According to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Madina constituency, Francis Xavier Sosu, he spent GH¢300,000 on campaign in the build up to the party’s parliamentary primaries.
The NDC Parliamentary Candidatestated that the money went into things like feeding of delegates, transportation, fuel for campaign vehicles, amongst other expenses.
In an interview with Citi FM, the NDC Parliamentary Candidate 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,” Xavier Sosu said.
According to lawyer Xavier Sosu, the expenditure cannot also be described as vote buying as many Ghanaians want to suggest.
He opined that the amount of money spent by a candidate do not have any direct correlation on who becomes the eventual winner of an election.
Xavier Sosu further added that what he spent on the delegates during the NDC primaries can only be described as a show of “love and care”.
Francis Xavier-Sosu won the slot to become the NDC’s parliamentary candidate for the Madina constituency with 662 votes against his opponents, Sidi Abubakar, Ibrahim Faila Fuseini and Haija Rukaya, who had 480, 219 and 16 votes respectively.