Nii Noi Goes Solo

Disappointed New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary aspirant in the Klottey Korley constituency of the Greater Accra Region, Valentino Nii Noi Nortey, has finally declared his intention to contest the 2016 elections as an independent candidate.

The decision follows his botched ambition to become the party’s parliamentary candidate when in a recently held re-run election he was defeated by Lawyer Philip Addison.

Nii Noi had won an earlier contest involving himself, Addison and Nii Adjei Tawiah – a former parliamentary candidate – but the conduct of that election ended up in court, necessitating the re-run.

At a press conference in Accra yesterday, the disappointed young man said, “I have consulted widely; I have prayed to my God and spoken to my family and extensively considered the opinion of the kingmakers –   the electorate. I have arrived at the decision to resonate with the masses and declare that I, Valentino Nii Noi Nortey, shall contest as independent candidate in the 2016 parliamentary election, as the face of hope to the youth, women, elderly and to people who have believed in the streetism campaign.”

That, he said, was because “My bid to be the parliamentary candidate was frustrated from day one because I was deemed not to be the favourite of the ‘bigwigs.’”

“Even when it was clear I had the support of the masses and the voiceless, all attempts were made to ‘steal’ from us what rightly belongs to us,” Nii Noi said in an emotional voice that almost moved his supporters to tears.

“It is worthy to note that the machinations to kick me out from the contest by my opponents delayed and frustrated our constituency for three months, denying us of selecting our candidate.  Commentaries such as what my opponents were crying over should have come from Nii Noi Nortey, whose campaign had been frustrated by his fellow aspirants. They deployed all means within their plan to frustrate our constituency for almost three months,” he claimed.

That notwithstanding, he indicated, “I won the duly conducted election by the Electoral Commission with supervision from the regional party on 2nd August, despite the introduction of thuggery by fellow aspirants, who at a point had to seize electoral materials from the electoral officers present.”

What seemed to pain him was the fact that when he was about launching his campaign for the general election, Philip Addison and Nii Adjei Tawiah petitioned the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NPP against his election.

Default Judgment
But Nii Noi said he was surprised the current managers of the party failed to attend to the issues raised, leading to a default judgment against his candidature since the NPP failed to file any statement of defence.

He therefore feels betrayed by the party, saying the issue as to whether there should be a re-run was never tried on the merits of the case but the fact that the NPP failed to enter appearance and defence.

That aside, he said, “The election was to start at 8am but it began at 7am instead. There was no accreditation for delegates and my agent recorded a total of 715 votes, contrary to the figures being tossed around.”

It was for these reasons, according to Nii Noi, that he and his agents refused to append their signatures on the electoral documents after the election; hence, his decision to go independent and “there is no turning back on that decision.”

Dejected Nii Noi said his main focus was to serve the interest of his people at Klottey Korley; they can vote for anyone they want.

 By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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