A total of fifteen (15) aspirants including legal practitioner, Lawyer Philip Addison have been disqualified by the vetting committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Eastern Region as the party prepares for its parliamentary primaries next month April.
The vetting process which began on March 4, 2020, came to an end on March 7, 2020 at 7:00pm.
The 15 disqualified aspirants were part of a total of 79 aspirants who appeared before the committee.
Meanwhile, 64 out of the total aspirants were given the green light to contest the party’s constituency primaries slated for April 25, 2020.
Top on the list of disqualified aspirants is, Lawyer Philip Addison who was the leading counsel for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 General Election petition case.
He sought to contest the incumbent Akuapim North MP, Nana Ama Dokua.
All four aspirants seeking to contest Atiwa East MP, Abena Osei Asare were also disqualified.
They are Ernest Adade Owiredu, Kudjoe Amegah Kafui, Eric Agyarko and Dr Benny Frank.
Briefing the media after the successful exercise, Mr Jerry Konadu, Eastern Regional secretary of the NPP said:
“So far out of the 79, the committee found that 15 of them were some how with their documentations and other things could not qualify them to contest in these primaries and that is going to be our report to be forwarded to national for consideration. At the end of the day, the national party will take a final decision of the vetting committee’s report”.
Mr Konadu stressed further that all disqualified aspirants can file appeals at the National level in Accra.
“All the proposed disqualified aspirants have the opportunity to also petition the National Appeals Committee for their case to be held,” he added.
The party will hold its parliamentary and presidential primaries on April 25, 2020.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Samuel Sackey