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Gov’t has lost moral right & authority to investigate EC – NDC MP

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Mrs. Charlotte Osei, chairperson of the EC

The Member of Parliament for Adaklu Constituency in the Volta Region says the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government does not have the moral right and authority to investigate the alleged rot at the Electoral Commission (EC).

Kwame Governs Agbodza said there have been equally serious allegations against various government agencies since President Akuffo Addo took office but the government has failed to investigate so there is no need for government to come in and either investigate the EC or take the EC boss to court.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP was contributing to the alleged rot at the EC in which the Chairperson, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, is being accused by some concern staff of the Electoral Commission.

Mrs. Osei is billed to answer questions on the fees charged journalist to cover the 2016 elections but there are strong indications some MP’s would want her to comment on the happenings at the EC when she gets on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday.

Mr. Governs Agbodza told TV3’s New Day Host, Bright Nana Amfoh that “the NPP government has no moral authority to question what is happening at the EC. What happened at BOST is equally to be investigated but the government stepped in to halt the investigations. When people dirtied themselves in the oil deal they failed to investigate”.

The MP added that “the army worm chemical procurement was done fraudulently. It was not done properly and they are now trying to regularize the procurement processes after they bought it dubiously, and it even failed to work”.

He explained that “NPP never wanted her [EC Boss] to succeed. Sending this issue to court is a misplace priority because every government agency makes mistakes, but when the mistake happens, it is the procedure that will be used to unravel which is important”.

The Member of Parliament for Effiduase-Asokore Constituency Ashanti Region, Nana Ayew Afriye, said the EC Boss and the NDC party erred by commenting on the issue.

“She should not have reacted. She should have kept quiet over it”, he explained.

The MP said the government is not saying the EC boss should be prosecuted but the NPP are saying the authorities should look into the issue to find out the truth or otherwise about the allegations.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

Flagstaff House integrity has been destroyed if …. – Murtala Mohammed

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Seat of government, the Flagstaff House

Former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry in the Mahama-led administration has explained that if the integrity of the Electoral Commission (EC) has been destroyed as a result of the alleged rot currently pending, then the integrity of the seat of government, the Flagstaff House, has also been destroyed.

Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed said “the integrity of the seat of government is completely destroyed if you say the EC integrity is destroyed because we have a president whose inaugural speech was plagiarized” and that also constitute destruction of integrity.

Prez. Akufo Addo giving his inaugural speech at the Swearing In on January 7, 2017

The former National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Member of Parliament for the Nantong constituency in the Northern Region was contributing to a discussion on TV3’s New Day on Tuesday hosted by Bright Nana Amfoh.

A petition by some concern workers of the EC has triggered several revelations at the EC which have attracted reactions from the EC Boss, Mrs. Challote Osei and her two deputies, Georgina Amankwaa and Amadu Sulley.

Civil society organizations have also jumped into the revelations and have called for the probe of these allegations since it has marred the integrity of the EC.

Murtala Mohammed said “the Constitution is very clear on what the President should do. He should refer it to the CJ to determine if there is a Prima facie against her [EC boss] upon which investigations can commence or not, the CJ will decide whether there should be investigations or not”.

He said, “the NPP never liked the appointment of the EC boss because she was appointed by former President Mahama and that those who made the allegations against the woman were faceless. He further added that there are three sides to every story, your side, my side and the truth”.

“I am surprised the NPP is pretending not knowing anything about the allegations”, the former Deputy Communications Minister added.

The NPP National Nasara Coordinator, Kamal-Deen Abdulai said, “we should be worried as Ghanaians or if you are not even a Ghanaian but domicile in Ghana, you should be worried about what is happening at the EC”.

A body like the EC, which is supposed to be neutral and independent, today you come out with these allegations. Pointing out to questionable contracts. I am disappointed as I sit today, totally disappointed and this call for the probe is important”.

He said, “the speaker of Parliament, leadership of Parliament, both minority and majority, must look into the matter because allegations of vote rigging have appeared and you think the integrity will not be compromised?”

Kamal-Deen said “some people who were supposed to be NPP were transferred and you think the integrity of the body is not questionable? It is. It is a complete mess and we should not encourage it”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

NDC to seek gov’t help to complete Asomdwee Park

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Prof. Atta Mills was buried at the Asomdwe Park in 2012

A Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, has found it difficult to explain how the Asomdwee Park was not completed before his party left office.

The Park is where the mortal remains of former President and NDC leader John Evans Atta Mills were laid.

It is to serve as the graveyard – of some sort – for late Ghana ex-presidents.

It was set up in 2012, when the late professor died in office.

Five years after late Professor Mills’ burial, Mr Anyidoho, who served as his spokesperson at the presidency, said an appeal will be made to the government to see “if they can help so we can complete it”.

Speaking to Onua FM’s Nhyiraba Opoku Aggrey at the 5th year commemoration, Mr Anyidoho said: “As we move along, we’re going to see what we can do under the auspices of Atta Mills Foundation, the Atta Mills Institute and well-wishers and of course we will appeal to government as well if they can help so we can complete it. The master plan was for it to be like the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.”

The Park is originally to have a mausoleum, a library and a mini-zoo.

None of these facilities have been completed. The white geese seen five years ago are nowhere to be found.

“Even the Coat of Arms is wearing off,” Joseph Mettle-Nunoo, a US-based Ghanaian said on Monday.

Onua FM’s Nhyiraba Opoku Aggrey reported that there is no inscription to indicate that the place is a tomb of a former president.

The buildings earmarked for the library, cafeteria, and restrooms have been left at the mercy of the weather, she said.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Atik Mohammed defies suspension to be at post

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Atik Mohammed arriving at the PNC headquarters

Embattled General Secretary of the Peoples’ National Congress, Atik Mohammed on Monday defied his suspension by the National Executive Committee and reported to work at the party’s headquarters in Accra.

Atik was suspended on Saturday, July 22, 2017 after an extra-ordinary National Executive Committee for “misconduct” which the party said has brought the image of the party into disrepute.

As of 10:20am on Monday, all the offices at the PNC headquarters in Accra were locked up.

Barely an hour later, the embattled Atik Mohammed, walked into his office.

Atik Mohammed in his office at the party headquarters

For him, the National Executive Committee does not have the powers to suspend the general secretary and chairman of the party.

He explained that Article 67 of the PNC constitution states that, in case of any misconduct, the officer in question would be referred to a disciplinary committee, whose findings would be approved by a standing committee.

He also indicated that in the case of a removal or suspension of a party official, Article 51 of PNC amended constitution requires the support of at least two thirds of NEC. He added that there ought to be an agenda to that effect.

Atik Mohammed however said the agenda for the NEC meeting held on Saturday July 22 which eventually turned out to announce his “suspension” had to do with why Dr Edward Mahama accepted ambassadorial appointment without recourse to the party.

He further argueed that the National Executive Committee of the party does not have the power to assess his performance in the last elections.

By Jonathan Adams|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

EC ‘corruption’: Step aside – PPP tells Charlotte Osei, Commissioners

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Chairperson of the EC [middle] and two of the Commissioners

The Progressive People’s Party has called the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Mrs Charlotte Osei and all Commissioners of the EC to step aside to allow for an independent probe into the allege corruption against them.

It said the allegations against its Chair, Mrs Charlotte Osei and counter allegation against other Commissioners including Director of Operations, do not augur well for the Commission.

“We therefore advise that all the Commissioners must willingly offer to step aside to prepare the grounds for a Commission of Enquiry to be set up to investigate the allegations and to put the troubling matters to rest,” the party said in a statement issued Monday.

The statement signed by the Secretary….said the EC is a sensitive state institution hence the allegations cannot be allowed to “fester unduly. The potential for these to disturb the peace which we are currently enjoying in this country is immense”.

It expressed dismay at the current “worrying” situation at the Commission , indicating that the allegations “are serious enough to merit further interrogation.”

The PPP wants Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to make a constitutional intervention without fear or favour to salvage the situation.

It has meanwhile asked Ghanaians to demand probity and accountability in the issue and desist from polarizing the issues.

Background

Some anonymous staff of the EC last week petitioned President Akufo-Add to initiate impeachment proceedings against Mrs Osei over alleged breaches of procurement and financial administration laws and conflict of interest among others.

READ: Charlotte Osei faces removal as EC Chair

But Mrs Osei responded to all allegations leveled against her and in turn accused her deputy commissioners of insubordination, corruption, breach of financial administration laws and incompetence.

By P.D Wedam|3news.com|Ghana

African leaders must be guided by Mills’ good leadership – Ludwig Hlodze

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Prof. John Evans Atta Mills died on July 24, 2012

African leaders have been asked to see Ghana’s late president, John Evans Atta Mills, as a symbol of good leadership to guide their governance.

Former National Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress, Ludwig Hlodze, said Prof. Mills was an embodiment of humility, a trait rare among African heads of states.

Speaking on Onua FM Monday morning to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the demise of Prof Mills, Mr Hlodze said the late President brought so much respect and honour not just to the people of Ghana but to the entire African continent.

He observed Prof. Mills’ good virtue and respect for everyone regardless of the person’s status in society was unmatched.

“My colleagues and I, one day decided to change the SIM card of his mobile phone because we thought the President phone number had become unnecessarily popular…After 5 days, the President having realized he was no longer receiving too many calls, asked me why this is so, and I confessed to him that me and my colleagues had changed his SIM Card.

“He became furious and I nearly lost my job. He warned me never to repeat that again, saying he became President thanks to the hardwork and trust of the people”, he narrated to Bright Kwesi Asempa, host of the “Yen Nsem Pa” on Onua FM.

According to Ludwig, Prof. Mills was down to earth that he sometimes ask him to call five to six constituency chairmen “just to say hi to them”.

“You can imagine how you will feel if you are a constituency chairman, sitting under a tree playing draught, and the President calls you to ask you how you are doing” he said..

He said heads of states were always associated themselves with Prof Mills whenever he attended African Union Summits due to his humility.

By Bright Dzakah/Onua 95.1fm/3news.com

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”.

By 3news.com|Ghana

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|3news.com|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|3news.com|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|3news.com|Ghana