see the way forward. He said it was unfortunate that members of the same party will go to this extent.
However, the aggrieved party members, Mr David Apasera, Mr Abubakar Sadiq Kwashie Ebla and Mr Henry Haruna, want Mr Mornah, disqualified from the race for issuing a dud cheque to the party while filing his nomination form.
Sources close to the plaintiffs said they were simply applying the rules of engagement fairly.
In their view, it would be unfair for the rules to be changed just to favour one particular interest.
In line with this, the three plaintiffs, want the court to stop the 7th congress of the party from being held since several appeals to the party yielded no positive results.
They are therefore seeking a declaration that all prospective candidates for National Executive positions of the 1st defendants [PNC] were (mandatorily) obliged by the party to pay their nomination fee by the close of nomination on November 13, 2015.
They are also seeking a further declaration that failure of any prospective candidate to pay his or her filing fee by the close of nomination on November 13, 2015 automatically made that candidate disqualified.
Additionally, they want a declaration that the 2nd defendant [Bernard Mornah] was automatically disqualified from contesting the position of National Chairman of the 1st defendant party when at the close of nomination on November 13, 2015 he had not paid his filing fee.
Among others, the plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that the permission granted by the 1st defendant to the 2nd defendant to pay his filing fee after the close of the nomination on November 13, 2015 is null and void and therefore had not operated to make the 2nd defendant an aspirant eligible to contest the impending election for the position of National Chairman.
Furthermore they want a declaration that the conduct of 1st defendant allowing 2nd defendant who did not pay his filing fee at the close of nomination to contest the 1st and 2nd plaintiff who paid their filing fee at the close of nomination is wrongful, discriminatory, unfair, biased, arbitrary, capricious and contrary to democratic principles.
Accordingly, they are seeking that an order of court setting aside the purported payment of filing fees by the 2nd defendant on November 23, 2015 and accepted by the 1st defendants as void.
Among other reliefs they are seeking are an order of court that the 1st defendant should not include the 2nd defendant’s name in the list of aspirants and further on the ballot papers or any other election material to be used for the contest of the upcoming election for the position of National Chairman or any other date that the election shall take place.