PPP’s controversial Aseda testifies at EC; says he didn't endorse Nduom in C/R

Ayikoi Otoo
Ayikoi Otoo

Richard Aseda, whose contentious details led to the disqualification of Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, was Tuesday dragged to the Electoral Commission’s office to testify.

Counsel for Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, Ayikoi Otoo told journalists Aseda “owned up” to the Electoral Commission and was made to “Sign specimen signatures”.

The EC disqualified Dr. Nduom who is the presidential nominee of the Progressive People’s Party in October 10 because Aseda endorsed him twice at two different places in two different regions.

But when Richard Aseda met Commissioners of the EC today at the Chairperson’s chamber, he denied endorsing the forms in the Lower Hemang Denkyira.

“He doesn’t know any place called Lower Hemang Denkyira; he lives in Buem in the Jasikan district [in the Volta region]. He has got nothing to do with whatever happened in the Central region”, Ayikoi Otoo revealed to journalists.

He said Aseda’s name was subsequently removed from the forms and replaced with a different person.

“What we have done is to replace the Richard Aseda with someone else, and to replace the person who also signed in the Lower Hemang Denkyira with another person. So we have done a complete alteration by giving them two different subscriptions.

“The Richard Aseda is no longer on our form,” Ayikoi Otoo explained.

electionscommandThe Supreme Court on Monday ordered the EC to allow the 12 presidential nominees, who were disqualified because there were errors on their forms, to correct them.

Ayikoi Otoo, in the company of some leadership of the party and two sons of Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, was at the EC’s office to effect the necessary corrections to enable his client contest in the 2012 presidential election.

Even though the Electoral Commission identified at least 80 additional errors that the PPP’s candidate ought to rectify, Ayikoi Otoo indicated they were only concerned with the Aseda’s issue which led them to court. That hurdle, he insisted, has been cleared.

Asked if he was certain Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom would be cleared to contest the polls after that one error had been corrected, the counsel was not straightforward.

He was however confident if the EC is to go by Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court, “according to the law”, then his client’s nomination would be accepted.

By Isaac Essel |3news.com|Ghana

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