- Nii Noi Nortey has apologised to President Akufo-Addo and former president Kufuor for disobeying them
- The two men lasy year appealed to him not to contest as an independent parliamentary candidate at the Korle Klottey constituency but he ignored them
- In an interview, Nii Noi said he had regretted the decision to go solo and wanted the two party elders to forgive him
A former New Patriotic Party (NPP) chairman of the Korle Klottey constituency Nii Noi Nortey has expressed regret for defying President Nana Akufo-Addo and former president JA Kufuor and contesting the Korle Klottey parliamentary election as an independent candidate.
“Yes, I regret going independent. The circumstances which led to that was unfortunate. In life sometimes you have to make some tough decisions. I’m really sorry to the big men I failed to heed their advice."
He told Agoo TV that Akufo-Addo and Kufuor personally called him and pleaded with him not to contest, but he ignored them.
“I’m apologizing to these big men – Nana Addo, Kufuor, Bawumia – including Anthony Karbo, Mustapha Hamid for all my actions."
Nii Noi won the initial primary to contest the parliamentary seat on the ticket of the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), but his main contender, Philip Addison, challenged the result in court and won.
Addison, a lawyer, then won the re-run to represent the party in the 2016 election.
An aggrieved Nii Noi announced his decision to contest the election as an independent candidate, prompting leaders, including Kufuor and Akufo-addo, to beg him to reconsider.
The party leaders feared that his participation in the election would split NPP's votes into two, allowing the National Democratic Congress candidate, Zanetor Rawlings, to win.
Nii Noi, however, ignored the pleas and proceeded to contest the election, which he and Addison lost to Zanetor.
With six months gone since the election, Nii Noi says he is really sorry for his action.
He says his apology is inspired by his love for the party, rather than what some say is his desire to get an appointment from Akufo-Addo.
"I don’t start a journey I can’t finish. I don’t think I’m ready for a position now. This is a genuine apology. I really love my party and I can’t turn my back on it. It’s rather unfortunate it ended up this way but I’m only asking for forgiveness,” he said.
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