The 2016 campaign of the National Democratic Congress was the most expensive in the history of the party, Anthony Nukpenu, Greater Accra Regional Secretary of the NDC, has said.

According to him, although huge sums of money were pumped into the campaign and several other logistics and items distributed, those items went to mushroom groups that claimed to be galvanising votes for then president John Mahama who was bidding for a second term.

Speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom, on Accra100.5FM on Friday March 24, Mr Nukpenu said: “The last election was the most expensive campaign in the history of the NDC in terms of supply of T-shirts and supply of other logistics and cash, but those items never passed through the party structures. Some went directly to parliamentary candidates and some went to so-called groups that mushroomed in the name of galvanising votes which never materialised in anything.

“So those who distributed the items should go to where they sent the items and ask them questions. As for the NDC party, there are branch offices – constituency, regional and national – and one main reason why the executives did not work is because of these kind of mushroom groups that claimed to be campaigning for the president.

“They were resourced with T-shirts and other logistics, distributing them, and these peeved the branch, constituency, regional, and national executives were peeved because the structures were put aside and these mushroom groups were aided and sponsored to go and mess up and that was the result we got. As for the logistics, they never came to the party.”