One of the aspirants for the presidential candidate slot of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is raising red flags about the activities of the party’s national executives, accusing them of working in favour of former president John Dramani Mahama.
According to Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, the newly elected national executives have made it abundantly clear through their activities that they are not ready to create a level playing field for all the aspirants who are contesting the flagbearership position of the party.
He notes that all the executives have at one point or the other publicly indicated their preference for the former president, who is seen as the front runner in the race.
Dr. Spio-Garbrah’s comments come on the back of the decision by the party to slap a fee of 400 thousand Ghana cedis on all aspirants as presidential filing fees and an additional 20 thousand Ghana cedis as cost of the presidential forms.
The move has received widespread condemnation from sections of the public who believe it is a deliberate move aimed at pushing the other contestants out of the race and to pave way for Mr. Mahama.
Some of the aspirants have indicated their intention to petition various quarters within the party structures to ensure that the figure is reviewed downwards.
One of them, Elikplim Agbemava has made it explicitly clear that he will not pay that amount and that if the party fails to reduce it, he will opt out of the race.