Dr. Kwabena Duffour Withdraws Injunction, and Matters Arising
Dr. Kwabena Duffour, a flagbearer hopeful of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has decided to withdraw his injunction application against the party’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary primaries, scheduled for Saturday, May 13.
This comes after discussions between Dr. Duffour’s team and party officials, leading to a mutual agreement to discontinue the legal action.
At first, the Dr. Duffour campaign team had voiced doubts over the veracity of the list of registered voters taking part in the upcoming elections. The campaign team for Dr. Duffuor had claimed that it had not been given a complete list of those eligible to vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections on May 13.
They sought a court injunction to postpone the elections until a more precise list could be compiled, urging the party to engage with the candidates to resolve this issue. He requested that the court postpone the elections so that the party could work with the candidates to develop a plan for creating an accurate voter list.
Dr. Kwabena Duffour, one of three candidates for president, made the decision to drop his lawsuit on May 12 in favor of resolving the issues within the party.
This decision was influenced by the advice of another flagbearer aspirant, Kojo Bonsu, who encouraged Dr. Duffour to consider the party’s interests and engage with the Council of Elders, National Executives, and the Election Directorate to find an amicable solution to the issues surrounding the election processes.
The withdrawal of Dr. Duffour’s injunction clears the way for the NDC to proceed with its parliamentary and presidential primaries, aimed at selecting a flagbearer and candidates for the upcoming 2024 elections.
The Accra High Court, upon the request of Dr. Duffour’s legal team, struck out the injunction application, with no opposition from the NDC’s legal team or the Electoral Commission.
The NDC had already made efforts to rectify the errors highlighted by Dr. Duffour’s team, and they argued that the suit filed by Dr. Duffour was without legal grounds and should be dismissed.
They deemed the case frivolous and incompetent, asserting that the plaintiff had failed to demonstrate in his pleadings and affidavit that granting the injunction was just or convenient.
In preparation for the 2024 elections, the NDC is now anticipated to move on with its primaries on Saturday, May 13, to choose a flagbearer and parliamentary candidates.