- The National Democratic Congress (NDC) held its parliamentary primaries on Saturday, August 24, 2019, ahead of the 2020 elections
- The primaries were held in 157 constituencies across the country where 524 aspirants were cleared to contest
- Candidate for the Madina constituency, Francis Xavier Sosu, says he spent about GH¢ 300,000 on his campaign
Francis Xavier Sosu, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Madina constituency says he spent GH¢ 300,000 on campaign in the build up to the party’s parliamentary primaries.
He stated that the money went into things like feeding of delegates, transportation, fuel for campaign vehicles, amongst other expenses.
“For now, I can’t say for a fact but I’m sure it should be somewhere over GH¢300,000. That is from somewhere July 2018 till now. It may be more, I am yet to reconcile…. Generally, the key elements include posters, branch visitations and most likely you would have to convey them; cost of transportation, feeding, cost of buying fuel for your team and sometimes petty requests coming from delegates; you take care of medical bills, school bills and so on,” Xavier Sosu said in an interview with Citi FM.
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According to the lawyer, the expenditure cannot also be described as vote buying as many Ghanaians want to suggest.
He opined that the amount of money spent by a candidate do not have any direct correlation on who becomes the eventual winner of an election.
Sosu further added that what he spent on the delegates during the NDC primaries can only be described as a show of “love and care”.
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Francis Xavier-Sosu won the slot to become the NDC’s parliamentary candidate for the Madina constituency with 662 votes against his opponents, Sidi Abubakar, Ibrahim Faila Fuseini and Haija Rukaya, who had 480, 219 and 16 votes respectively.
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