Former National Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Samia Yaba Nkrumah, has filed her nomination to contest for the party’s flagbearership slot ahead of the 2016 general election.
The party opened nominations in December 2015, for its presidential and parliamentary primaries scheduled for January 30, this year.
Speaking to Citi Fm after filing her nomination forms, Samia Nkrumah reiterated the party’s commitment to halting the dominance of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in governance of the country, saying the two political parties had failed the country woefully.
According to her, the CPP is ready for the polls slated for November this year, adding that the party coming to power is Ghana’s best chance of getting out of the current economic quagmire.
“It’s a good sign for us that we are ready and now I can devote the next two weeks to touching base with our constituencies ahead of our congress to elect our 2016 flagbearer. The CPP is ready and we are looking forward to a very vigorous and active campaign where I’m confident that we’re going to convince the people of Ghana that it’s time for a revolution at the ballots,” Ms Samia Nkrumah stated.
“The ‘two-party system’ has failed and I believe we offer the best alternative for a new way of managing our economy. We are the only party that is clearly saying that the conditions of the IMF are unsustainable,” she added.
The presidential aspirants of the CPP are required to pay GH¢155,000 – an amount which had received a lot of criticisms.
However, the National Youth Organiser of the party, Ernesto Yeboah, said the fee would build up the CPP and facilitate the party’s activities ahead of the 2016 elections.
He said, “Members have agreed that this is the only way by which we could build our party.
“Presidential aspirants will pay GH¢5,000 when they come to pick up forms. After that, they will be required to pay a filing fee of GH¢150,000 and an extra GH¢50,000 as development levy.”