Sunday, August 31, 2008

Trouble brews at CPP Ellembele

Constituency Executives of the Convention People's Party (CPP) at Ellembele are up against the national executives of the party for wrongfully nullifying the re-election of their Member of Parliament, Mr. Freddie Blay.

The party hierarchy has therefore been given a 24-hour ultimatum to rescind its decision.

On Thursday evening, the Central Committee of the CPP nullified the parliamentary primary in the Ellembele constituency which elected Freddy Blay on 23rd August 2008.

The decision, which sparked controversy among party loyalists in the constituency, has since come under intense criticism.

Kwame Apreh, Education Secretary of the Constituency, told Joy News that the constituency would still regard Freddie Blay as its parliamentary candidate, and described the Central Committee's declaration as "vague and outmoded at best".

He alleged: "We have been aware of clandestine moves that the General Secretary and others have been making to ostensibly oust Freddie Blay as our MP."

He was not amused about the committee's conclusion; a move he alleged was part of a larger conspiracy by certain members of the party "to achieve their evil intention".

Mr. Freddie Blay, who is also the First Speaker of Parliament, was reported to have declared support for the presidential candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party, because he was convinced his party could not win the presidential election and urged it to focus on winning more parliamentary seats.

The decision was taken in his absence when he was attending a national assignment in South Africa.

In a telephone interview on News File, Joy FM's news analysis programme on Saturday, Mr. Blay denied the allegations and said he would confront the party's Central Committee to purge himself of any wrong doing.


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