Philip Addison Goes Independent In Akuapem North Constituency

Poster of Lawyer Philip Addison Poster of Lawyer Philip Addison

Posters of Lawyer Philip Addison, have started emerging in the Akuapem North Constituency of the Eastern Region as an Independent Parliamentary Candidate in the December 2020 legislative elections.

This follows his disqualification from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary contest few months ago, paving the way for Nana Dokua Asiamah Adjei, the incumbent Member of Parliament for Akuapem North constituency, and a deputy minister of information in the Akufo-Addo government, to go unopposed.

The posters are in the blue, red, white and black colours of the NPP and has two state's swords crossed above the head of Lawyer Addison who was President Akufo-Addo's lead lawyer during the Election Petition hearing in 2013 at the Supreme Court, and where he rose to prominence in both the NPP as well as the country.

Amongst the inscription on the posters are Vote Lawyer Philip Addison, Independent Candidate, Akuapem North Constituency 2020, the People's Choice.

It is unclear, what prospects awaits Lawyer Addison, but reports are that he feels unfairly treated the by the NPP.

Lawyer Addison, who lost the Korle Klottey seat in the Greater Accra region during the 2016 elections, to Zanetor Agyemang Rawlings, was disqualified from contesting the Akuapem North seat because he "hasn't nurtured the party at the constituency".

One other parliamentary hopeful William Agyei Twumasi, who is the Bursar of Presbyterian College of Education, Akropong was also disqualified for allegedly using the party's logo fraudulently for his own health insurance other than the national health insurance.

Also, during vetting it was discovered that both of them had started campaigning openly before nominations were opened, which flouted the rules of engagement hence the need to disqualify them.

It was reported that it was clear at the vetting that the two disqualified candidates had little knowledge about the constituency they are vying for.

It came out that they didn't even know the number of polling stations in the constituency as well as the electoral areas.

Philip Addison, petitioned the party's national leadership over the issue saying his disqualification was "pre-meditated", in his petition, pleaded with the national leadership to probe the circumstances leading to his removal from the race.

He wanted the NPP leadership to reverse his disqualification to enable him to contest in the party's June 20 primaries.

He had said contrary to claims of failing to "nurture the constituency", he had "given assistance to the party for a long time stretching from the time of Lawyer W.O. Boafo and the previous executives to date."

Mr. Addison said some of his encounters with some members of the party in the constituency who were raising issues with his decision to contest for that seat made him believe his disqualification was premeditated, adding he had contributed his quota to the party, including handling legal cases for the NPP "pro-bono."

"I have worked hard to enhance the image of the party in the Constituency. I have established a rapport with all the chiefs in the Constituency and within this short space of time I have endeared myself to a majority of the delegates and the electorate…I pray that the Committee will find my contributions to the party worthy of recognition."

"I respectfully invite the Committee to look favourably on my petition, reverse the disqualification and allow me to contest the parliamentary primaries in the Akuapem North Constituency," Mr. Addison added in the petition.

But the party held its grounds and kept him out of the race.

Source: The Herald