EXPOSED! How NPP wanted to use the gang of 13
Information emerging indicates that the opposition New Patriotic Party has been worst hit by the Electoral Commission’s decision to disqualify 13 Presidential aspirants in the forthcoming presidential election.
A memo sent to some NPP groups by Edward “Bumpti” Akufo-Addo, the junior brother of the NPP flagbearer and intercepted by our sources indicates how disappointed the NPP is with the disqualification. Bumpti told the group to keep fighting for the disqualified aspirants to aid the agenda of the NPP to use them as the “One Percenters” to spoil the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) chances of winning the December general elections.
The memo referred to NPP lawyer, Nana Asante Bediatuo stated: “ I think that it is in our interest to fight for the 1 percent. We need the perceived spoilers of NDC rigging machine like Konadu and Nduom on the ballot. “We can’t afford to lose these potential allies in case there is a runoff. Greenstreet is out of our reach”
Apparently, the NPP regard the parties of the disqualified aspirants, particularly Nana KonaduAgyeman Rawlings’s National Democratic Party (NDP) and the Progressive Peoples’ Party (CPP) as the spoilers that would win them the elections if the elections drags to a run-off.
On Tuesday, the Electoral Commissioner, Charlotte Osei announced the EC’s decision to disqualify about 13 presidential aspirants for not properly meeting the requirements for being admitted on the ballot papers for the December polls.
The disqualification resulted in only four candidates set to appear on the ballot papers in this year’s elections, this include: John Mahama of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nana Akufo-Addo of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ivor Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), and Jacob Osei-Yeboah, an independent candidate.
According to the EC boss some of the aspirants were booted out for violating various aspects of the electoral laws of Ghana, including fraudulent signatures, absence of required number of signatures, and improper filling of nomination forms. She added that some of the fraudulent information provided by the nominees would be followed up by the police for possible arrest and prosecution.
The NPP had hailed the move by the EC, however, behind closed doors, this paper can confirm that the opposition party is not exactly happy at the turn of events.