Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joseph Ade Coker, has slammed a group that has declared its support for the former Trades Minister, Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah to lead the party in the 2020 general elections.
According to Mr. Ade Coker, the group which has described itself as branch executives of the NDC in the Greater Accra Region by publicly declaring support for Dr. Spio Garbrah have flouted the directives of the party's General Secretary.
Referencing the General Secretary of the party, Mr Coker said the party permits individuals to declare their support for a preferred candidate but prohibits groups from doing so.
Speaking on Joy News, Mr. Ade Coker said; “I’m at a loss where they are coming from. This frowns on the directives that the General Secretary made at the beginning…we will call them and find out under what authority they did this”
Admonishing the beneficiary of the support, Ade Coker said Dr Ekow Spio Garbrah should disassociate himself from the group because they are flouting laid down rules.
“I will call on Spio to disassociate himself from this statement. I know he believes in the party structures…” he asserted
Ade Coker argued that the problem with various groups coming to declare support for a preferred candidate is that after the flagbearer elections, the losing side is left feeling disgruntled and that affects the party’s chances in 2020.
He also revealed that the party has taken measures to bring the group declaring support for Dr Spio to order.
Dr. Spio-Garbrah has made a fresh push to lead the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to recapture power in the 2020 elections after contesting as losing to late Professor John Evans Atta Mills in 2006.
The NDC has set 7 December 2018 for its presidential primaries ahead of the 2020 polls.
This was announced by General Secretary Johnson Aseidu Nketia at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, 2 August 2018.
Mr Nketia, has directed that all hopefuls must first inform the party of their intention to contest before campaigning.