By Alfred Adams
The killer fee slapped on aspirants gunning to become flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has compelled some of them to resort to silver collection.
All the aspirants, except former President John Dramani Mahama, have petitioned the Founder of the party, Jerry John Rawlings, about the nomination forms and filing fees, which they say are very high.
But, before the party decides whether to reduce the amount or not, some of the aspirants are appealing to the public to help them raise the GH¢420, 000.
First to launch the Save our Soul (SOS) campaign, immediately the killer fee was announced by the executives of the NDC, was former President John Dramani Mahama. In his facebook page, he asked the public, particularly his supporters, to ‘please dial *713*2020…followed by the amount they wish to donate to support him raise the killer fee.
Dr. Ekwow Spio Gabrah followed next with a public announcement in the Daily Graphic, sending an SOS through the newspaper. He advertised boldly, a colour half page advert with his picture embossed on it, appealing to the public to support him. He wrote in the half page
Advert: ‘Please support an experienced, competent, unifying leader with integrity to become the President of Ghana’. *713*9867* Amount#. Donate to all networks.
The advert continues: ‘To arrange a confidential discussion with Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, please call 0553816699.
One other aspirant, Professor Joshua Alabi, is also reported to have resorted to social media portals to raise money. Mr SK Bagbin, who has publicly kicked against the filing fee, is yet to join the bandwagon.
Others such as Elikplim Agbamava, Sylvester Mensah, Kojo Bonsu, Stephen Atubiga, and Kweku Rickets Hagan have also not made public how they are going to raise the funds. Meanwhile, the Asawase executives of the party have reportedly picked a nomination form on behalf of former President Mahama.
The executives also paid the GH¢20,000 being the cost of the form for him.