Political movement, Economic Fighters League (EFL) has extended an invitation to the former independent parliamentary candidate for Klottey Korle in the Greater Accra Region, Nii Noi Nortey to join the political pressure group.
Nii Noi Nortey fell out with the New Patriotic Party ahead of the 2016 general elections after losing the NPP parliamentary primaries in Klottey Korle constituency to Philip Addison. He forfeited his membership and went as an independent candidate, a move which he says he regrets but the NPP is yet to accept him back.
Due to that, the Economic Fighters League is opening its arms to the out-of-favour NPP man to join their movement.
In a press statement copied to ABC News on Wednesday, May 5, 2020, EFL justified that Nii Noi Nortey has been treated unfairly in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as far as the 2016 primaries and his subsequent candidature are concerned.
Although the fighters believe Nii Noi Nortey did no wrong, the treatment meted out to him was just because he is a youth.
“After the 2016 elections Mr. Nii Noi Nortey came under severe pressure to apologize to the leadership of the party and he did, something that many young people felt at the time was being required of him not because he was wrong but because he is Youth,” portions of the statement said.
Following this, the movement has lauded the former parliamentary candidate for showing courage and keeping his composure in all these unfair treatments and hence has invited him to join the EFL in order to form a united front to fight the unfair system in the country.
Portions of the statement read that “Nii Noi has demonstrated courage in the face of political harassment, intimidation and oppression simply because he is a young person. Indeed many young people are suffering silently in the mainstream political parties, especially if they dare to stand up for what is just.”
The movement further extended the invitation to other young politicians in the country who the fighters believe are not treated fairly in Ghana’s political arena to join the fighters so that together they can fight the nation’s systemic inequalities.
“If our governance is to be more developmental and inclusive, young people who constitute the majority in the population must be allowed room to freely participate without fear. We open our arms to Nii Noi Nortey and all young people in all political parties. They will always have a political home in the Economic Fighters League,” the statement signed by Hardi Yakubu, the Fighter-General invited.