27.07.2006 CPP News

CPP leadership dragged to court

By The Crusading Guide
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Top shots of the Nkrumaist Convention People's Party have been dragged to the Fast Track High Court in Accra.

They include Dr. Edmund Delle (National Chairman), Araba Bentsi Enchill, Johnny Hanson, Prof. Nii Noi Dowouna (General Secretary), Martin Donkor, Riley Poku, B.K Senchire, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. (Publicity Chairman)- Defendants.

Those who dragged them to court are Nana Kwaku Dumfeh, Osei Tano Kofi Aganu Luvo, Kwadwo Adumoah, Amankwa Appiah, Francis Opai Tetteh and Attah Essiam (Plaintiffs) – who also belong to the CPP.

In a statement of claim, Plaintiffs averred that by their acts, omissions and commissions, Defendants had conducted themselves in a way and manner that had conducted themselves in a way and manner that had ridiculed the CPP and exposed their efficiency, “which is affecting the smooth running of the said party. The Defendants are incompetent enough to manage the party”.

Plaintiffs maintained that the leadership of the party had violated the electoral laws by not filing returns on behalf of the party with the Electoral Commission to date- contrary to Section 21 of the Political Parties Act, 2000 (Act 574).

“By the inaction of the Defendants, the CPP has only 56 offices in 138 districts contrary to the requirement of the law that a registered political party must have offices in at least two thirds of the 138 districts. The CPP risk being banned from operating as a political party as a result of this”, the writ indicated.

According to Plaintiffs, vehicles supplied to the party by the Electoral Commission in the year 2004 were being used by the Defendants and their agents for their private business, thereby depriving the party of their use. “In addition, Defendants have failed to point the said vehicles into the colours of the party”.

Plaintiffs further averred that at a Central Committee meeting held in Kumasi, the Defendants purportedly dismissed the only three Members of Parliament of the party without due process and in breach of the said constitution (Article 51) and the rules of natural justice, subjecting the CPP to public ridicule.

They said they had been reasonably affected by these and other acts of the Defendants and were therefore seeking redress.

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