It is not unusual for politicians actively canvassing for votes to test their popularity during political seasons.
Traditional methods like door-to-door campaigns, mini-rallies, and donations to known and needy institutions are often the adopted strategies. Some even go to the extent of dishing out monies to convince delegates and votes to choose them.
It however appears a bit surprising that for a political contest, an aspirant would ask people to write an essay about him for a cash reward.
Unlike his peers, a flagbearer hopeful of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has decided not to use any of the old tricks. Instead, he is asking NDC communicators to write an essay about him, perhaps to test his popularity.
The competition, which was unveiled today, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 through an advertisement in the Daily Graphic, is expected to end on August 15, 2018, and it is limited to elected communication officers of the NDC branch, constituency and aspiring regional and national communicators.
Dr. Spio-Garbrah, an astute politician wants the NDC communicators to write an essay on the theme: “Why do you think Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah will be a good leader for the NDC and a very good president of Ghana.”
The winner will walk home with a cash sum of GHc3, 000, GHc2, 000 for the person who places second and GHc1, 000 for the third.
Those who place 4th and 5th will receive GHc500 each, whiles the 6th to 10th position will attract GHc200.
NDC presidential race
So far, Spio Garbrah, MP for Nadowli-Kaleo, Alban Bagbin, former NHIA boss, Sylvester Mensah, Joshua Alabi have so far given indications they will contest to lead the NDC as presidential candidates for election 2020.
Former President, John Dramani Mahama is however tightlipped over his ambitions of leading the NDC in the next election.
He had explained he wanted to focus on the party’s restructuring and healing process to make the NDC a stronger force in the elections 2020.
The NDC is expected to select its presidential candidate in September 2018.
94 NDC MPs endorse Mahama
Ahead of that, some 94 NDC Members of Parliament out of 106 have reportedly endorsed John Dramani Mahama to lead the party in the 2020 elections.
According to the leader of the 94 MPs, Edwin Nii Lantey Vandapuye, John Mahama is the only candidate who can lead the party to victory in the next polls.
“I can tell you that we have 94 MPs who have faithfully and critically endorsed our former President, John Mahama, to be the candidate once again. This excludes our leaders. The grassroots of this country, the majority of Ghanaians are crying for John Dramani Mahama and as such it will be wicked on our part not to listen to the plea and cries of Ghanaians by giving them who they prefer. So we are bringing back John Dramani Mahama and we are very sure in our minds that Ghanaians will this time accept him and overwhelmingly vote for him to become the next president in Ghana in 2021,” he added.
Produce the list of NDC MPs who endorsed Mahama
Meanwhile, an NDC flagbearer hopeful, Joshua Alabi, is livid over the endorsement.
A former NDC MP, who’s in the camp of Mr. Alabi, Nii Amasah Namoale, questioned the move and insisted that the purported list must be made public to ascertain its authenticity.
“They should publish the names of those MPs because I am hearing some MPs are denying that they have not signed anything yet their names are on the lists,” Mr. Namoale said on Eyewitness News on Tuesday.