The camp of one of the Presidential hopefuls of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof Joshua Alabi has begun soliciting funds to pay the GHC 420, 000 (420 million old cedis) which the party is charging as the cost of nomination forms and filing fee.
GhanaNewsPage.Com has sighted a platform created by the Joshua Alabi campaign team for this purpose.
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Members of the campaign team have started sending out art works to NDC platforms and to all members of the public appealing to them to donate to the campaign of Professor Alabi.
Interested contributors have been urged to ‘kindly dial *737*357# on MTN, Airtel-Tigo or Vodafone to donate to support the good old Professor who is on a mission to lead the NDC to attempt recapturing power from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2020.
The appeal for funds comes with a message from Prof Joshua Alabi which reads as follows:
“I intend to tackle corruption by first tackling the funding of political campaigns. That is why I have decided to build this mass movement on the convictions and donations of the Ghanaian citizens. This is my pledge that my allegiance will be to you”
It is believed that the decision to solicit for public support to fund the Alabi campaign follows the announcement of GHC 420, 000 as the cost of nomination forms and filing fee by the main opposition party, NDC.
This announcement was made by the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia at the end of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting yesterday.
“Female candidates will pay 50% less of the filing fee while there will be an additional reduction for aspirants with physical disabilities,” General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia announced.
The announcement has elicited reactions from most of the flagbearer hopefuls.
Alban Bagbin for instance has said the amount is simply outrageous and hence was shocked that some people within the party can arrive at that.
He opined that although he is capable of raising that amount, he would not do because it is against his convictions as a social democrat.
Raising such an amount, he added further, would amount to confirming that indeed, there is corruption within the higher echelons of the party.
Another aspirant, Stephen Atubiga has called on the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) to arrest any Flagbearer aspirant who pays that amount of money to the party.
“Any politician who will claim that he paid the amount of money (GHC 400,000) must be arrested, EOCO must arrest that politician, where did that person got that amount of money…,?” he quizzed.
Eleven persons have declared to contest the race and have since been crisscrossing the country trying to woo the party’s over 9,000 delegates to give them the nod to lead the party to victory in the 2020 elections.
They are former President John Mahama; Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin; a former Trade Minister, Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah; a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority, Mr Sylvester Adinam Mensah and a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Professor Joshua Alabi.
The rest are a banker and oil and gas consultant, Mr Nurideen Iddrisu; the MP for Cape Coast South, Mr George Kwaku Ricketts Hagan; a member of the NDC’s communication team, Mr Stephen Atubiga; a lawyer Mr Elikplim Agbemava and Mr David Doste Kwame Kuwadah, and Goosie Tanoh.
On November 17 the party’s delegates gathered in Accra to elect national executives.
Source: Ghana | GhanaNewsPage.Com