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I have not been suspended – Allotey Jacobs speaks

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The Central Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Barnard Allotey Jacobs has debunked reports that he has been suspended from the party over his comment on the alleged bribery scandal in Parliament.

“It is not true. It is a fake news as Donald Trump put it”, the Chairman told Onua FM’s Yen Nsempa host, Bright Asempa on Friday.

“If it is true that I have been suspended, there would have been a circular from the National Head Office signed by the General Secretary or National Organizer”.

Rumour of his suspension flooded a section of both traditional and social media.

It was rumoured that he was kicked out of the party due to comment Allotey Jacobs made that the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko did not bribe the Minority in Parliament, claiming the NDC minority just framed him up to tarnish his image.

Reacting to the issue, Mr. Allotey Jacobs said “no one can gag me. I don’t think the NDC as a party will gag its members from speaking their mind”.

He said “I speak my mind and I am an independent person that speaks his mind so I will not support the wrong doing”.

He explained that “I never said anything against the stand of the Minority in Parliament. I digested the issue and said I don’t believe he gave money to the Committee because in my life, I hate innocent people being sacrificed”.

Allotey Jacobs said “defamation is bitter and in politics, such things normally happen and we don’t have to encourage that. Let us be forthright”.

By Kwaku Antwi-Otoo |Onua 95.1FM|

Mahama is African Political Leader for 2016 – ALM

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Former President John Dramani Mahama will later today – Thursday to be decorated with the African Political Leader of the Year Award in Johannesburg, South Africa for his contributions towards deepening and enriching Ghana’s democracy and his towering status as one of Africa’s best.

The African Leadership Magazine, organizers of the awards said “Africa has found in you and leaders like you, the perfect Apostles of Good Governance and Democracy, who would help in spreading the gospel to the rest of the continent.”

Mr. Mahama is also expected to be presented with the Georgia Congressional Commendation from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus during the event.

The organizers say the award is in keeping with a tradition of presenting the positive sides of the African continent, which hardly finds space on the global stage, and celebrating exemplary leadership and individuals who have contributed to shaping the global perception of the African continent.

Chairman of the International Advisory board of the ALM Awards, Ambassador Joe Beasley said “it is gratifying to know that Africa still have leaders like you bestriding the political space.”

He also noted that Mr. Mahama made a significant contribution to Ghana’s economic growth and development; spearheaded and completed some ambitious projects; went into the elections and respected the wishes of the electorate – a feat uncommon amongst many leaders in the continent.

The former President will deliver the keynote address at the event on the theme of the Awards Programme, “How can Africa win the progress race?”

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana

Kofi Adams will get nothing from his GHc3m suit – Abronye DC snaps

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Kofi Adams

The Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe, says if the National Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has finished squandering the money his party “stole” while in power within one month in opposition, he [Kofi Adams] will not get any money from him [Kwame Baffoe].

Mr. Adams finally filed a suit claiming 3 million cedis damage against deputy General Secretary of the NPP Nana Obiri Boahene, David Asante, a member of the NPP communications team and Kwame Baffoe, alias Abronye DC, the Brong Ahafo Youth Organiser of the NPP.

According Kofi Adams, the three made defamatory statements against him when they alleged that he stole state vehicles after national security operatives seized five cars from his house.

The vehicles have since been returned after the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of police found out that the vehicles were his.

Speaking on the suit on Onua 95.1 FM’s Yen Nsempa hosted by Bright Asempa on Thursday, Mr. Baffoe said the suit is in confirmation a popular phrase that “any idiot can go court”.

He said even though he has not been served with any sermons, he is ready to face Mr. Adams in court.

Mr. Baffoe described the suit as a “communist inferior tactics” by the NDC Organizer to prevent him from continuing the retrieval of the state vehicles that are in possessions of some former government appointees “but I will do it more. They should prepare to file more in court”.

The Abronye DC said so far, 13 vehicles belonging to the state have been retrieved in the Brong Ahafo Region and are currently parked at the Regional Coordinating Council premises.

He alleged that a bulldozer and a tipper truck belonging to the Local Government Ministry that were in possession of one Mohammed Seidu who is the NDC regional organizer has also been retrieved.

Mr. Baffoe observed that the Brong Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council premises is now a tourist center as people troop to the place to catch a glimpse of the seized vehicles.

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

Groups write to Akufo-Addo to appoint Atiwa PM as DCE

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Ernest Adade Wiredu

The Presiding Member of the Atiwa District Assembly, Ernest Adade Wiredu has been backed by three groups as the right man for the appointment of a District Chief Executive for the area.

The Concerned Assembly Members of Atiwa, Concerned Chiefs of Atiwa and some members of the New Patriotic Party in the Atiwa East have in a joint letter asked the office of the president to consider him for the job.

The groups are confident Mr. Adade Wiredu is best placed to confront the challenges facing the area as well as help the people there.

According to the chiefs, they have done extensive consultations on four persons who have been shortlisted which influenced their conclusion that the Presiding Member who represents the Asamamg Tamfoe Electoral area is the best person for the post.

They also observed that since the creation of the Atiwa District, all the DCEs have come from the west of the district. It is therefore fair that equal opportunity is given to someone from the eastern part of the area, they said.

His supporters also argued that after losing the Atiwa East parliamentary primary in 2012 to Abena Osei Asare, Adade Wiredy did not relent to support her throughout the campaign which saw her becoming a legislator.

The groups in separate interviews contended that the Presiding Member has worked with the former DCE and therefore knows the various communities in the jurisdiction and also conversant with the problems facing the community.

Aside being a strong anti-galamsey activist, he is seen as a unifier who has been able to unite the assembly members irrespective of their political affiliation, seeing him as someone who can help Nana Akufo-Addo to achieve his vision for the people of Atiwa.

By Asiamah Dulcie||Ghana

Sam George is a serpent, he can never be my friend – ET Mensah

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Enoch Teye Mensah

Veteran politician, Enoch Teye Mensah has maintained that the current Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Samuel George is a wicked person who can never be his friend or son.

The former Sports Minister and a one-time Mayor of Accra who was interacting with host of Sunrise Morning Show, Winston Amoah today described the young politician as an “Absalom and if he were his son, he would have divorced him.”

He added, “No, no, no he can never be, he’s a small boy he can’t be my son. I have eight children and he is probably the age mate of my seventh child. My children are very, very, respectful, they don’t insult their elders.

“The kind of things this boy did is horrible. I would have divorced him if he were my son. He came around, I accepted him as a son, gave him all the opportunity and to be adopted as a son, but he turned round and stabbed me in the face, stomach and everywhere.

“That boy is a serpent, he is wicked.”

 By Mercy C. Adjabeng|3FM92.7|

NDC cancels demo; asks Akufo-Addo to disband Invincible Forces

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Opposition National Democratic Congress is demanding that President Akufo-Addo disbands the Invincible Forces, a vigilante group of the governing party.

The party has in the past accused the group of carrying out “barbaric” attacks on supporters of the NDC after the party lost the 2016 general elections.

President Akufo-Addo in his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday condemned the attacks and charged all to “ensure that this is the last time that such undignified act occurring during our period of transition”.

Though the NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia on Wednesday welcomed the president’s directive, he asked the president to move a step further to show his commitment.

“In this regard, we wish to request the president to disband and demobilise his illegal vigilante group, the Invincible Forces with immediate effect,” he said in a press statement.

Planned demonstration

The youth wing of National Democratic Congress had planned to hit the streets on Friday to register their displeasure over government’s seemingly silence on the attacks on its members and supporters.

But Asiedu Nketia said the demonstration has been put on hold because of the president’s assurance.

“On our part, we are calling off the planned demonstration of our Youth Wing against NPP violence scheduled for February 24, as a sign of good faith,” he said.

The party hitherto had “asked our members to employ the first law of nature, which is, self-defense: as the only way of fending off the fiendish attacks of the Nana Akufo-Addo’s Invisible Forces.”

By Isaac Essel ||Ghana

NPP confirms demise of former Akwatia MP

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) branch at Akwatia in the Eastern Region has confirmed the death of the former Member of Parliament for the Constituency, Dr Kofi Asare.

The NPP says Dr. Asare died in an accident between Abetifi and Agogo road Tuesday evening.

The Akwatia NPP Constituency Secretary, Eugene Acheampong who confirmed the sad news to Onua FM’s Yen Nsempa hosted by Bright Asempa explained that they were expecting President Akufo-Addo to give late Dr. Asare appointment in his government.

Mr. Acheampong explained that Dr. Asare drove his vehicle into an abandoned articulated truck in the curve on the Abetifi-Agogo trunk road Tuesday.

He said the body is currently at the Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital.

Dr. Asare was working with Presbyterian University Collage, Agogo Campus.  He hailed from Akyem Wenkyi and left behind 6 children.

He was 63.

By Kwaku Antwi-Otoo|OnuaFM|

Collapsing: Short speeches are good for Akufo-Addo’s own health – MP

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Thomas Ampem Nyarko

The Member of Parliament for Asuogyaman Constituency in the Eastern Region, Thomas Ampem Nyarko has observed that it was for a good reason why President Akufo-Addo kept his State of the Nation Address brief.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP underscored that the president may not have the stamina to stand for long, explaining that a short address will save Nana Akufo-Addo from collapsing.

Mr. Ampem Nyarko was contributing to discussions on Onua FM’s Yen Nsempa hosted by Bright Kwasi Asempa on Wednesday.

“Ghanaians would not want to see him falling down, so it was good he was brief albeit the statement should have contained all the necessary things Ghanaians wanted to hear”, the MP said.

The MP who is the former District Chief Executive for Asuogyaman noted, “you cut your coat according to your size so it was good he chose his speech in the duration but he did not touch on most things in the sector”.

He faulted President Akufo-Addo for failing to mention positive things that were achieved by former President Mahama.

Mr. Ampem Nyarko cited for instance that the major projects executed by the NDC-led government in the water sector alone, and yet yesterday address did not capture any.

Bright Wireko-Brobby

But the Member of Parliament for Hemang Lower Denkyira in the Central Region, Bright Wireko-Brobby differed in opinion, noting that argument about the length of the speech was neither here nor there.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP analysed, for example, in examination, some people write few but they get pass marks, others write more but they fail so the argument about the duration of the speech does not hold.

He also mentioned said the then NDC administration did not give the NPP administration adequate handing over notes.

“You cannot trace any handing over notes in 2012, it would have been difficult to trace a handing over notes if they had lost in 2012 so we went into the 2016 handing over notes and realized it is more darker than what we see”.

By Kwaku Antwi-Otoo |Onua 95.1FM|

MP replies Akufo-Addo: Don’t rush to crash

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Member of Parliament for Krachi West, Helen Adjoa Ntoso, has asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to tread cautiously in his bid to fix the “heavily indebted” economy and not rush to hit a snag.

The president in delivering his maiden State of the Nation Address Tuesday said the economic situation of the country requires immediate action and that he is in a hurry to fix it, urging all Ghanaians to be in a hurry.

“I have heard it said that I am behaving like a man in a hurry. Mr. Speaker, I am, indeed, in a hurry, I am in a great hurry. The times, in which we live, demand that we, all, be in a hurry to deal with the problems we face,” Nana Akufo-Addo told Parliament.

Commenting on the statement by the President, the MP who is also a former Volta Regional Minister under the Mahama-led government warned against any hasty move by Nana Akufo-Addo.

“He [Nana Akufo-Addo] must take his time and study how things are done and take it one after the other. He should not rush. He should go slowly and should seek the guidance of God,” she said on Accra-based Onua FM.

She said should the President rush in doing things, he will hit a snag, hence wants him to take his time because he has four years to fix the economy.

Notwithstanding, he said the president cannot afford not to fix the economy, saying “he should better do because Ghanaians will come after him if he fails”.

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

I was not elected by Ghanaians to complain – Prez Akufo-Addo

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The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has maintained that he was not elected by the people of Ghana to complain but rather to do a job for mother Ghana.

The president was speaking at his first state of the nations address Tuesday morning at the Parliament house in Accra where he reiterated his governments commitment to fixing Ghana’s economic challenges.

“I wasn’t elected by the people to complain… I was elected to fix what is broken and my government is determined to do just that”, he said.

“At the beginning of March, the Minister for Finance will come to this house to give details of our economic policies and the clear road map that we have made out for taking the country out of the current predicament onto a sustainable path of recovery, jobs creation and prosperity.

“I an absolute in my confidence that we have the program, the competence, the commitment and the goodwill of the people to turn this around and the by the grace of God, we will succeed”.

Nana Afrane Asante/