INFORMATION reaching Daily Guide indicates that Mr Freeman Boateng Isaac, an aspiring parliamentary candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Atiwa East in the Eastern Region, has threatened to place an injunction on the party’s upcoming parliamentary primaries.
NDC parliamentary aspirant to seek injunction on party
According to him, the First Vice Chairman of the party, Ofosu Ampofo, has conspired with the Eastern Regional NDC Chairman, Bismark Tawiah Boateng, to reject his forms because he is contesting Ampofo’s driver.
Addressing a press confab, Freeman Boateng said he could not pay the filing fee into the party’s account on the last day of filing nominations due to delays at the bank and as a result submitted his forms to the constituency secretary who accepted them and the physical cash at about 4:35 pm.
He said he later received a call from the secretary who told him that his nomination forms had been rejected by the regional secretariat, fingering the First Vice Chairman of the NDC as being behind it. He accused Ofosu Ampofo of pushing for one of his drivers, Foster Asante, who has also picked and filed his nomination, to go unopposed.
“Ofosu Ampofo is the one who has asked the regional secretariat to reject my papers… On that very day I was going to file, I met Foster Asante at the party office. He had also come to file his forms and was holding cash in his hands. But Ofosu Ampofo quickly sent the constituency secretary a deposit slip through WhatsApp indicating he had deposited the filing fee into the party’s account for his candidate [Asante]…”
Freeman disclosed that he had petitioned the National Executive Committee of the NDC to intervene in the matter else he would place an injunction on the upcoming parliamentary primaries in the region.
Meanwhile, Daily Guide can confirm that the nomination forms and the ten thousand Ghana cedis filing fee are still with the Eastern Regional Secretariat of the NDC.
Bismark Tawiah Boateng, the Eastern Regional Chairman, when contacted by DAILY GUIDE, explained that the NDC’s guidelines state that the filing fee must be submitted in banker’s draft and not cash, adding, “that’s why we rejected his nomination papers.”
“I personally invited Freeman Boateng to my office and told him that the party doesn’t accept the filing fees in cash; due to that, he can’t be allowed to be vetted and contest…
“We later heard he has submitted a petition to the NEC but hasn’t given us a copy, so we are waiting for the final decision from NEC,” he added.
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