Allow President Mahama to run unopposed – Former Minister urges NDC

402179464_468076Vice Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has called on members of the party to allow President John Mahama to run unopposed as flagbearer.

He is concerned that a contest would distract the president from his duties of governing the country and asked those nursing the ambition of contesting the president to back off.

“He is the leader of the party and I do not think that by any stretch of imagination, anybody at all should conceive the idea of contesting him.”

The former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development believes that anyone who decides to contest will have to attack the record of the president so “if somebody decides to contest him what is the person going to campaign on” in the unlikely event that the person wins the presidential slot?, he queried.

According to him, the most important thing the party needs to do is to reinvigorate its structures and work to ensure that the president has the peace of mind to concentrate on the governance of the country.

“We want very little distractions, that is why I believe that it is not even necessary for anybody to contemplate contesting him”, he said.

Meanwhile, the party’s General Secretary Johnson, Asiedu Nketiah has denied claims hikes in the filing fees for presidential aspirants is intended to make it difficult for anyone to contest President Mahama.

Presidential candidates are to pay 50,000 cedis filing fees, more than 100% increase over the last filing fee, but Mr Nketiah says the increase is a normal party practice.

“We have an established formula with which we compute these things. For every four years we double the filling fees and it started from 2000 so the fees for 2004 was double what was paid the previous four years.

“In 2012, the fees was 20,000 cedis but because we are migrating to this universal membership suffrage, it comes with reduced cost to candidates”, he added.