Dr Kwabena Duffour withdraws from NDC presidential race

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Dr. Kwabena Duffour, a former finance minister, has formally withdrew from the upcoming NDC flagbearer election.

The former governor of the Bank of Ghana said in a press conference on Friday that his decision was based on his complaints about the procedures surrounding the party’s approaching primaries, particularly the voters register.

He claims that there have been numerous irregularities in the exercise, which the party leadership has not addressed.

As a result, he emphasized that he will no longer run for the NDC’s flagbearer position while still maintaining contact with the grassroots.

“As at this time, the party has begun distributing the ballot papers to the various regions and constituencies without our involvement.

In spite of my fears that the party is not prepared to hold free and fair elections, I would like to reconfirm my commitment to the party and its grassroots, Dr. Duffour added.

“Taking part in such an event will be akin to knowingly drinking from a poisoned calabash.

I have been forced to withdraw after talking with my supporters across the country because I am unable to run in an election that is obviously defective and rife with anomalies, despite my best efforts to call attention to the problem.

This comes just hours after Dr. Duffour dropped 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.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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