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Gov’t appointees and party members should collaborate – John Boadu

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John Boadu

Acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, John Boadu, has urged government appointees and the members of the party to collaborate effectively to ensure mutual benefits.

To achieve this, he said, there ought to be regular interface between government appointees and the party at the various levels.

He underscored the need for government appointees to open their doors for members of the party, especially party footsoldiers and offer them the needed support.

He was speaking at the Brong Ahafo regional annual delegates conference of the party on Saturday, July 22, at the auditorium of Sunyani Technical University.

The conference was attended by almost every government appointee from the Brong Ahafo region, Members of Parliament, all MMDCEs in the region, national officers of the party as well as regional and constituency executives in the region.

Mr Boadu used the occasion to thank the good people of Brong Ahafo region for voting overwhelmingly for the NPP in the last general elections.

He observed that, the NPP significantly improved upon its 2012 electoral performance in the region from 47.3% to 54.7% in 2016, which is the highest in the party’s history.

For the parliamentary elections, he said, “with the exception of 1992 and 2014, the NPP has won majority of the Brong Ahafo seats in every other elections. In 2016, the party moved moved drastically from 13 to 20 Seats”.

The General Secretary applauded the efforts of the Brong Ahafo regional and constituency executives as well as the party’s parliamentary candidates for chalking this unprecedented feat.

Mr Boadu also challenged them to do whatever it takes to consolidate these gains and thus, make the region an NPP political “World Bank”.


PNC suspends General Secretary Atik Mohammed, who calls decision ‘political joke’

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PNC was founded by late former president Dr Hilla Limann

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the People’s National Convention (PNC) has voted to suspend General Secretary Atik Mohammed for “misconduct”.

A vote of no confidence in three members of the Committee is said to have taken place at the party’s headquarters on Saturday.

This was at a meeting ostensibly called to discuss the recent position of Ambassador-At-Large for party leader Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama.

But the vote saw National Chairman Bernard Mornah and Dr Mahama sailing through, only to have Mr Mohammed  as the only executive to get ousted.

He received 6 ‘Yes’ votes and 16 ‘No’ votes to get suspended indefinitely.

‘Comedian Dr Mahama’

There was no clarity to the situation as Mr Mohammed denied being suspended a few moments later on his Facebook page.

Later on TV3’s News @10, he said the NEC has no locus to suspend him as “I was duly elected at congress and I was voted for”.

He said an assessment on the performance of the party, and for that matter any executive, can only be done at congress.

In any case, he explained, Saturday’s meeting was called to discuss the acceptance of the ambassadorial role accepted by Dr Mahama and so a change in the agenda resulted in him leaving the meeting, only to hear later in the media that he has been suspended.

“It is a political joke,” he stressed.

“It is unfortunate Dr Mahama who is the comedian made the political joke.”

He said no one has officially called him to communicate any suspension to him and, so, he still holds his position.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

I’ll assess Akufo-Addo gov’t with job creation – Jantuah

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Legal practitioner and a member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Kwame Jantuah says the litmus test for President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo’s government, for him, will be the number of jobs the president creates.

Therefore, he finds it too early to assess the six-month stay in office of the president.

President Akufo-Addo has himself admitted that the success of his government will be judged based on the number of jobs he creates.

“I am well aware that the success or otherwise of my administration will be judged largely on job creation,” he told journalists at his first media encounter last Tuesday.

Akufo-Addo asked for time after the question on job creation

He also called for time when a question on the number of jobs he has created so far – in his first six months – was posed.

Speaking on TV3’s New Day on Saturday, Mr Jantuah argued that because it is too early to assess the government on job creation, it is fair that a total verdict on the economy is not made on the first six months.

He explained that a holistic approach should be used in assessing the economy, advocating a shift from the selective analysis usually done.

The oil expert advised against lifting some sectors of the economy to prove its health, a phenomenon largely embraced by politicians.

He, nonetheless, called for a move away from wholesale export of raw materials to adding value to resources in order to enrich the economy.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Joshua Alabi urges caution in handling petition against EC

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Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Professor Joshua Alabi has called on the president to exercise utmost caution in handling a petition brought before him in an attempt to remove the chair of the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) from office.

Some workers of the EC, under group Concerned Workers of the Electoral Commission, have accused Charlotte Osei of abuse of office and misconduct in the six-page petition to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

They accuse her, among others, of taking unilateral decisions and doing the bidding of the previous John Mahama-led government.

But a statement issued by Prof Alabi on Friday described the issue as “sensitive,” asking, therefore, that the balances are tilted in a way that will not endanger “our fledgling democracy”.

“Any attempt to undermine and disrupt the Commission will not serve any political party any good at this critical point in Ghana’s democracy,” the National Democratic Congress (NDC) stalwart observed.

“There will be no winner but Ghana as a country will be the loser.”

He has asked President Akufo-Addo to handle the issue with the current political tension in the country in mind.

“Without discussing the merits or demerits of the petition, I wish to call on the President and all those in positions of authority, to balance the sensitivity of the issue with the current state of political tension and suspicions in this country to safe guard the peace Ghana has enjoyed and should continue to enjoy.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

I am disappointed in Ghanaian media-MP

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Roland Affail Monney (GJA President)

Member of Parliament Subin in the Ashanti Region, Eugene Boakye Antwi, has expressed disappointment in the Ghanaians media.

The MP says journalist must help us MPs to ensure effective running of the nation by following up on issues that are raised in Parliament and various places but journalists in the country have failed to do so.

Mr. Boakye Antwi expressed this disappointment on Onua FM’s Ghana Dadwene on Friday while contributing to a discussion on the summoning of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs. Charlotte Osei to appear before Parliament next week to answer questions pertaining to the 2016 general elections.

Mrs. Osei is expected to respond to questions about how much the Commission raised from monies it collected from journalists during the 2016 elections.

In addition, the EC boss will also be answering questions about how much the Commission expanded on the replacement of lost Voters ID Cards.

Journalist across the country and international media had to pay an amount of GHC10.00 each for accreditation to cover the 2016 general elections.

The issue about accreditation fees became a controversial subject ahead of the 2016 election but not the engagements and pleas from the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) and civil society organization would propel the EC to rescind its decision.

But seven months after the elections, the EC has failed to account to the people of Ghana how much it raised from the two transactions, that is, accreditation fee and the replacement of the lost voter ID cards.

Mr. Boakye Antwi said [in Twi] “I am disappointed in the Ghanaian journalist because I said this in March 2017 during the approval of the 2017 budget but you did not take it up. Whenever we say something, you must follow up to help us”.

He said the EC boss should come and tell the House how much they gain? “She will tell us the number of journalists who applied and how much was made from it”.

Mr. Antwi said whatever figure and amount “she brings, she would have to verify it because she cannot come and lie in Parliament”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM||Ghana

Atta Mills remains a source of inspiration to me – Mahama

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Prof JEA Mills died in office on July 24, 2012

Former President John Dramani Mahama has eulogized his late predecessor Professor John Evans Atta Mills, referring to him as a “man of great moral courage and strength”.

“He remains a source of inspiration to me and our nation,” Mr Mahama tweeted on Friday.

July 21, 2017 would have marked the 73rd birthday of the third president of the Fourth Republic.

He unfortunately passed on three days after his 68th birthday.

Definitely commemorating the birthday of Prof Atta Mills, whom he served as Vice President, Mr Mahama shared an accompanying picture to his tweet.

Every year, a ceremony is marked at the Asomdwee Park – where the late president was buried – to commemorate his death.

This year’s will be the first under the rule of a different party – National Democratic Congress’ opponents.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Stay off EC – Minority Leader warns Akufo-Addo

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Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is meddling in the affairs of the Electoral Commission at his own risk.

According to him, the Akufo-Addo-led government wants to follow through with its ploy to oust heads of all public institutions but the opposition, he resolves, will not see that succeed at the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC).

A petition has been filed with the president to initiate proceedings to get Charlotte Osei, the Chair of the Commission, removed from office.

According to the petitioners, who refer to themselves as the Concerned EC Staff, Mrs Osei has engaged in acts that warrant an impeachment.

Already, a trade-off between lawyers of the Electoral Commission Chair and the Staff has been stirred since the petition came to the media front.

EC’s legal representative, Thaddeus Sory, has accused the petitioners of a breach of trust in making the petition public, especially making it a subject of several media discussions.

At an interaction with journalists at its headquarters on Thursday, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is behind the petition in a grand scheme to oust Mrs Osei.

The party’s leader in Parliament, Mr Iddrisu, warned the president not to “extend his encroachment and political polarization of the public service to the Electoral Commission of Ghana”.

He opined that it is the same Commission that declared Nana Akufo-Addo president and to turn his back against it will see him ousted “on the basis of the sovereign mandate of the people of Ghana”.

NDC’s Director of Elections Samuel Ofosu Ampofo said the signs are written on the wall as to what the government wants to do with the EC given the experience they have.

“We can read in between the lines.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Nana Addo gov’t ‘sponsoring’ criminality – Opposition NDC fires

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Kofi Portuphy is the National Chairman of the NDC

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of sponsoring “criminal gangs to operate in the country with impunity”.

In assessing the six-month old government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday at a press conference at its headquarters in Accra, the NDC ran down the “achievements” of the NPP, describing the current dispensation as an era characterized by lawlessness, insecurity and government-backed terrorism.

According to the Leader and National Chairman of the opposition NDC, Kofi Portuphy, who read the speech on behalf of the party, the level and form of lawlessness currently ongoing is unprecedented.

“For the first time in our fourth republican dispensation, a political party in the shape of the NPP has incorporated militancy and violent extremism into its way of operations.”

‘No Case’

He further accused the NPP as being behind the current political vigilantism in the country.

“To give meaning to militancy and violence, a group of brigands and outright criminals have assembled and given such blood-clotting names as, Invisible forces, Delta forces,Kandaha boys, Volta crocodiles etc and  also given them covering from the seat of government to perpetuate their illegal existence.”

The opposition party went on to call out the NPP as being responsible for the shooting and killing of police officers in the country lately.

They claim to have information to that effect.

“Very credible intelligence information reaching us, has it that, a lot of the armed robbery and killing of our hardworking police officers is being done by some elements belonging to the aforementioned militant goon squads associated with the NPP.”

The party cited the Attorney General’s office as part of government machinery that condones acts of violence, especially so when the Attorney General filed a ‘No Case’ in court to discontinue a case involving a group which they believe is an NPP vigilante group.

“A typical case in point is what happened in Kumasi where criminals who beat up the regional security coordinator and also roughed-up a circuit court judge and disrupt court proceedings, are walking around as free persons because Gloria Akuffo’s Attorney General’s department decided to file a no case to discontinue the matter in court.”

‘IGP in despair’

For the NDC, all the incidents are purposefully orchestrated and executed to weaken the citizens of Ghana and to appease the “criminal groups” Nana AKufo-Addo made promises to but cannot fulfill them.

They say the general sense of security in the country has broken down because the police seem “helpless” and the IGP is in “despair”.

The press conference generally centered on issues surrounding lawlessness, insecurity, corruption, government size, nepotism, borrowing and other issues of national concern.

This comes exactly two days after President Nana Akufo-Addo met the media to give an account of his stewardship after six months in office.

By PD Wedam||Ghana

NDC adds ‘Volta Crocodiles’ to list of pro-NPP vigilante groups

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Mr Portuphy gave the list of pro-NPP vigilante groups

The opposition National Democratic Congress seems to have discovered another vigilante group doing the bidding of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Aside the known ones such as the Invisible Forces, Delta Forces and Bolga Bull Dogs, the NDC mentions the Volta Crocodiles in its latest list of the pro-NPP vigilante groups.

At a meeting with journalists at its headquarters in Accra on Thursday, National Chairman Kofi Portuphy said the Volta Crocodiles are part of the vigilante groups terrorizing Ghanaians.

Though Mr Portuphy could not give further details of the latest vigilante group, especially where they operate, he accused the groups en bloc of being behind the recent killings of police officers in the country.

“For the first time in our fourth Republican dispensation, a political party in the shape of the NPP, has incorporated militancy and violent extremism into its way of operations,” the former National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (Nadmo) said.

“To give meaning to militancy and violence, a group of brigands and outright criminals, have been assembled and given such blood-clotting names as Invisible Forces, Delta Forces, Kandaha Boys, Volta Crocodiles etc and also given official covering from the seat of Government to perpetuate their illegal existence.

“These criminal gangs have been allowed to wage a psychological war on the security apparatus by attacking and openly killing policemen in uniform.”

He said the party has intelligence that the killings are being perpetrated by the aforementioned vigilante groups.

“Per the information we are getting, these criminals are very much aware that they have full governmental backing and that in the event that they are even arrested by the police, they will be released by their political godfathers.”

He claimed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given his tacit endorsement to the militant bodies, first of all failing to prosecute them in Kumasi in the Delta Force case and earlier allowing them to beat an Assistant Superintendent of Police in uniform right in front of his nose at the presidency.

“Did we vote for change for us to be killed, or we voted for development and growth?” he wondered.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

NDC speaks Thursday

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National Chairman Kofi Portuphy (in white) will address the press conference

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) will address a press conference today, Thursday, July 20 at the party’s headquarters in Adabraka, Accra.

The conference will be addressed by National Chairman Kofi Portuphy, who is also the current leader of the party.

The address is expected to touch on national issues, especially give the party’s assessment of the first six months of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s presidency.

Invited journalists will be afforded the opportunity to ask questions.

Big wigs of the party are also expected to be present.

The party’s work so far on the Kwesi Botchwey Committee’s report will also be made known.

The conference is scheduled for 11:00am.