Politics

NDC suspends Fifi Kwetey challenger

The Volta regional branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has suspended Jim Yao Morti, one of the disqualified par­liamentary aspirants for the Ketu South constituency primary.

Another contender, a former MP for the area, Albert Zigah, has also been disqualified by the party.

The disqualification of the duo brings to two the number of candi­dates seeking to unseat the incum­bent Member of Parliament (MP), Fifi Kwetey, who is also the Minister for Food and Agriculture.

Mr Morti's suspension took effect on Friday November 13, 2015.

The party, in a statement, said the decision had been necessitated by what it described as the "unaccept­able" behaviour of Morti and his supporters after his disqualification from the November 21, 2015 primaries.

Court Action

Unsatisfied with the turn of events, Morti has sued the party at the High Court in Accra seeking, i among other reliefs, an injunction on Saturday's primary in the constituen­cy.

According to the writ, he met all requirements stated in the NDC guidelines for the elections and as such could not be disqualified.

He is therefore praying the court for a perpetual injunction on the par­liamentary primary in the constituen­cy until his name is included on the ballot paper.

Morti has cited the NDC, the National Chairman, Vetting Commit­tee, the Volta Regional NDC Chair­man, the Ketu South Constituency Chairman and Fifi Kwetey as the defendants in the suit.

He said "even though no com­munication has been channelled to the plaintiff directly, the plaintiff got to know that the reason for the delay and actions of some of the executives of the NDC to stall his candidature was to assist Mr Kwetey who had lost touch with the constituency."

Reliefs

Aside general damages and costs, Morti wants a declaration that he sat­isfied the conditions set by the NDC and is eligible to contest the parliamentary primaries of the party in the Ketu South constituency.

He wants a declaration that the action of the NDC is against his fun­damental human rights, the constitu­tion and laid down guidelines of the party.

The Ketu South NDC parliamen­tary aspirant also wants the court to rule that "the Ghana Police Service has cleared the Plaintiff of any wrongdoing and have written letters to that effect and same should not bar the Plaintiff from contesting as NDC's Parliamentary Candidate for the Ketu South constituency for the 2016 Parliamentary Election."

The plaintiff further wants an order directed at the party to include him in contesting in its primaries for the election of its 2016 parliamentary candidates for the Ketu South con­stituency.

 

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