NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC) – YILO KROBO
RE – OCCURENCIES IN THE VETTING OF PARLIAMENTARY ASPIRANTS IN YILO KROBO
My attention has been drawn to a press statement going round on social media accusing myself the constituency chairman, the MP Hon. Lawyer Kofi Amoatey and the National Chairman Hon Samuel Ofosu Ampofo of supporting candidate Michael Ologo. I want to state for a fact that neither myself, the constituency chairman, the MP nor the national chairman has declared our support for Michael Ologo or any other candidate or made any public statement to that effect. Again the MP Lawyer Amoatey excused himself from the vetting committee when it got to Yilo’s turn. It is unfortunate that some people want to drag the national chairman, the constituency chairman and MP into this issue.
The NDC party is governed by laws and I will advise the members of the party in the constituency that no individual is greater than the party and shall not hesitate to apply the appropriate sanctions against any individual who violates any portion of the party’s laws.
Article 46(8b) of our party constitution states that: “A party member may be subjected or may be made subject to party discipline for any-party conduct or activities likely to embarrass the party or bring the party into hatred, ridicule or contempt”. Article 45(iii) also states that: “Each party member shall faithfully comply with, apply and implement the lawful decisions of the party.”
One Mr. Eku Stephen, a branch Communication Officer of Apostolic Branch petitioned against Mr. Albert Nyakotey’s filing. The petition was referred to the Constituency Election Committee (CEC). Mr. Nyakotey was invited by the CEC and was shown the petition. He told the CEC he has a response to the petition and hence gave copies of all the relevant documents he will rely on to the CEC.
On the vetting day he was confronted by the vetting committee with the petition. He gave his response and the vetting committee asked us (constituency executive committee) to bring the petitioner to appear before the vetting committee the next day. Just after that Mr. Nyakotey went on to verbally attack the sitting MP before the vetting panel. He later sent a message to the MP’s son accusing the MP of bribing Hon Sherry Ayitey, a National Vice Chairperson to disqualify him.
Later in the day on the 25th July, 2019, I received a call from the regional chairman that the issue had been referred to the Party’s headquarters for redress. Later, a disqualification letter endorsed by Hon Barbara S. Asamoah popped up. I, the constituency chairman, was however informed that he had filed an appeal against his disqualification by the Functional Executive Committee (FEC). Mr. Nyakotey subsequently appeared before the appeals committee on Wednesday the 7th of August, 2019. However, the verdict of the appeals committee is yet to come out. The party therefore finds it strange that a press conference has been held giving the party an ultimatum.
Per Article 41(6) of the NDC’s constitution, it is only the party hierarchy that shall endorse the list of parliamentary candidates to contest for the primaries.
I want to state for a fact some of the names and signatures that were attached to the press release were either acquired under false pretense or forged. For example, just this morning, Yorkornor Branch Chairperson and members issued a disclaimer disassociating themselves from the press conference and the attached list. Again the branch chairman of Perpertifi, Martin Asare (No. 60 on the list- 0245629384) when contacted by some radio stations like Enigye, disassociated himself and stated further that his signature was forged.
To conclude, I want to appeal to all NDC members in Yilo that we should keep calm and wait for the party’s decision. Either way it goes, let’s all abide by it and move forward as a party.
2020 is POSSIBLE
LONG LIVE NDC
Constituency Chairman, Yilo Krobo