Dr Kwabena Duffour has revealed why he pulled announced from the National Democratic Congress’ upcoming flagbearership contest.
In a press conference on Friday, the former governor of the Bank of Ghana stated that his choice was motivated by his grievances about the processes surrounding the party’s impending primaries, particularly the voters register.
According to him, there were many irregularities in the election that the party leadership chose not to address. In order to retain interaction with the grassroots, he stressed that he will no longer run for the NDC’s flagbearer position.
As at this time, the party has begun distributing the ballot papers to the various regions and constituencies without our involvement. I wish to reiterate my commitment to the party and grassroots, however my concerns that the party is not ready to conduct free and fair elections is evident for all of us to see,” Dr Duffour said.
“Taking part in such an event will be acting to knowing drinking from a poisoned calabash. After consulting with my support base nationwide, I have been left with no choice but to withdraw as I cannot contest an election blatantly flawed with irregularities regardless of all my effort to draw attention to the same.”
This comes just hours after Dr Duffour abandoned the lawsuit he had brought against the NDC due to what he claimed were inconsistencies in the party’s voter list that will be used in the election.
The NDC argued in court that the majority of the mistakes found by Dr Duffuor’s team have already been corrected. Dr Duffour’s attorneys withdrew the action on his behalf, and the court dismissed the application for an injunction they had submitted.