Valentino Nii Noi Nortey was voted the party’s representative for the constituency elections in 2016 by delegates of the NPP on Saturday, three days after an application for an injunction on the polls was dismissed by a Fast-track High Court.
Two of the aspirants alleged that the process was rushed but Agyepong denied the claims, arguing that the polls had been delayed so many times it was imperative to hold the election once the case had been dismissed.“Everything was ready, the ballot papers printed and the statement of poll had been out in those constituencies, everything was set for July 25th. Except that the NPP members took the case to court. As soon as the court decided on the matter and dismissed those applications we were then at liberty to go ahead,” Kwabena Agyepong told Citi News.
NPP’s General Secretary insisted that the decision to hold the elections on Sunday was backed by the regional and constituency executives of the party.
“I had meeting in my office with the acting regional chairman of Greater Accra and the respective constituency chairpersons They were eager to go because tensions were brewing and they even wanted Saturday. But I told them we needed to add another 24 hours to give everybody time to adjust,” he said.
“I’m surprised that some people are saying that we rushed the primary. This is a primary that was supposed to be held on the 13th of June, moved to 25th of june and the July 25 and now August 2. How can anybody complain about that?”
The election on Sunday was not without incident as some NPP sympathizers, believed to be supporters of one of the aspirants, Philip Addison thronged the streets in a bid to stop the elections.
Addison along with the third candidate in the election, Nii Adjei Tawiah, called on their supporters to prevent any delegates from voting at the party’s headquarters.
The lawyer, who rose to fame following the 2012 election petition, at one point dared the police to “shoot everybody” who tried to stop the election.
He eventually boycotted the election stating that he “did not feel part of the process” but still managed 22 votes.
His tally however was bested by Nii Noi Nortey’s who won with a wide margin.