The Member of Parliament of Afram Plains North, Emmanuel Aboagye Didieye has secure an interlocutory court injunction on the congress of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The congress slated for December 20 would suffer a setback following the MP’s decision. Mr. Aboagye Didieye claims he was unlawfully disqualified from the race for the National Organiser position of the party.
The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia last week at a press conference said 6 people including Mr. Aboagye Didieye had withdrawn from the contest, a position he has vehemently denied. The MP later gave an ultimatum to the leadership of the party to reverse statements that he has withdrawn from the race or he’d advice himself.
On Monday December 8, Mr. Dedieye filed a suit in an Accra High Court praying the court to place an interlocutory injunction on the December 20 congress scheduled for Kumasi.
In an interview with TV3, the aggrieved MP said “some people are making an attempt to frustrate me from contesting the position of National Organiser. It started when I went for the vetting and the chairman of the vetting committee [Alban Bagbin] and some others tried to convince me not to contest.”
He further added that “they told me the MP’s who endorsed my forms did not write their party ID card numbers…. Which I protested and they tried emphasizing on that it is basis enough to disqualify me. The next day I heard the General Secretary [Johnson Asiedu Nketia] saying that I have voluntarily withdrawn.”
A very livid Aboagye Didieye said “whether I have been disqualified or not they should tell the court.” He also question “Why is my name not on the allot paper, if they’ve not disqualified me, why is my name not on the ballot paper?”
Responding to the concerns of the Member of Parliament, a Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, George Lawson said the reasons Mr. Didieye was disqualified was because “he was unable to satisfy the requirements on the forms. The MP’s who endorsed his form did not write their party card numbers. It was at the vetting that it was shown to him that those portions of the forms were not completed.”
He also questioned the MP’s decision asking “if he has exhausted all the options in the party to address his concerns. First you’d petition the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party or the vetting committee and there is no 21 days period for the issue to be looked at.”
The Deputy General Secretary said “with the position he has taken, he is digging his own grave. As a Member of Parliament, he should know better and per the party’s constitutions there are sanctions for party members who undertake such decisions.”
By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana