Legal practitioner, Francis Xavier-Sosu, who emerged victorious in the NDC Primaries at Madina Constituency has disclosed that he spent over 300,000 Cedis (3billion old Cedis) on the election.
He is quoted on citinewsroom.com to have said “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,” He said his gestures and the corresponding expenditures could best be described as a show of “love” and “care” for delegates and constituents he sought to lead. Sosu polled total 662 votes out of a possible 1007 plus votes.
Meanwhile, this is exclusive of the main election which is to come in 2020 involving a much larger population. This will surely require, much more posters, visiting, fueling and the like. Arguably, we are talking about almost 1 Million Cedis (10 billion old Cedis) set to be spent to secure a seat at parliament. Also, Victoria Hammah earlier disclosed that she lost her bid to secure parliamentary ticket simply because she chose not to offer money. According to her, the highest bidder won. More so, she believes, God doesn’t choose leaders in Africa, money does. Incumbent MP Ras Mubarak equally alluded his defeat in the Kumbungu Constituency to his inability to give as much as his competitor did. Once again, reaffirming the belief that it is the highest bidder who won the election. The NPP primaries are set to come off, and these incidents shall most likely have their course. It is most likely to be the highest bidder contest once again.
Honestly, this thing is turning out to be real business and not the cliché “we are here to serve” rhetoric we hear all the time. It is purely unrealistic to expect any much of service from these individuals when this is indeed what they go through to get into public office. Indeed, we’ve had this conversation a number of times. When the NPP and NDC held its various national, regional and constituency executives elections this was the norm. It was an unimaginable show of money. And almost everyone who won those elections had to cough up several notes of Ghana Cedis.
This situation doesn’t look to change anytime soon. It is only going to get worse and possibly out of hands. Meanwhile, one thing is sure, for every candidate who manages to get into parliament, recouping that money is a MUST. Inevitably, this only deepens the pit of corruption in the country. Hence, making the fight against corruption a complete impossibility. Meanwhile, CDD-Ghana has disclosed that some 9Billion Cedis is lost to corruption annually in the country.
This is the situation we have in our hands. It said that Democracy is expensive and clearly, it is looking rather too expensive for our very poor country. For sure, our jealousy of Rwanda and the strides they are making will persist. Likewise our envy of Singapore and the many other great countries rising. Because our leaders once in office, will get occupied with recouping their “investments” while paying little or no attention to serving.
The kind of transformational leadership we expect of them won’t happen. Making money and paying debts shall be the norm and it quite explains why we are where we are as a country. Rather than leading they’d end up turning millionaires. This is indeed a sorry situation needing serious attention. We must have a national dialogue on this to take a second look at our politics in this country. For sure, this system is definitely destructive and never dependable.
It is simply not working. It is my hope that the office of the Special Prosecutor shall become functional to its fullest ability. Because, at the moment, it seems to be our only hope towards protecting our nation’s meagre resources from the politicians who are determined to empty the coffers for their personal gain.
Source: Razak Musbau