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Politics of Saturday, 8 December 2018


Mahama’s campaign donors were ‘rented’ – NPP MP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Gomoa West Constituency, Alexander Abban, has suggested that the hundreds of people who queued to contribute towards former President John Mahama’s NDC flagbearership bid were “rented”.

According to him, their action smacked of “sycophancy.”

Speaking on the Big Issue on Saturday, Mr. Abban said he was convinced that most of those who showed up did so perhaps because of financial inducement.

“What happened there is just symptomatic of the display of sycophancy, cosmetic…. They were rented people,” he said.

He cited his personal observation that most electorates were more interested in the value of monies they received from candidates than the actual message of aspirants.

He said the developments surrounding the NDC’s flagbearership campaign suggests that the position is being sold to the highest bidder.

“We have reduced it [elections] to the highest bidder, and that is exactly what the NDC has done. And we play the Ostrich and we if don’t discuss that now, there will be a time when we will just have a bunch of stupid people in parliament and the only reason they are there is because they had money to buy it,” he said.

Dozens of supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), on Monday thronged the office of flagbearer hopeful, John Dramani Mahama, to contribute towards his nomination and filing fees.

Although many had described the GHc420,000 fees the NDC was charging its flagbearer hopefuls as hefty, Mahama’s campaign team called on his followers to make donations towards the cause to enable him contest in the upcoming primaries.

John Mahama picked his nomination forms that same day, although his other colleagues had boycotted the process.

The Member of Parliament for Kumbungu constituency, Ras Mubarak, later claimed that some some 96 NDC MPs in support of John Mahama’s campaign had also mobilized about GHS 600,000 within 24 hours for him.

He said the decision to mobilize the funds for the former president was just their own small way of showing support.