As the National Democratic Congress gears up for its first ever expanded delegates parliamentary primaries, one of the three aspirants hoping to unseat the Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, in the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency of the Upper West Region, has filed a law suit seeking to disqualify a contender, Roger Galeh from the race.
David Jawara Banye, 44, claims Roger Galeh was slapped with a 5-year non custodial sentence by a Damango District Court in August 2008, hence does not qualify to be in the contest.
According to Citi News’ Latif Mahama, “per Mr. Jawara’s writ, Mr. Roger was sentenced to a five-year non-custodial sentence with 50 penalty units for poaching at the Damango Mole National Park.”
He said Mr. Jawara is thus praying the court to ban Mr. Roger from contesting in the race.
[contextly_sidebar id=”S3Lm5r64A5Z7TZtmm0mzM15BflRLgrkR”]According to Jawala, the NDC’s constitution bars convicted persons from vying for any position in the party.
Mr. Roger was in 2012 disqualified in the NDC’s parliamentary primaries over the same issue following a petition filed by Jawara.
According to Latif, Mr. Jawara had explained that “he tried getting the case across to the NDC executives but he claimed they tried shelving the matter.”
“Some people in the NDC were trying to drag their fit on the matter and so I chose to go to the Wa High Court to have his issue addressed.”
Mr. Jawala is also seeking to place an injunction restraining the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency Chairman from conducting the election in the area.
The court is expected to rule on the matter on Friday.
The NDC has had its November 21 primaries hit with court suits in some constituencies particularly by persons who felt they were unduly disqualified from the race.
The party has in some cases, suspended members who went to the court.
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana