Lead counsel for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the landmark election petition, Philip Addison, has officially declared his intention to contest the Korle Klottey seat in the 2016 elections.
Addison said he has done enough consultations and is satisfied that he can beat incumbent MP Nii Armah Ashitey.
According to the lawyer, he will not ride on the camaraderie between him and the party’s flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo to snatch the seat for the main opposition party.
“You will not believe this but I have not discussed my candidature with Nana Akufo-Addo. I do not want his influence at this stage.
“I believe that I should, on my own steam, gauge the level of support for me. And at this stage I am fully satisfied with the kind of reaction I am receiving,” Addison told Accra-based Citi FM.
Addison, who shot into the limelight during the election petition, said he is convinced the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition will win next year’s general elections hands down to avoid another petition at the Supreme Court.
“The last elections led to a petition and now we are going to have another election and there will be no petition. This time round the NPP has to win the elections.
“When Nana Akufo-Addo wins as President, you need to have a majority in Parliament to assist him in governing the country and that is why I decided to step forward to assist,” Addison mentioned.
He said his “mum and dad are all from Osu” hence he is qualified to contest the seat.