General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has urged the media in Ghana to redirect their attention from the flag bearer contest to the party’s regional elections.
According to him, it is unfortunate that the media is focusing on the presidential race which is not an immediate event, to the neglect of the regional elections.
Mr Nketia told Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM Friday, 24 August that the NDC will be going for congress, which is the highest decision-making body of the party, to seek authority to amend some of its rules and then move on to the regional elections.
Without the congress, he said, the flag bearer and regional elections will not be able to take place, hence the media’s attention must not be focused on the flag bearer contest.
“We are nowhere near the presidential primaries, yet the media’s attention has been focused on it,” he said.
He added: “We will be going for Congress, followed by the regional elections even before we start thinking about the flag bearer position, and, so, we don’t know why the media is focusing so much on the presidential primaries.”
On Thursday, former President John Dramani Mahama wrote to the NDC announcing his decision to contest the flag bearer race.
Mr Mahama will be contesting the former CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah; Mr Ekwow Spio Garbrah, a former Trade and Industry Minister; Former Vice-Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi; Cape Coast South MP, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan; private legal practitioner Elikplim Agbamava, handyman Stephen Atubiga and businessman Iddrisu.