National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Bernard Mornah has described the 420 thousand filing fees for the party’s presidential aspirant candidates of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as tantamount to selling or auctioning the party’s flagbearership slot by the roadside or donkomi.
According to him, it is hypocritical for the NDC which was at the forefront of berating and lampooning the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for pegging their filing fee at 85 thousand cedis in 2014 to turnaround and peg theirs at 420 thousand cedis, saying it is unprecedented in the history of the country.
‘’The fact that somebody is not good at raising funds does not mean the person does not have the knowledge and capacity to use his ideas and experience to help the party. What this means is that once you don’t have the money, you cannot bring your expertise to bear to push your party’’ he said.
Mr. Mornah described the move as pricing the country’s democracy for a party that prides itself in social democracy and which has been at the forefront of crying hardship in Ghana.
He is of the view that the various aspirants who have held various public offices and distinguished themselves creditably and have the experience are being treated with disdain by the same party that offered them the opportunity because of their expertise to serve the country.
‘’If you take a look at Bagbin for example, he has served almost in all the arms of government because as a lawyer he has served in the judiciary, as a member of parliament he has served in the legislature and as an executive he served as Minister in two Ministries. And such a person comes to complain and you don’t see value in it’’ he said.