Hassan Ayariga forms All People’s Congress?
Dr Hassan Ayariga, the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), is forming a new political party to contest the 2016 general and presidential election.
Dr Ayariga, who broke ranks with the PNC after he was defeated by Dr Edward Mahama at the party’s presidential primary last year, intends to run for president in 2016 on the ticket of the new party to be called ‘All People’s Congress’ (APC).
The PNC had hinted soon after the congress that Dr Ayariga was going round constituencies asking the party’s executives to endorse forms meant for the formation of the new political party.
The party warned its members who endorsed or assisted Dr Ayariga to form a breakaway party that they would face stiff sanction.
Colours of APC
Green and cream are the prominent colours of the new APC, which has a broom as its emblem.
The Electoral Commission (EC) is expected to grant Dr Ayariga a temporary certificate to run the new party, as the electoral body verifies all processes of its formation.
Sources within the new party said that Dr Ayariga had registered more than 170 offices nationwide so far, to meet the EC’s prerequisite of parties having offices in, at least, two-thirds of the country’s 275 constituencies, before they are allowed to take part in national elections.
Dr Ayariga was unseated by Dr Edward Mahama at the PNC’s December 12, 2015 congress in Wa. He, however, accused the EC, which supervised the PNC’s primaries, and the police of working against his re-election bid at the national delegates' congress held in the Upper West regional capital.
He told the media that not only would he not congratulate Dr Mahama on winning the polls, but “I am also out of the PNC.”
Multiple-time flag bearer Dr Edward Mahama won the flag-bearer slot for the fifth time at the congress.
Dr Mahama polled 492 votes against Dr Ayariga's 426 votes. The PNC's electoral fortunes have seen continuous regression from three per cent in 1996 to less than one per cent in 2012.
Some membership forms of the APC have Dr Ayariga listed as the Supreme Leader of the yet-to-be-launched party.