Court sets date for NPP ruling

Hoezame

An Accra Fast Track High Court will on September 30 deliver its ruling on an application filed by David Hoezame challenging the constitutionality of the composition of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Hoezame, a former constituency chairman for the Central Tongu branch of the NPP, contends that members of the council were handpicked just after he had filed a writ against the NPP and its Chairman. The NEC is one of the highest decision bodies of the NPP.

At Thursday’s sitting, the Court, presided over by Mr Justice K.A Ofori-Attah, heard submissions by the counsels for Hoezame, and the NPP.

Hoezame, who was not in court, was represented by Mr Peter Dadzie, while Mr Godfred Yeboah-Dame represented the NPP, and its chairman.

Mr Yeboah-Dame told the court that Hoezame’s application was “frivolous and vexatious”, adding that it should not be entertained by the court.

He said Article 4 of the NPP Constitution spelt out how grievances of members could be solved, which included the right to appeal, saying that, Hoezame, had not exhausted those avenues.

He noted that the NPP, which was the first defendant, was a voluntary organization, which gave citizens the right to join and it also had its own regulations, which could not be described as laws.

Mr Dadzie, however, argued that the composition of the NEC was handpicked.

According to Mr Dadzie, on June 17 this year, when his client, Hoezame filed writ, the NPP did not have any NEC in place, hence he could not have sent the matter to the council.

He contended that it was when the writ was filed that the party quickly formed the NEC, the NEC was thus not properly constituted.

The same court has dismissed two applications filed by Hoezame.

The court dismissed an injunction filed by Hoezame seeking to restrain the NPP and its Chairman, Mr Paul Afoko from holding meetings leading to the Super National Delegates Conference.

Hoezame also filed an action seeking to stop the Super Delegates conference but that was dismissed.

Credit: GNA