A flag bearer hopeful of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Elikplim Agbemava has descended heavily on the General Secretary of his party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah (General Mosquito) over the filing fee the party slapped on all flag bearer aspirants.
After a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at the party’s Headquarters in Accra on Thursday, the General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, noted that nominations forms for the aspirants will cost GHȼ 20,000 and filing fee will cost GHȼ 400,000, adding that filing fee for women and persons with disabilities will be GHȼ 200,000.
A number of the aspirants have raised eyebrows over the fee, with some suggesting it should be reduced since it is at variance with the Social Democratic philosophy of the NDC, a claim the General secretary has rubbished.
But Mr Agbemava, a private legal practitioner, believes quoting such an amount as the filing fee for NDC flag bearer aspirants “is a corrupt betrayal of the trust the rank and file [of NDC] put in the executives.”
In a Facebook post on Saturday, December 1, 2018 Mr Agbemava, who is convinced the amount was the machinations of the General secretary, attacked Mr Asiedu Nketiah saying “General Mosquito is the biggest threat to the growth and transformation of the NDC. The absolute power he pretends to wield is nauseating.”
“The many cadres whose toil and labour is the glory we share in the NDC never asked the current executives to pay such ridiculous amount before they join or occupy any position in the NDC. The 420,000 filing fee is a corrupt betrayal of the trust the rank and file put in the executives,” he said.
“He [Asiedu Nketiah] has put a price on service to our mother Ghana. To him that costs 420,000 cedis. This is somebody whose background needs no introduction. Instead of ensuring that more like him are able rise from the abyss of social isolation to serve GHANA at the highest levels he shamelessly condones the marginalization of the grassroots from mainstream politics. The earlier we get rid of him the better.”
Social Democracy Not Poverty
Despite the sharp reactions from the aspirants, the General Secretary of the party, Mr Asiedu Nketia, believes the party’s decision to charge that amount does not mean the NDC is not a social democratic party.
At the party’s Headquarters on Thursday, he explained that the party intended to use the monies to organize the party’s presidential primaries.
“The cost of living is high but somebody must pay the cost of running the elections; who is going to pay?…I have not declared to be a presidential candidate so those who have declared to be presidential candidates must pay the cost”, he said to journalists and added that “Social democracy is not poverty.”