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Alhaji Naziru Mohammed an aspiring National Propaganda Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has questioned the rationale behind the call for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to consider declaring winner of the upcoming Special Delegates’ Congress as the ultimate Presidential Candidate and save the party the trouble of going through another election.

Some party elders are proposing that any candidate that garners 68% out of the total 750 votes in Sunday’s election must be declared the flagbearer of the party in order to afford the party enough time and resources to confront the bigger challenge in December 2016.

But Alhaji Naziru Mohammed wants to know if the biggest opposition party would accept it if the Electoral Commission (EC) came out to state that it would make the Legislative arm of government (Parliament) vote to choose Ghana’s next President because of the huge financial budget in organizing elections looking at the current economic challenges.

“…Would they accept that? This is a dangerous precedent which must not be allowed because of the potential trouble this could ignite,” he argued in an interview with Peacefmonline.com.

The Chairman of the Regional Council of Elders, Mr. Akenten Appiah Menkah has been at the forefront of this call and in a Press Conference in Kumasi, argued that though they were cognizant of the party’s Constitution which stipulates that a candidate can only be elected through a national congress, they would appeal to the other six candidates to engage in compromise by rallying behind whoever emerges winner in Sunday’s elections, provided the person secures 68%.

This came follows a similar call made by the Member of Parliament for Subin, Hon. Isaac Osei, who suggested that winner of the Super Delegates’ Congress should be declared the flagbearer.

However, the aspiring NDC Propaganda Secretary is of the conviction this amounts to a subvention of the NPP Constitution and the leadership of the party must be ready to accept the consequences of their actions, should that proposal be adopted.
Source: Prince Obimpeh/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

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