NDC Aspirants Paid Costs

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Discreet reports reaching DAYBREAK indicates that all candidates for the last flagbearer contest aside John Mahama have been paid their campaign liabilities and costs by the party said to be broke.

Though it is not clear the quantum of cash received by each candidate, top party sources say it runs into millions.

Calls by DAYBREAK to check details drew a blank from even friendly candidates, confirming that some settlement has been reached ahead of a running mate announcement before July 1, 2019.

DAYBREAK also learnt that the payments were proportional to votes gained by respective candidates, with running mate hopeful Professor Joshua Alabi picking the highest.

In the run up to the controversial campaign, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) embraced proposals from its Council of Elders by reducing the filing fee for aspirants seeking to contest the presidential primaries to GH¢300,000 over which opposing contestants had fought John Mahama in unison.
The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) acting on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party had agreed to the amount and reviewed the guidelines for the primaries.
Female contestants were to pay GHc150, 000, while Persons With Disabilities were billed to pay only GH¢100, 000.

All the aspirants, aside from former President John Mahama, had petitioned the party’s Council of Elders over the filing fees and other grievances.
Certified results from the Electoral Commission show that John Mahama, at the end of the NDC’s primaries secured an overwhelming 213,487 votes, representing 95.23 percent of the total valid votes cast, with the other six contenders managing just about 4 percent.

A former Vice-Chancellor of University of Professional Studies; Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi came second with 3,404 votes, representing 1.52% of the total valid votes cast.

The Second Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament for Nadowli/Kaleo, Mr Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin, despite a spirited campaign, polled 2,301 votes, representing 1.03% of the total votes cast, placing third.

GoosieTanoh, founder of the Reformed Party, a breakaway group from the NDC came fourth with 2,091 votes respectively representing 0.93%.

The former Trades and Industry Minister in the Mahama government, Ekwow Spio Garbrah, received 1,447 votes, which represent 0.65% of the total votes.

Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester Mensah, secured 934 of valid votes cast, representing o.42 percent, while businessman Nurudeen Iddrisu placed seventh, with a paltry 520 votes, representing 0.23%.

About 224,184 total valid votes were recorded, while 1,337 total votes were rejected.

Source: Daybreak

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