The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has dismissed reports that a decision has been taken at a National Steering Committee to hold the parliamentary and presidential primaries on Saturday, April 25.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, April 21, Mr Boadu said no meeting has been held at any level of the party to review the date of the primaries since the president lifted the partial lockdown.
“Indeed, the last National Steering Committee meeting of the party was held on April 14, 2020, at which meeting, the party decided to suspend its primaries till further notice in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed by the President pursuant to EI 64.”
There was a memo making rounds on social media that a meeting was held on Monday to have the primaries come off as originally scheduled.
Some political opponents of the party had accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is the leader of the party, of lifting the partial lockdown due to political reasons, among which is to have the NPP elect its parliamentary candidates.
“It is pretty obvious that this fake memo was authored by some political mischief makers to create disaffection for the party and the President, whose popularity has soared significantly across the globe, having demonstrated great leadership in his handling of the COVID-19 situation in Ghana,” NPP’s General Secretary said in the statement.
He indicated that if any decision is taken, it will be officially communicated to the general public but until then “the party’s 2020 parliamentary and presidential primaries remain suspended, and the memo being circulated on social media is FAKE and should accordingly be treated with all the disdain that it deserves”.