A Deputy Director of Communication of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Ernest Owusu Bempah has criticized the Mahama camp following the withdrawal of former Finance Minister Dr Kwabena Duffuor from the presidential race of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mr Bempah believes that the camp of John Mahama frustrated Dr Duffuor who he said was seeking for probity and social justice.
“Mahama and his cult should bow down their heads in shame. They gang up against Duffour which is pure political desperation and undemocratic Conduct. Duffour saw the evil machinations of the Mahama group to rig the election for Mahama at all costs hence his withdrawal from the race
“The decision of the NDC national executive to take the case out of court defeats their party principles of probity accountability and social justice they tout themselves for Duffour was seeking for probity and social justice but he was denied. It shows NDC has become Mahama cult, personal parochial individual agenda,” he said in a short statement reacting to Dr Duffuor’s withdrawal.
Dr Duffuor justified the decision to pull out of the presidential race after indicating that the party was not ready to conduct a free and fair election.
Taking part in such an election, he said, would be akin to knowingly drinking from a poisoned calabash.
At a press conference in Accra on Friday May 12, just a day to the elections, he said”“At the meeting chaired by the former speaker of parliament, Rt Hori Edward Doe Adjaho, all stakeholders at the meeting agreed that the Party Chairman, Johnson Asiedu Nketia would immediately set up a technical team comprising the technical representatives from the 3 presidential aspirants and the party’s election committee to determine how soon the irregularities with the voters register could be resolved in readiness for the Presidential primaries.
“The technical committee was to subsequently submit a report to parties after this had been determined As I speak with you, our technical team is currently at the Party headquarters to undertake this activity.
“However, despite the assurances given to myself and my team by the Chairman of the party, the executives of the party, in a complete and unacceptable breach of faith, went ahead to convene a press conference announcing that the elections would go ahead tomorrow, without having resolved the concerns surrounding the voters register as decided at the meeting of the Council of Elders.”
Dr. Duffuor added that “My concerns that the party is not ready to conduct free and fair election is evident for all to see. Taking part in such would be akin to knowingly drinking from a poisoned calabash. After consulting with my support base nationwide, I have been left with no choice but to withdraw from the Presidential election as I cannot contest in an election which is blatantly fraught with irregularities regardless of all my efforts to draw attention to same.”
Dr Duffuor filed an injunction application against the primaries but withdrew it from the court.
“The plaintiff avers that the partial delivery of the Photo Album to his representatives on 4th May 2023 was in itself out of time considering the magnitude of the verification exercise required of them before the internal elections of 13th May 2023,” portions of the application said.
The campaign team Dr Duffuor earlier demanded postponement of the May 13 Presidential Primaries over what it describes as a flawed register.