The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, has said that the current number of 13 aspirants seeking to contest the flag bearer opening of the party may reduce when the party takes them through the eligibility procedure.
As indicated by him, the party would take the applicants through a “pruning process”, stating that there was the probability that the number would decrease.
Responding to media reports in which he was claimed to have said that a portion of the competitors were unfit, he disclosed to the Daily Graphic that, “What I said with respect to the presidential hopefuls was that when we experience the pruning forms, perhaps the number would lessen. I have never said a few or any of the presidential competitors are unfit.”
The 13 aspirants
Some personalities who have already communicated their intention to join the race include the former President, John Dramani Mahama; the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin; a former Finance Minister, Dr Kwesi Botchwey; a former Deputy Finance Minister, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, and a legal practitioner, Elikplim Agbemava.
The others include Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Prof. Joshua Alabi; a former Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah; a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority, Sylvester Mensah; a former MCE of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu; Nurudeen Iddrisu; Stephen Atubiga; Goosie Tanoh and David Dotsey Kwami Kuwadah.
Clarifying the circumstance further, Mr Ofosu Ampofo said there were rules that every one of the aspirants should fulfill, and that when those rules were connected, a portion of the applicants may have failed the eligibility test.
Fulfilling party guidelines
“There is a rule that one would need to fulfill and I accept when those rules are connected per the gathering’s constitution, the number may lessen in light of the fact that some may not qualify by the models that would be set,” Mr Ofosu Ampofo pushed.
He proceeded to state “some may not have the cash to pay the documenting charge. These are things that dependably occur”.
Per the timetable of the party, the race of a banner carrier was to have occurred on December 7, 2018 after the effective holding of the party’s national representatives’ congress which was initially planned for November 3, 2018.
Be that as it may, the representatives’ congress was put off and hung on November 17, 2018, a change that in this way influenced the date for the election of a flag bearer.
To that impact, the gathering needed to acquaint an alteration with its constitution to empower the banner carrier decision to be held later than the December 7, 2018 date, a change that was effectively brought through at the party’s congress recently.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo, reacting to an inquiry on when the flag bearer election would be held, said the party had a timetable to pursue, and in perspective of that, it had chosen to hold an introduction for its recently elected executives.
“So that is one part of the reasons why we have decided to hold an orientation for the newly elected executives. We will also have a national executive committee (NEC) meeting as part of the orientation and that NEC meeting would have to discuss the final timetable for the holding of the presidential primary because NEC would have to approve of the timetable and the date,” he said.
He, along these lines, communicated the expectation that before the finish of the three-day introduction which would be peaked with a NEC meeting, the gathering would have turned out with a reasonable timetable.
“Taking all things into account, by the end of the first quarter of 2019, we would have held the presidential primary. We won’t go past the first quarter of 2019,” he clarified.