A lot of cash exchanged hands last Saturday at the primaries of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) which affirmed the monetisation of politics in Ghana following previous incidents.
At Ejura Sekyedumase in the Ashanti region for instance, a candidate showered delegates with cash but lost the polls to become the parliamentary candidate for the party in the constituency.
Series of stories of delegates taking monies from candidates emerged, a situation some reporters stated on Onua TV because some delegates confirmed themselves.
But, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, National Chairman of the party has expressed satisfaction with the turn of events after many candidates lost the poll after dashing out huge sums of money.
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To him, the outcome depicted the supremacy of the footsoldier. He says who becomes who in the NDC is not determined by wealth anymore.
“This election has demonstrated the supremacy of the footsoldier of the party. One notable thing that we found is that money cannot decide who gets the votes in NDC anymore,” he said after EC declared the results of the primaries.
The NDC national Chairman said “we heard stories about big men, potentially rich men who could win elections. They all could not win in spite of their wealth and riches and the stories we heard about what they were threatening to distribute.”
Meanwhile, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Franklin Fifi Kwetey has indicated the successful primaries of the party is the first step they are taking to flip power from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Addressing the media Sunday, May 14, 2023, right after the declaration of results, Mr. Kwetey assured supporters of the umbrella fraternity and the entire nation that the NDC will redeem Ghana from the poor leadership of the Akufo-Addo led administration.
He says the confidence reposed in the party leadership and the former President as the flagbearer will not be in futility as they will do everything possible to save Ghana from the bad leadership the NPP has given Ghanaians.
“For us this is the beginning of the journey towards 2024 and we want to assure all of our supporters across the length and breath of our country and also the larger population of Ghana that we are definetly going to make sure that this is the first of a long journey towards ensuring that we salvage this country come December 7, 2024.
“We are going to do everything possible to ensure that the confidence that is reposed not just in the leadership of the party but through this election, the confidence that has been reposed in His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, that confidence is not to go down at all,” he stated.
The Saturday, May 13, polls elected former President John Dramani Mahama with a whooping 98.9 per cent of the votes cast.
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