Lawyer Philip Addison has fought back to emerge the shocking winner of Saturday’s Parliamentary primary re-run of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), in the Klottey Korle Constituency.
Results from the Electoral Commission, show that Mr. Addison in a rather close contest, polled 396 of the 765 votes cast, to beat his only contender, Nii Noi Nortey, who polled 367 votes.
Out of 790 delegates expected to cast their ballot, only 765 voted.
According to Citi News’ Kojo Agyemang, only two ballots were rejected.
Today’s elections came off peacefully but with heightened security at the party’s headquarters at Asylum Down, which is located in the constituency.
The security ostensibly became necessary following the tension that had existed between the two aspirants. Lawyer Addison was the lead counsel for the opposition NPP, when the party contested the 2012 election results at the Supreme Court.
The re-run controversy
The results of today’s poll will somewhat give credence to Mr. Addison’s claim that the previous election which he boycotted, was a sham, hence his decision to annul the outcome in court.
In the previous election, Lawyer Addison only managed a meagre 22 votes, while Nii Noi Nortey garnered 393 votes, with the third contender, Nii Adjei Tawiah, who pulled out of today’s election to back Addison, managing 19 votes.
The fierce contest
Prior to today’s primary, the two men were brimming with confidence with Addison saying he would win because some men from the camp of his opponent, had pitched camp with him because of some promises he made to them which had not been fulfilled.
But Nii Nortey said he had done so much work, and that it was naive on the part of Mr. Addison to think he was going to win, merely because some of his campaign team members had switched to his camp.
Will there be unity?
Looking at how events have turned out in the constituency, the party would have to do a lot more to remain united going forward into the November polls.
The Klottey Korle seat has been won twice by the NPP in 1996 and 2000, before it lost it to the NDC’s Nii Armah Ashietey, the incumbent MP.
Coincidentally, the NDC in the same Constituency, is also faced with a difficulty of who leads the party in the November polls.
The daughter of former President Rawlings, Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, who was elected in the party’s November primary, is being challenged in court by the incumbent MP, Nii Armah Ashietey.
Mr. Ashietey says Dr. Zanetor Rawlings was not qualified to contest the poll since she’s not a registered Ghanaian voter as the Constitution prescribes.
By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana