Opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) flag-bearer hopeful, Professor Joshua Alabi, on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 picked the party’s flag-bearer nomination form against his earlier decision that he was not in favour of the Ghc420,000 being charged for the forms and the filing fees.
What looks like a betrayal on his part as he was among the disgruntled 8 aspirants who kicked against the above amount of money, the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) said he refused to endorse a petition over the organisation of the presidential primary because it contained threats.
“When you are petitioning senior colleagues, you don’t issue threats,” he relayed advice he gave eight disgruntled flag-bearer hopefuls.
The displeased presidential aspirants in a 10-page petition made a case to a change in date for the primary, accused the national executives of bias and called for the handing over of the entire process to the Electoral Commission (EC) to manage.
But the big issue and trigger for the petition was the setting of the filing fees at 400,000 cedis – a 700% jump – and the nomination forms at 20,000 cedis.
They said, they will boycott the process if the issues were not resolved.
Prof. Alabi, said, he agreed with all the issues raised in the petition.
“The filing and nomination fees are exorbitant and “completely illegal”, he criticised.
“It is clearly stated in our constitution that there must be consultation with elders of the party” before announcing the fees,” he said.
He said he would continue the fight against the fees but that would not stop him from picking the forms.
Four persons from his campaign team—Kojogah Adawudu, Nii Amasah Namoale and Richard Quashigah—picked the form Tuesday afternoon, December 4, 2018 and issued a cheque of 20,000 cedis for the forms.
According to him, he made it clear to his co-competitors during meetings over the drafting of the petition, their case was strong on the force of reason.
The additional threats were needless, he indicated and said the Council of Elders deserved more respect.
Prof. Alabi said, “the threats amount to tying the hands of exactly those whom you are seeking audience for a resolution in your favour.”
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