Leading member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Augustus ‘Goosie’ Obuadum Tanoh, has officially made known his intention to contest the flagbearer slot of the opposition party.
The leader of the defunct breakaway National Reform Party (NRP) between 1999 and 2007 presented his letter in the company of some members of the NDC at the party headquarters at Adabraka, Accra.
Mr. Tanoh revealed that he had been working over the last 10 years to develop the political organisational structure and the time is rife to bring that agenda to the national level.
The letter is to enable him get the backing of the party executives should he be impeded as he goes to the regions to canvass for votes.
Submitting his letter Thursday, Mr. Tanoh said: “We are here today to fulfill a requirement, as announced by our dear General Secretary to submit our letter of intent, as to the intention of myself Augustus Goosie Tanoh to contest the presidential primaries for the NDC and hopefully with success become the flagbearer for NDC in the 2020 election”.
On his part, the NDC general secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia assured the candidates of fairness from the national executives.
“We are not worried if anybody does not bring their letters of intent and they proceed to campaign. They will not be fringing on any of our laws. But if they meet a problem on the field, they will find it problematic to reach anybody to complain to. This is not the first I am presiding over such election, I am sure my record of impartiality”. when it comes to such elections is already known, and I don’t need to repeat it,” he said.
Goosie who is a known face within the NDC fraternity broke away from party in 1998 when former President JJ Rawlings chose the late Atta Mills to lead the party in the 2000 elections, but has rejoin in the hope to win power from the ruling New Patriotic Party in 2020.
He joins a tall list of aspirants including Former President John Dramani Mahama who is seeking a second term after a failed attempt in the 2016 elections.
Others includes the Nadowli Kaleo MP, Alban Bagbin, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah, Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah; a former Trade and Industry Minister; Former Vice Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi and Cape Coast South MP, and Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, Stephen Atubiga who have declared their intent to contest for the slot.
Meanwhile, the NDC has slated December 7, 2018, for the election of its flagbearer for the 2020 presidential election.