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17.10.2008 NPP News

Ketu-South Constituency NPP divided over eligibility of Parliamentary Aspirant

By gna

The Ketu-South Constituency of New Patriotic Party (NPP) looked divided over the eligibility of Mr Peterson Midadje as a Parliamentary aspirant for Election 2008 on account of his alleged Canadian citizenship.

An attempt last Thursday to replace Mr Midadje with a new aspirant failed prompting about 70 Polling Station Chairmen to withdraw their support for Mr Midadje who nonetheless filed his nomination papers with the Electoral Commission (EC).

A faction of NPP sympathisers in the Constituency feared Mr Midadje could be disqualified from contesting the December 7 election on account of his dual citizenship.

About 68 out of the 100 Polling Station Chairmen on October 2, this year, passed a vote of no confidence in the aspirant at Agbozume, but another faction announced its support for him.

Attempts by National and Volta Regional Executives at the Agbozume meeting to cool tempers failed.

However, Mr Midadje said he had begun the process of renouncing his Canadian citizenship.

A report by a committee instituted by the Party to investigate the issue indicated that the Canadian High Commission in Accra was going through the process of renouncing Mr Midadje's Canadian citizenship.

At a meeting on Thursday, October 15, this year, a faction of the Party in the Constituency accused the National and Volta Regional Executives of being “untruthful and failing to stand for the principles of the Party”.

Meanwhile, Mr Godwin Tay of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) and Mr Pascal Kumaza, of Convention Peoples' Party (CPP) have filed their nomination papers to contest the seat.

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