Some branch executives of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Techiman South Constituency are mounting pressure on the leadership of the party to withdraw the ongoing election petition at the Wenchi High Court.
According to the members, the election petition is hampering plans of the party to deal with internal party wrangling and to plan towards the 2024 general election.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, one of the executives, Kwadwo Adjei, called on the leadership of the party to withdraw the petition and concentrate on plans for victory in 2024.
“The internal problem is very big, so we want the leadership to look back at the toil of branch executives like us, which even led to the defeat, and concentrate on the internal issues to get resolved so that we can secure victory,” he said.
He said the petition had made it difficult for the party to mend its internal wrangling, a situation which he says can lead to a potential defeat of the party in the next election.
According to him, the branch executives of the party are not happy with the turn of events, hence the call.
He also lashed out at the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, for his handling of the case, and called on the national and regional executives of the party to persuade the 2020 parliamentary candidate, Christopher Beyere Baasongti, to “forget” about the case so that he can concentrate on the next elections.
The election petition was filed by Mr Baasongti against the Electoral Commission (EC) and Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, the declared winner, at the Wenchi High Court for irregularities in collation of results and subsequent declaration.
The case was last heard on Wednesday, July 14.
Presiding judge Justice Frederick Arnold Nawurah adjourned hearing to Friday, July 30.