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NPP Primaries: Ambrose Derry accused of using ‘rough tactics’ to disqualify his contender

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Ambrose Dery, Member of Parliament for the Nandom area, and the executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in his area have been accused of plotting to disqualify his candidate for the party’s parliamentary primaries on January 20.

According to Alois Mohl, a disqualified NPP parliamentary candidate, the vetting committee for the parliamentary primaries informed him that he would not be vetted because he did not react to a petition from constituency executives.

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He stated that members of the vetting committee stated that they would not vet him since he had forfeited his membership in the party even before selecting the nomination form for the primaries by failing to react to the petition.

He said that the party’s constituency leaders accused him of backing an independent candidate and campaigned against Ambrose Derby during the parliamentary elections in 2012, 2016, and 2020, something he had previously denied.

Alois Mohl stated that he did not react to the petition because he believed it was nothing more than a letter with no proof of him lobbying against the present MP.

He said that he was obliged to choose the nomination form for the party’s primary at the national office because both the party’s regional and constituency leadership were determined to prevent him from running against Ambrose Dery.

“… you have accused me of campaigning against our parliamentary candidate in 2012, 2016 and 2020, but you took no action. And in 2023 there is an opportunity for anyone who wants to become an MP to pick a form and then you now want to invoke these proceedings, that clearly is bad fate,” he said as he was addressing the press after his disqualification on January 5, 2024.

He went on to say that the “body language of the executives” told him they had already made up their minds not to allow him to contest Ambrose Dery.

 

 

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