The Ashanti Regional Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Sam Pyne has slammed the opposition NDC party for charging GHC400,000 as filing fees for Presidential aspirants when the party has consistently claimed Ghanaians are reeling under hardship under President Akufo Addo.
The NDC has pegged the filing fees for Flagbearer hopefuls at GHC400,000.
The Presidential aspirants are also to pay an amount of GHC20,000 to pick their forms to contest in the race scheduled for January 19,2019. The amount will however be halved for women and aspirants with physical disabilities.
But commenting on the development in an interview on Ejura Sekyedumase based Naagyei 90.3 Fm, Sam Pyne told Morning Show host, Henry Lord that the NDC must bow their head in shame after charging such exorbitant nomination and filing fees when the party claims to be social democrat.
“This party claims says it is social democrat who are there for the ordinary people and now, see how they are offering their flagbearership slot for the highest bidder.
“Is it a birthday present they offered to ex President Mahama yesterday? They appear to be giving credence to the assertion that the party deliberately pegged the filing fee to such absurd amount to discourage others from contesting Mr Mahama so that his votes and percentage will go up to like 85% during the election so that they’ll say he’s popular. If the contestants are many, Mahama’s percentage of winning will be low. We know all these political tricks.”
Sam Pyne added: “We as politicians should all come together and condemn the ‘moneycracy’ which is gradually being entrenched in our politics, otherwise this country will in the future be sold to the highest bidder who may not necessarily be competent. That will be a dangerous situation.”