Professor Alabi never agreed to a boycott of picking of nomination forms-Aide

Special aide to Professor Joshua Alabi, one of the aspiring presidential candidate aspirants, Benjamin Essuman, has disclosed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, his boss did not append his signature to portion of boycott in the petition some 8 aspirants sent to the leadership of the party over the cost of the filing fee.

He indicated that Professor Alabi was not in Accra when the aspirants met but asked two persons including lawyer Adawudu to go and represent him at the meeting.

He said after the meeting was held, a petition was agreed upon and his boss Alabi agreed to it but did not agree to the decision by the aspirants to boycott the picking of nomination forms.

Eight of the 12 people aspiring for the flag bearer position of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have decided to boycott the picking of nomination forms.

They have also petitioned the National Council of Elders of the party, under the chairmanship of the Founder, former President Jerry John Rawlings, to intervene to prevent irreparable harm to the party.

The decision of the aspirants follows the setting of what they have described as ‘outrageous’ filing fee by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.

The aspirants who signed the petition, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin; a legal practitioner, Elikplim Agbemava; a former Minister of Trade, Ekow Spio-Garbrah; a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority, Sylvester Mensah; a former Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu; Nurudeen Iddrisu; Stephen Atubiga and Goosie Tanoh.

They have also requested the Council of Elders to investigate the matter and request NEC to institute a process for preparing primary electoral guidelines, in consultation with the Council of Elders, the aspirants and other stakeholders.

Those, they said, must include a fee of GHȼ5,000 for the collection of forms, a filing fee of GHȼ100,000, an endorsement period of six weeks, as well as a polling date in the first week of March 2019.

But Mr Essuman told Kwabena Agyapong that Professor Alabi would pick his nomination form today [Tuesday].

He said, Professor Alabi has decided to pick the form because he feels the grassroots have not been treated and well and wants to bring hope to hem by filing even if the cost is increased to GHc1 million.

He told the host Professor Alabi is committed towards changing the narrative and represent a face of new leadership towards victory 2020.

According to him, Professor Alabi believes that the party was built on principles and values hence the need to maintain these principles.

He wondered why the cost for filing has been increased by more than 800 percent, a situation he lamented defeats the values and principles of the party.

He was of the opinion that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), is the party that trades democracy for money and sells their positions to the highest bidder.

‘’The NDC is not known to be a corrupt party, it is not a party that trades positions to the highest bidder. It is the NPP known to be corrupt and a party that monetize their internal polls. We should not copy them. We have to maintain our values and principles.’’

Benjamin Essuman also rubbished claims that his boss failed to contribute towards the national leaders race.

Chairman for the Greater Accra Region, Mr Axde Coker has disclosed it was only former President John Dramani Mahama who contributed towards the internal race although all the aspirants were admonished to contribute.

But he said, ‘’It is a lie. Ade Coker has lied. He should disclose the location, date and chair for that meeting where the aspirants were asked to contribute.’’

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