Alban Sumani Bagbin, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Professor Joshua Alabi, Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), on Monday filed nomination papers to contest for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential primaries.
As part of the requirement for contesting, the two presented a GHC300,000.00 cheque to Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the NDC General Secretary at a brief ceremony at the Party’s headquarters.
So far, eight stalwarts of the NDC are battle ready to contest the Party’s presidential primaries slated for January 26, 2019.
They are Mr Goosie Tanoh, former President John Dramani Mahama, Mr Stephen Atubiga, Mr Sylvester Mensah, Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah and Mr Nurudeen Idrissu.
Meanwhile, two of the aspirants who initially declared their intention to contest, Mr Elikplim L. Agbemava and former Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, Mr Kojo Bonsu, have opted out.
Mr Agbemava, in announcing his decision, said he had decided to throw his weight behind the candidature of former President Mahama.
Mr Bonsu, on the other hand, in a statement, said the decision to opt out was as a result of “considerable deliberation and reflection”.
In his statement announcing his decision not to contest, Mr Bonsu said: “I will like to thank the Council of Elders for their prompt response to our petition regarding the flagbearership election.
“It is with deep regret that after considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided to end my campaign for the flagbearership of the NDC today”.