General News of Monday, 3 December 2018
Disgruntled eight NDC presidential hopefuls are prepared to sacrifice their ambition in a fight for a decrease in the nomination and filing fees increased by an astronomic 700%.
Nurideen Iddrisu who spoke for the eight aspirants told Joy FM’s Top Story, “disqualify us, we don’t really care”.
The eight have less than 24 hours to pick a nomination form or rule themselves out of contention in a race that had at least 10 people expressing interest.
They have used the first of three days of nomination to send a petition to the party’s Council of Elders demanding the fees be slashed from 400,000 cedis to 100,000 cedis for the filing.
They also want the presidential primaries to be held in January 2019 pushed to March to allow effective campaigning.
The petitioners also do not trust ‘biased’ national executives and want the Electoral Commission invited to take over the process to choose the next flagbearer.
Nurideen Iddrisu, who once lost a contest to become national youth organiser said their fight is about greater social inclusion in the choice of a flagbearer.
“We are prepared to sacrifice our political ambition”, he told host Evans Mensah.
“If they decide not to listen to us…we can’t do much” he resigned his fate to the outcome of any intervention by the Council of Elders.
The presidential hopeful was hopeful the Council will intervene Tuesday. Already the NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said he is open to a discussion on the petition.
But he urged stakeholders to come to that meeting with “open hearts”. He has explained the filing fees are needed to meet the 8m cedi budget for the primaries.
Mr. Iddrisu also revealed the petitioners are expected to hold another meeting as the clock counts down to the close of nomination Wednesday.