An Accra High Court on Tuesday dismissed an application filed by Valentino Nii Noi Nortey, the beleaguered NPP Klottey Korle parliamentary aspirant.
Lawyer Philip Addison and another contestant in the NPP Klottey Korle parliamentary primaries, Nii Adjei Tawiah who were all defeated, had prayed the court earlier that the elections which Nii Noi was declared winner, violated article 55 of the New Patriotic Party’s constitution and therefore be declared illegal.
Nii Noi sought to set aside a default judgment agreed by the party hierarchy after counsel for the petitioners in the 2012 Presidential petition, Phillip Addison, who was a defeated aspirant in the primary won by Nii Noi, sued the NPP at the High Court, demanding annulment of the results.
Addison and another contestant, Nii Adjei Tawiah insisted the election on August 2 was illegal, claiming that more than half of the delegates were disenfranchised. They also alleged that the organization of the election was in violation of the tenets of democratic principles which were supposed to govern the elections.
The two, also lamented over the accreditation process and laid further claim that the register used was not certified.
The court presided over by Patience Mills Tetteh therefore ordered for a re-run of the Parliamentary primary for the Klottey Korle constituency in agreement with an earlier stance of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party.
The party in an attempt to settle the matter at a NEC meeting, after Dr Opoku Adusei asked for the impasse to be settled using the party’s internal mechanisms, proposed a re-run of the election, which Valentino Nii Noi Nortey strongly objected to.
This development left the party with no option than to wash its hands off the case and allow the court to determine which way to go.
When the case was called today (Tuesday) the Presiding Judge Patience Mills Tetteh dismissed Nii Noi Nortey’s application of setting the judgment aside, paving the way for a re-run of the election.