Following the issuance of an order that put a stop to Saturday’s presidential and parliamentary primaries, the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is attempting to reach a compromise outside of the legal system.
According to the National Chairman, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, efforts to meet with Dr. Kwabena Duffuor and his campaign staff to settle concerns have been tough and unsuccessful.
On Tuesday, one of the three candidates for president, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, filed an injunction in court preventing the party from moving forward with the election. The injunction was granted.
Concerns about alleged anomalies in the party’s electoral roll were among the issues Dr. Duffuor cited in his writ as justification for his action.
Because of the legal proceeding, the Electoral Commission, which had been tasked with supervising the election, abdicated its responsibility.
Duffuor’s injunction: NDC pushes for out of court settlement
Johnson Aseidu Nketiah, the National Chairman of the NDC, recently gave an interview to Citi News in which he stated that the parties will attempt to reach an agreement before Saturday.
We are still working along that line, so we have party and court processes underway.” I have been trying to get people at the table to achieve that, but I haven’t totally succeeded. On the other hand, we had hoped that the parties’ processes would have been completed before the judicial process was initiated.
“Whatever the case may be, we are managing the party’s business in tandem with the court’s business,” said Johnson Aseidu Nketia.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is requesting that the injunction action that was lodged against its presidential and parliamentary primaries be heard by an Accra High Court judge before Monday, May 15.
Additionally, the party is requesting that the court dismiss the lawsuit that Dr. Kwabena Duffuor filed.
The NDC’s legal team argued that the case should be thrown out “in limine” because it was “frivolous and incompetent” and because it should be dismissed.
“We submit that the plaintiff’s suit is incompetent, and as a consequence, it ought to be dismissed in limine.” Again, the plaintiff has not been able to demonstrate that it would be just or convenient for the honorable court to grant the injunction that he is seeking on the face of his pleadings and affidavit.
“We, therefore, pray that the Court refuses to hear the instant application.”