One of the aspirants in the upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primary, Stephen Atubiga says the GHc420, 000 cost for filing and nomination form is not a problem for any aspirant.
He told Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5 Fm that all the aspirants have spent more than GHc350, 000 since they started their campaign to appeal for the votes from delegates.
He was however quick to add that, the cost being charged is exorbitant and added that if the cost is more than the cost a man uses to marry his wife, then it is not the best.
The race to be a leader he said should not be sold out to the highest bidder or the one who is seen wealthier.
Aspirants he stated should be able to raise their own funds for their campaign and not depend on people who may include lawless people and may want a reward or a favour in return.
‘’Should I allow a drug baron to sponsor my campaign? Should I allow ‘sakawa’ boys to sponsor my campaign so I protect them from their lawless activities?
The situation where people are seen sponsoring candidates is fraught with a number of challenges and may breed corruption.
He was of the view that the cost will paint the party in a negative light.
He has also admonished the party to see the candidates behind close door and appeal to them for funds, reduce the amount in the public domain to ensure that the NDC does not get a bad name in the eyes of Ghanaians.
Eight of the aspirants have called on the party to reduce the cost to GHc100, 000.
Some of them including Alban Bagbin has hinted of pulling out of the race should the cost be maintained.
“I will not pick the form and I will not file and I will make it known that it is not because I cannot mobilse” he said.
All male flag bearer aspirants of the party are to pay GH₵400,000 while female aspirants (so far none has declared interest) are to pay GHȻ200,000 while persons with disability aspiring to the same position are to pay GH₵150,000.
Meanwhile, former President Jerry John Rawlings has expressed concern about the whopping increase in the filing fee for the presidential primary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and called on the party’s National Executive Committee to take a second look at the decision.
The Founder of the NDC cautioned that certain actions or decisions could either be a reflection of the circumstances of the NDC’s birth or “mark a departure from where we are coming from as a party”.
“I doubt if anyone of us who has served with integrity, relying on our salaries can raise these filing fees unless we engaged in some unethical behaviour while in office; Unless we abused or misused our positions during our tenure,” the Founder said.