The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has rubbished a report by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) which said Ghanaian legislators spent $85,000 on average to contest their parties’ primaries and parliamentary elections in 2016.
Disputing the report, Mr Fuseini said he was only a legislator and not a development agent to spend such huge sums of money on primaries.
“You don’t go to parliament to make money, you go there to serve. How much money do I even have as an MP to give out such huge money? I don’t make promises to my constituents; I do everything within my means and not above my means” he said on Neat FM monitored by Adomonline.com.
“In 2016, a parliamentary candidate spent as much as $85,000 on average to contest his/her party’s primaries and the parliamentary elections in Ghana, and the most common source of revenue was personal income,” part of the CDD report said.
The report also revealed that the way resources were mobilised by political parties in the country tends to undercut the party’s role in consolidating democracy and delivering development.
The Centre summarised its research on political party financing in Ghana and its implications for tackling corruption in a bulletin.
But Mr Fuseini who is also the Minority Spokesperson on Legal and Constitutional Affairs urged the CDD to check their facts because the report was inaccurate.
The NDC MP also confirmed earlier reports of his decision to quit parliament at the end of his current tenure when he would have served his constituents for 12 years.
Listen to his confirmation in the audio above.
Alhaji Fuseini, who served as Lands and Natural Resources as well as the Roads and Highways minister in Mahama regime said he felt he had done enough for the constituency.