President’s challenger denied fresh forms

•   George Boateng (middle) being led away from the NDC party headquaters after he was denied the nomination forms.                              Photo:  Victor Buxton

• George Boateng (middle) being led away from the NDC party headquaters after he was denied the nomination forms. Photo: Victor Buxton

George Boateng, the 44-year-old man who wants to contest in the presidential primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) yesterday left the party’s headquarters dejected, after the executives of the party refused to sell nomination forms to him.

Mr. Boateng, a freight forwarder, visited the party’s headquarters at Adabraka in Accra to pick nominations forms to contest President John Mahama in the party’s primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

After waiting for about two hours, Mr. Boateng was told to go and return today to pick the forms, leaving him with only 24 hours to fill out the forms and seek endorsements from the party’s constituency offices throughout the country.

Speaking to reporters after his ordeal, Mr. Boateng said he would not allow what happened yesterday to deter his quest to lead the party into the 2016 elections.

He said when he went to the party’s headquarters, he was told that the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, was in a meeting and would be with him after the meeting.

“After waiting for over two hours, he (Mr. Nketia) sent somebody to tell me that he will not be available, and that, I should go and come back tomorrow (today). This is so unfair. Why is he refusing me?” he asked.

He alleged that the general secretary was deliberately dragging his feet to prevent him from contesting the president because he wanted the president to go unopposed.

“They do not want me to challenge the president. They want him to go unopposed. Asiedu Nketia is deliberately doing this to stop me,” he said.

Mr. Boateng said he notified the party of his intention to pick the nomination forms yesterday, after the forms he picked earlier was declared a falsified document by the General Secretary and wondered why the executives would deny him the forms.

“I will talk to my lawyers. If they prevent me, I will seek a court order to place an injunction on the elections until they accept my nomination forms,” he said.

When the Director of Elections of the party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo was contacted on Mr. Boateng’s claim, he declined to comment on the issue.

By Yaw Kyei

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