Spio-Garbrah consults other aspirants on presidential ambition

Mr Spio-Garbrah

Mr Spio-Garbrah

A presidential aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ekwow Spio-Garbrah has indicated that his campaign team is currently doing intense consultations to decide his future of leading the party into the 2020 presidential election.

Like other aspirants, he questioned the propriety of the hype in the filing fees and recalled prior to the 2016 general election the party’s presidential aspirants paid GHȻ100, 000.

Mr Spio-Garbrah wondered the remarkable difference between a flagbearer and the party chairman or general secretary who paid 10,000 and 8,000 respectively to be elected into various positions barely a month ago.

His determination to recapture power for the NDC has been shaken by what some describe as extortionate nomination and filing fees for presidential aspirants.

Mr. Spio-Garbrah, a former Minister of Trade and Industry, is yet to decide whether to file or not to file, when enquired from him saying “broad consultations are being done both at home and abroad with politicians, religious leaders, students, youth and other interest groups on the way forward.

“There are various levels of consultations underway by the campaign team, of course I am also having conversation with other aspirants whether we have any collective position on the matter, I am sure my position on the issue will become clear and I am in a consultation mood.

“Since party functionaries have been complaining about the cost of living in the country, the “outrageous” GHȻ400,000 filing fees was not a good idea,” Mr. Spio-Garbrah bemoaned.

The party pegged nomination forms at GHȻ20,000 and filing fees at GHȻ400,000,  all non-refundable.

It is obvious former president John Mahama who has declared his intention to lead his party once again would not back out of the race.

Political watchers however expect some of the other potential aspirants to abandon their ambition due to the deterring filing fees to join other aspirants. -3news.com

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