The question posed by Ursula Owusu to the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is emphatic of a common wise saying: “When you throw a ball to the wall, it bounces back to you.”
Minister for Communications and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ablekuma West Constituency, Hon. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, on Saturday, 22nd December, 2018, posed the following question to the General Secretary of the biggest opposition party, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah: “Are these 7 thieves?” One may wonder why this question. Well, the following paragraphs contain the answer.
It is in reference to the number of people who have picked forms to contest in the NDC Presidential Primaries. It would be recalled that most aspirants for this position had issues with the GHC 420,000 that was previously announced as filing fee for the contest. The Council of Elders of the party was, therefore, petitioned to reduce the fee which many people described as a way of selling the party to the highest bidder. The said amount was then reduced to GHC 300,000, which reduction enabled as many as 7 aspirants to file for the contest.
Mr. Asiedu Nketia, popularly known in political circles as General Mosquito, is on record to have referred to aspirants for the 2007 Presidential Primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), as 17 thieves who were going to a contest to elect the biggest one. Today, the ball that the mosquito threw to the NPP has bounced back to him and his party – hence, necessitating Mrs. Owusu’s question. If General Mosquito’s statement was anything to go by, could it be said also that the aspirants who have filed to contest in the NDC Primaries today are 7 thieves?
Speaking on Newsfile, a current affairs programme aired by Multimedia owned Joy News TV, the Ablekuma West legislator wondered why NDC was able to raise funds to prosecute campaigns during the party’s time in government, but find it difficult to raise same amounts today when the party is in opposition. She could also not come to terms with the fact that NDC was able to raise as much as GHC 20,000,000 to put up a party office at the time it was in government, but cannot raise funds to prosecute campaigns while in opposition.