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NPP Primaries: Disgruntled candidate curses following disqualification

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Appiah-Kubi Baidoo, a candidate for the NPP parliamentary primary in the Sehwi Akontombra seat, was disqualified following the screening process for allegedly supporting an independent candidate in the district-level election.

Appiah-Kubi Baidoo, a former constituency chairman and District Chief Executive during former President John Agyekum Kuffour’s rule, was disqualified after two electoral area coordinators filed a petition against him.

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The petition charged the previous DCE with betraying the party by generating uncertainty and disappearing after the general elections.

In addition, the petitioners emphasized the previous DCE’s sponsorship and support of an independent candidate rather than an NPP candidate in the recent District Level Elections.

This decision led in the loss of the seat to the NDC candidate, a significant move given that the NPP had held the Akontombra seat for nearly a decade.

Appiah-Kubi Baidoo was also disqualified for failing to file the nomination form despite picking it up.

The vetting committee made this conclusion based on the aspirant’s identity mismatch, observing that he held the name Appiah-Kubi Baidoo on all identification documents yet presented Thomas Appiah-Kubi Baidoo on the checks (payment orders) filed for filing fees and development costs.

Appiah-Kubi Baidoo was also charged by the petitioners of not actively participating in party operations beyond paying dues.

Following his disqualification, Appiah-Kubi Baidoo passionately disputed all claims and went on to utter curses in an attempt to assert his loyalty.

Meanwhile, other aspirants who were successfully cleared to contest expressed their commitment to winning the primaries and breaking the eight-year government chain in the media.

 

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