Some big wigs of the NPP have reacted negatively to Nii Noi’s apology, considering the circumstances surrounding his exit from the party.
Former New Patriotic Party (NPP) member Nii Noi Nortey who opted to go independent during the 2016 elections, has returned with apologies to the party and its leader, President Nana Addo for a reconsideration.
Nii Noi won the initial primaries to contest the parliamentary seat of Klottey Korle constituency, on the ticket of the then opposition NPP. However, his main contender Lawyer Philip Addison challenged the integrity of the internal poll in court and won.
Indignant Nii Noi who was unsatisfied with the results had accused Lawyer Addison and some party executives for rigging the election after the second primary was called. However, Addison who won the rerun and represented the party in the general elections, still lost to Zanetor Rawlings.
After Nii Noi’s loss in the primaries, his supporters who were enraged by the circumstances leading to his defeat, pushed him to contest as an independent candidate. Nii Noi who subsequently heeded to the advice, went ahead to contest the seat as an independent candidate, despite persuasions from the NPP’s leadership to rescind his decision.
Nii Noi’s Apology
Remorseful of his mistakes, Nii Noi is now craving the indulgence of his former party, seeking to return as a full member. In his bid to make things right, the former NPP loyalist issued an apology in the media to President Akufo-Addo and other members of the NPP.
The former NPP Constituency Chairman for Klottey Korley pleaded with the President to forgive him for snubbing the NPP to contest the 2016 elections as an independent candidate. Nii Noi said this while speaking to Agoo TV’s Maame Broni on his birthday, Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
Conscience-stricken Nii Noi revealed in his apology, that former President John Kufour, now-President Nana Akufo-Addo and now-vice President Mahamadu Bawumia had spoken to him personally to back down, but he turned deaf ears on them.
The remorseful ex-NPP member pointed out that circumstances beyond his control caused him to turn deaf ears to the advice of the party pioneers. Nii Noi who stressed he still loved the NPP, pledged his willingness and readiness to work with the party once again.
Reactions from NPP Members
Nii Noi’s apology to the NPP has been followed by mixed reactions within and outside the ruling party. Some major stakeholders have expressed fears that the acceptance of the repentant ex-member would be tantamount to an intentional invitation of chaos into the party.
One of such NPP bigwigs, NPP’s Greater Accra Regional Chairman, Ishmael Ashitey who spoke on Citi Eyewitness News said it will be almost impossible for the party to trust Nii Noi once again. According to him, even if reconsidered, the ex-NPP loyalist might never be entrusted with an executive position.
Be that as it may, it is left for the party leadership to decide the fate of the returning ex-member. Since after Nii Noi’s apology, President Nana Addo, leader of the NPP has made no statements, but it is speculated he will do so in no distant time.