NPP denies releasing new date for its primaries – Official Statement

NPP Chairman, Freddie Blay and General Secretary, John Boadu

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says no new date has been announced for its presidential and parliamentary primaries as being circulated.

The ruling party was scheduled to hold its primaries on Saturday, April 25, but suspended it indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis that has led to a national ban on social gatherings.

Earlier this week, there were reports of a leaked memo suggesting the party’s National Steering Committee had decided to go ahead with the election of its flagbearer and parliamentary candidates for the December 2020 polls.

But the NPP has denied the reports saying no decision has been taken on the date for the conduct of the elections and that information contained in the said memo should be disregarded.

“The party wishes to state unequivocally that it has NOT issued any such statement/memo and there has not been any emergency National Steering Committee meeting on April 20, 2020, as claimed in the said fake statement/memo,” the party said in a statement.

It added that the decision taken to indefinitely suspend its primaries at the last Steering Committee meeting still holds.

“The party has, till date, not met at any level, to review this position following the President’s decision to lift the partial lockdown imposed on some major cities in the country. And, as the party has always done, if any such decision is taken, same will be communicated,” it said.

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Below is the NPP’s full statement

NPP HAS NOT ISSUED ANY MEMO REGARDING THE PARTY’S 2020 PARLIAMENTARY AND PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES

The attention of the NPP has been drawn to a supposed leaked internal memo purportedly coming from the National Steering Committee of the party announcing a new date for the party’s 2020 parliamentary and presidential primaries.

The party wishes to state unequivocally that it has NOT issued any such statement/memo and there has not been any emergency National Steering Committee meeting on April 20, 2020, as claimed in the said fake statement/memo.

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.

The party has, till date, not met at any level, to review this position following the President’s decision to lift the partial lockdown imposed on some major cities in the country. And, as the party has always done, if any such decision is taken, same will be communicated to the general public through our official platforms including the party’s website: (newpatrioticparty.org)

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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.

Finally, the NPP wishes to state for the avoidance of doubt that until otherwise communicated, 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.

Thank you.

JOHN BOADU

GENERAL SECRETARY

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