‘NPP is not aware Addison is going independent, but he has no chance’-Bodinga
The Eastern Regional First Vice Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party [NPP], Alhaji Umar Bodinga says he can neither confirm nor deny media reports that lawyer Philip Addison was contesting the Akuapem North constituency seat as an independent candidate.
Reacting to reports of a decision by the lawyer to contest as an independent candidate after he was disqualified from the primaries, the party’s executive member said the only candidate he knows is contesting and will win the seat for the party is the Deputy Information Minister Nana Dokua Asiamah Adjei.
He said ”what I know is that we have only one candidate in the Akuapem North constituency. She is Nana Dokua Asiamah Adjei. We are filing her as our parliamentary candidate. And so, if someone is claiming Philip Addison is contesting as an independent candidate, I cannot confirm or deny. We have to wait till October to establish whether that is true or false.
He was optimistic under no circumstance can any independent candidate unseat the NPP’s candidate and incumbent MP.
”I have only seen one poster of Philip Addison in the constituency. The only candidate is Dokua. Anyone can paste posters but until the person files, we cannot confirm that there are other candidates contesting the race,” he added.
When asked if Addison could seat the incumbent MP he recounted how a candidate and strong NPP member went as an independent candidate but was defeated with over 17,000 votes.
A few weeks ago, posters of Philip Addison surfaced all over the constituency, copies of which have been made available online.
It has been gathered that some influential functionaries of the party are strongly behind him and have urged him to go for the seat as an independent candidate.
But Alhaji Bondiga says the party is unaware of that decision by the lawyer.