A member of the New Patriotic Party’s communications team, Eric Amoako Twum, has accused the leadership of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of skewing the electoral process to favour former President John Dramini Mahama in the presidential primaries.
According to him, in a bid to have candidate Mahama elected as the NDC flagbearer for the fourth time, the party and its leaders are in a likely conspiracy to have all other flagbearer hopefuls subdued.
“This election is probably skewed to a certain angle. Because you already have a presumptive candidate, who is the former president Mahama and it’s almost as if that all of these things, based on the allegations that are coming out, it’s as if that they are machinations to basically make sure that the presumptive candidate actually wins and you have to tell the truth as it is,” Mr. Amoako Twum said.
His statement comes on the back of mishaps involved in the opposition party on issues of concealing information from some presidential aspirants in the coming parliamentary and presidential primaries.
A flagbearer hopeful Dr. Kwabena Agyapong has sued the NDC and John Mahama for irregularities in the voters’ register. He had earlier urged the party to postpone the elections and fix the incomplete voters register before it proceeded with the presidential elections.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana, Mr. Twum claimed that processes involved in the build-up to the internal elections seem somewhat concealed and not made open enough.
“There’s been complaints that the process itself and when it comes to the sharing of information and everything has not been open and transparent. That’s the point. But you see, for you as a political party to have a certain national position on a certain subject and vis-à-vis an electoral role and then internally having challenges with your own internal rule,” he said on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
Eric Amoako Twum further posited that interference with legal exercises with ill intention refuses the idea of democracy.
Meanwhile, NDC Communications team member, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe who was also on the show refuted Mr. Twum’s claims of the NDC leadership having a presumptive candidate they are rallying behind.
He insisted that the leadership of the party is committed to ensuring transparent and fair internal elections.
According to him, the NDC will only adhere to processes detailed in the Constitutional Instrument in their party and nothing else. These involve; accreditation for the various polling agents, the printing of ballot papers, agents’ presence for monitoring purposes, the printing of ballot papers et all, which he noted that the various agents for these candidates were present at the time of the discussion.
By: Leonora Enyonam Annoh | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana