In a petition to the CPP General Secretary by lawyers of the two CPP members—Thomas Abroni and Isaac K. Annan—and sighted by Soireenews, they are calling on the party to hold a new election to elect a new Chairman and Leader.
According to the petition, this has become necessary because none of the two leading candidates—Nana Akosua Frimpomaa Sarpong Kumankoma and Hajia Hamdatu—in the chairmanship race during the congress, managed to secure 50% of the votes as prescribed by the party’s constitution.
“We are informed by our clients to remind your good self and the august Party to the effect that at the last Congress held on or about the 24th August 2020 four (4) candidates contested for the position of Chairmanship/Leader namely: 1. Hajia Hamdatu 2. Oduro Kwarteng 3. Nana Akosua Frimpomaa Sarpong Kumankoma and 4. Mr Quansah.
We are further informed that in the said election, Nana Akosua Frimpomaa Sarpong Kumankoma came first with 915 votes representing about 46% of the total votes cast followed by Hajia Hamdatu with 682 votes.
From the foregoing, it is clear that no one thus becomes the Chairperson and Leader of the Party until the provision in clause (f) above has been complied with.”
Our clients inform us that since the aforesaid date (24th August 2020) the Party has not organised another election between the two leading candidates to wit; Nana Akosua Frimpomaa Sarpong Kumankoma and Hajia Hamdatu.
Our clients further say that even though as aforesaid, no election has yet been held pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Constitution, the Electoral Commission has sworn in candidate Nana Akosua Frimpomaa Sarpong Kumankoma which said act conspicuously sins against the Party’s Constitution,” the petition noted.
The petition asserted that “We are instructed by our clients to notify you that to the extent that a mandatory provision of the Party’s Constitution was not followed, the swearing-in notwithstanding, candidate Nana Akosua Frimpomaa Sarpong Kumankoma cannot lawfully act as the chairperson and leader of the Party.
“We are instructed by our clients to demand the holding of an election within one month from the date this letter is served upon your good self to elect a candidate as the Party’s Chairman and Leader,” the petition noted.
The petition stressed that “Please take notice and notice is hereby served upon you to the effect that upon your refusal, failure or neglect to comply with our humble demand as hereinabove stated, we shall not hesitate to file a lawsuit against the Party to compel it to do so.
In that case, the Party should anticipate washing its dirty linen in public in addition to the obligation to pay our legal fees and damages among other court costs.”