The suit against Carlos Ahenkorah, New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Tema West parliamentary nominee has finally been dismissed. Late last year, the suit was filed by some members of the party Nana Yaw Ntim and Christian Joseph, who challenged his candidature.
In their suit, they argued that the candidate is not a native of the constituency, and as part of the decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party which stated that the Greater Accra regional primaries should be contested only by natives in the region. To them, allowing Carlos Ahenkorah to contest is in contradiction to the directive given by NEC.
They were of the defence that Carlos was not a registered voter of Tema West at the time he contested the NPP’s parliamentary primaries in the constituency. The plaintiffs wanted a re-run of the elections and prayed court to declare his election null and void.
However, Carlos emerged victorious in the lawsuit at the General Jurisdiction Court on the grounds that the plaintiffs arguments does not hold because the defendant legally transferred his vote from Tema Central to Tema West as at the time of the election. The court presided over by Justice Norvisi Ayinine dismissed the case in favour of Mr. Ahenkorah.
The court also stated that the NPP was fair in how it handled the matter and as such the party did not defy its own constitution and the Constitution of Ghana. Mr. Ahenkorah has expressed his satisfaction with the court ruling but at the same time frowned at the mischievousness of the two defendants as he believes the case was was founded on mischief.
This is definitely a period for political drama, as Ghana is just a few months away from elections. There has also been a similar case at the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) – The Nii Ashietey’s case against Zanetor Rawlings, which challenges her candidature as the party’s Parliamentary representative for Klottey Korle Constituency.