Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has defended the decision by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to charge aspirants for its flagbearer positions GH¢420,000 filing and nomination fees.
In Mr Agyapong’s estimation, every one of the flagbearer hopefuls was capable of paying the said amounts.
He has therefore described the those complaining about the charges as ‘liars’, who had the needed resources to pay the GHC 420,000 themselves even without the support of others.
“How can you be a President if you don’t have money to pay for filing fees? All of them are liars, Kojo Bonsu, Bagbin, Sylvester Mensah, Goozie Tanoh are all saying they can’t pay,” he queried on Adom TV’s “Badwam” Tuesday.
Mr Agyapong’s comments are in connection with what many have described as exorbitant fees the party is charging aspirants in their bid to lead the party into election 2020 as flagbearers.
The controversial MP opined that anyone willing to lead the country as President ought to have the ability to raise money.
“If you become president, within 4 years, all buildings in the country will be yours and so they should pay. If they can’t raise the money, then they should sit somewhere” he chided.
Mr Spio-Garbrah, together with seven others – Alban Bagbin, Sylvester Mensah, Stephen Atubiga, Nurideen Iddrisu, Goosie Tanoh, Kojo Bonsu and Elikplim Agbemava, want the nomination fees, or fees for collection of forms, to be pegged at GH¢ 5,000 and filing fees reduced to GH¢100,000.
This situation has been condemned by the eight apart from former President John Mahama, whose nomination form was picked on Monday by some loyal party supporters.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong is a Ghanaian politician and businessman who represents Assin Central in parliament for the New Patriotic Party. He was first elected a member of parliament in 2000 to the seat of Assin North. He retained his seat in the 2004 and 2008 parliamenary elections.