Mr Kakra Essamuah, Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Internal Elections Committee, has stated that former Finance Minister Dr Kwabena Duffuor is expected to pick their nomination forms to contest the NDC flagbearer elections on Thursday.
On the schedule for Thursday, February 23, he stated that Dr. Duffuor will be the first to select the forms.
Ernest Kwaku Kobeah has already chosen the nomination forms that will allow him to run for the NDC flagbearer position.
On Wednesday, February 22nd, he picked up his forms in Accra. He expressed certainty of victory.
Asked what victory margin he is expecting, he told journalists that ” I don’t have a comment on that…”
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“I am here to stand and build the new Ghana, I am not here for the future, I am here for now,” he further responded to a question of whether he is only making his presence in the NDC felt by picking up the forms.
Speaking on the mid day news on the newcomer, Mr Kakra Essamuah said ” I don’t know him, yes it is a surprise but the party is a very large, vibrant national party and we expect more surprises, why not?
“Being the leader of this country is a very distinguished position and I think that there are many people who are fertile and better than what we have experienced in the past six years. So we expect them to come along, if they satisfy our conditions, they satisfy the provisions under the 1992 Constitution, why not, they will participate in our primary slated for 13 May 2023. If by the Grace of God any one of them is able to win we shall present that person in the general elections,” he said on the mid day news on TV3 Wednesday, February 22.
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“Tomorrow morning Dr Kwabena Duffuor will come and pick his forms and then Kojo Bonsu later in the afternoon. Anybody who thinks he is qualified can come forward,” he added.
Professor Joshua Alabi, a former Rector of the University of Professional Studies in Accra (UPSA), also chose nomination forms on behalf of former President John Dramani Mahama in order for him to run in the internal elections.
On Wednesday, February 22, Prof Alabi picked up the forms in Accra.
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He said “We are here to pick up the forms for his HE John Dramani Mahama. As you are aware we are in very difficult times in this country, the economy is in shambles, people are suffering and the summary here is that people are crying for the NDC to come back.
“The NDC has gone through all its structures, and elections, it is time to come for the flagbearer to deliver the 2024 elections,” he said.
“Ghanaians are asking for a well-experienced leader, leadership counts,” he added. If experience counts, then someone who has done it before and is very humble, someone who loves people and believes in people-centered policies… Fortunately, we have someone like that in the NDC as a country.
“We are here to pick his form and to work for him and work for the NDC and work for the people of Ghana.
“On January 2025 NDC will be forming the new government under the leadership of HE John Dramani Mahama,” the former contestant for the flagbearer post said.
Mr Mahama informed the Minority caucus of his intention to run for president at a meeting in his office in Accra on Tuesday, February 21.
The NDC announced that the nomination period for its Presidential candidate and Parliamentary candidates for the 2024 General Elections had begun.
As a result, starting at midnight on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023, Nomination Forms for Parliamentary Candidates will be available for purchase on the party’s official website, www.ghanandc.com, the main opposition party said in a statement on Tuesday, February 21.
According to the statement, nomination forms for Presidential aspirants are now available from the Office of the General Secretary at the Party’s headquarters in Adabraka, Accra, beginning today, Wednesday, February 22.
However, the party’s Functional Executive Committee has put the opening of nominations for parliamentary primaries in some constituencies on hold.