- 96 NDC MPs together with some well-wishers have raised over GHC 600,000 to support John Dramani Mahama
- The funds that have been raised is to be used for the picking of nomination forms and filling fees for the presidential aspirant for the NDC
Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, has disclosed that a total of 96 National Democratic Congress(NDC) stalwarts have raised over GHC 600,000 for John Dramani Mahama to pay for his filing fees.
The claim made by the Kumbungu MP concerning the amount raised to support Mahama is however yet to be verified.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Citinewsroom.com, Ras Mubarak said the support from friends, well- wishers and party members was overwhelming because the contributions were more than the required GHC 420,000 that was requested.
He added that the NDC MPs like Fiifi Kwetey, Cassiel Ato Forson along with former Deputy Chief of Staff, Valerie Akilakpa Sawyerr, were the people in charge of the fundraising.
Ras Mubarak added that he was among the 96 MPs who contributed GHC 1,000 towards the amount needed for Mahama’s filing fees.
The MP said the GHC 96,000 was not enough therefore they brought in other individuals to increase the amount of money that had been accrued.
Meanwhile, Ras Mubarak indicated that the fundraising team was not obliged to disclose details of the source of funds.
He explained that if the leadership of the various groups gave him the nod, their names would be put out to the general public
“We have a duty to protect the privacy of ordinary Ghanaians who chip in donations…there may be individuals who may not want their names out there for privacy purposes and we have a responsibility," the legislator noted.
John Mahama and some other eight members of the National Democratic Congress are gearing up to contest for the party's flagbearership position.
Some of the contestants including Ekow Spio-Garbrah and Joshua Alabi have reportedly indicated that the GHC 420,000 required of them was too high and had to be reduced.
In protesting the amount, Ekow Spio-Garbrah indicated that he was going to contest as a disabled man.
However, General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Aseidu Nketia, has stated categorically that the said amount was not high and expected the aspirants to cope with and comply by the party's directives.
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