At a joyous occasion when the Muslims community jubilant on the second slot of the upcoming Congress slated for 23rd February .
This aimed at to ensued that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearership race to elect presidential candidate for the 2020 general election slated for February 23, 2019.
The party seems to be working in line with its new election time table released by The National Executive Committee (NEC) as they have successfully vetted all the seven (7) aspirants on January 22, 2019 and balloted which took place on, January 23, 2019 at the party’s National Headquarters.
At the end of balloting Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and flagbearer hopeful Alban Bagbin picked the number one spot.
Nurudeen Iddrisu picked the 2nd slot with former President John Mahama, Slyester Mensah, Spio Garbrah, Goosie Tanoh and Joshua Alabi settling for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th slots.
Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin
Ekwow Spio Garbrah
Sylvester Adinam Mensah
Goosie Augustus Obuadum Tanoh
Professor Josua Alabi
The balloting is done and campaign can kick start no one has been disqualified. In an exclusive interview with the media in Accra, Alhaji Nurudeen said the picking the number two position on the ballot signify the victory for him to lead the NDC in 2020. “In 2012 the then flagbearer of the NDC picked the number two position and secure victory and this will replicate on the election day” he noted. He expressed confidence of wining the upcoming primaries with the slogan “two sure two direct”
All the five aspirants were duly vetted at the NDC’s headquarters on Tuesday with each person expressing confidence of emerging victorious in the party’s presidential primary.
The NDC’s Acting Director of Elections, Bede-Ziedin, told the media that printing of ballot papers will take place from 3rd to 17th February 2019, after which they would be forwarded to all their constituency centres where the election will be held.
But for an injunction on the NDC’s presidential election, the party would have conducted the exercise before the end of January 2019.
The NDC eventually agreed to declare its guidelines for the presidential primaries null and void after contentions over transparency and the filing fees which was reduced along the line.
Besides agreeing to hold the elections in a free fair and transparent manner, the party also agreed to consider the GHc 300,000 not as filing fees only, but also as a contribution by the towards the cost of the primaries.
By Joseph Nana Yaw Cobbina