Aspiring presidential candidate Boakye Agyarko has described the decision by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to allow only the National Executive Council to break the tie between him and Addai-Nimo as unconstitutional.
He has therefore refrained from the run-off election being organised to break the tie between himself and Francis Addai-Nimoh on Saturday, September 2, 2023.
He has therefore sent a letter to the party expressing his disagreement with the decision and the process for the run-off.
“I refuse to be a part of such an act that seeks to unjustly truncate a previously agreed upon process and cannot be part of what is about to be done on Saturday, 2nd September 2023. I cannot, with a clear conscience make such an impermissible concession to such an errant decision. I, therefore, respectfully, serve this notice to refrain from such a contest. As always, I wish the party well,” he said in a letter addressed to Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, Chairman of the NPP’s Presidential Elections Committee, dated August 31, 2023.
To break the tie between himself and Addai-Nimo, the party has decided that a run-off will be held on Saturday, September 2.
At a meeting held on Wednesday, it was agreed that members of the New Patriotic Party’s National Council should vote in the party’s September 2 run-off.
But Mr. Agyarko has disagreed with the decision stating that “It is totally unconstitutional that a sub-section (about 135 National Council members) of the Special Electoral College should assume the function on behalf of the 955 delegates who voted in the first round.”
“It is totally unacceptable to me that such an unconstitutional act can be perpetuated on the altar of expediency. Am I to surmise that the party did not know the cost implication? It is unconscionable that the rules of the game will be changed midstream. Rules and regulations that are flip-flopped in such a manner are only detrimental to fair play and justice. It is a clear violation of the party’s constitution and the guidelines for the Special Electoral College. It is an unconstitutional act which I cannot allow myself to be associated with,” he added.
Read the full statement below