United Television (UTV) a subsidiary of Despite Media has suspended a political program dubbed ‘NOKW3R3 MMR3’ hosted by the National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi. Management of the media house in a letter sighted by MyNewsGh.com states that the program is courting several legal suits for the station which has informed its decision.
It reads in part “The Management of United Television (UTV), regrettably seek to inform you of our decision to suspend the programs mentioned above, which currently airs on our network on Saturdays at 7 pm and Mondays at 9pm respectively. This unfortunate decision has been taken due to the numerous allegations and legal actions the station has been faced with and subsequent settlements it has entered into which emanated from the airing of the programs.
UTV’s willingness to allow your political party to purchase airtime and host your own programs on our channel was as a mutt of the restrictions imposed by the President due to COVID-19 pandemic, which does not allow mass gatherings and rallies. Knowing very well that as we are at the peak of an election year, the programs would offer both party’s the opportunity to reach a larger audience. Thus the aim of the programs as agreed was to allow your outfit to disseminate your campaign message and details of your manifesto to the general public in order for Ghanaians to make informed decisions during the 2020 Elections. The program took a different turn when same was aired. To protect our brand, avoid legal suits, retraction and apologies management has decided to suspend the program until further notice. We welcome any opportunity to discuss further, how our network can be made available to your outfit to educate the people of Ghana on your party’s policies and manifesto ahead of the December 7 elections which will not seek to place the station at a, legal risk and maintain our station’s ( UTV) unbiasedness in Ghanaian politics and reportage in general.
Mr. Jackson said the good people of AAK will not be the “Esau” in the current dispensation to sell their birthright to a foreigner.
It’s very appalling to see certain individuals, because of their selfish interest try to impose someone from nowhere on the people of AAK.
He asked the political figure key questions below:
√Mr. Felix Kwakye Ofosu should show us his family house and who his family head is?
√Tell us what you did for us as a minister for eight (8) good years.
√He should just mention one project he brought to Abura Asebu Kwamankese or a Chief or a village he visited during his 8 years as a minister.
√Which Chief from the three traditional states did he invite at his vetting or any other occasion as a minister?
The former deputy minister, was rejected at Cape Coast North when he went there to contest. Later, he went to Mfansteman constituency where he was also rejected as well because he’s neither from there nor qualify as a normal residence. So WHY AAK?
He further stated that, maybe few people in NDC in the constituency can take money from him and sell their birthrights but the traditional authorities, opinion leaders and the general population will not sell theirs.
The people in the constituency cannot and will not sell Abura Asebu Kwamankese to a foreigner, so after December 7th polls the former deputy minister of information can go back and collect whatever anyone took from him.
The Communication Secretariat of the opposition National Democratic Congress in the Essikado-Ketan Constituency of the Western Region has advised the Incumbent Member of Parliament for the New Patriotic Party ‘NPP’, Hon. Joe Ghartey to call his constituency executives to order over vile propoganda with full of lies and insults aimed at attacking and tarnishing the high earned reputation of NDC parliamentary candidate, Prof. Grace Dr. Ayensu-Danquah.
According to the Essikado-Ketan NDC Communication Officer, Taylor Frederick, Hon. Joe Ghartey who has been the Member of Parliament for the constituency for 16 years and have nothing relevant to showcase as a developmental projects being qualitative or quantitative.
Moreover the mediocre and shambolic Performance by the Essikado-Ketan NPP parliamentary candidate for the past sixteen years has created strong dislike and aversion among the larger constituents of Essikado-Ketan constituency.
Mr. Taylor Frederick continued that the NPP executives and their hired commentators have resorted to unnecessary politicking by bad-mouth and falsifying things about Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah when they have the opportunity to speak on the airwaves at any radio stations in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
This was revealed when Vision1 FM Western Regional Correspondent Benjamin Bray cited a press statement signed by Taylor Frederick as the communication officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress in the Essikado-Ketan Constituency.
In the press statement, the communication secretariat of Essikado-Ketan “NDC” debunked recently allegations when their first female parliamentary candidate was tagged with donating damage medical equipments to Kansaworado Chps Compound Constituency
Meanwhile the Medical practioner is said to be a professor of medicine at the University of Utah in the United State of America and at the University of Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana.
Again she is the Chief Executive Officer of Healing Hands Organization with track records, both professional and academia field.
“the Executives of the New Patriotic Party ‘NPP’ have notice the treat that the medical officer who double as the first female Parliamentary Candidate in the constituency poses to their failed Member of Parliament for the Constituency hence the unnecessary and unwarranted attacks on National Democratic Congress Parliamentary Candidate”, NDC Communication Secretariat emphasize in the press statement.
Information gathered indicate that there isn’t any CHPs compound at Kansaworado at currently. Meanwhile the Kansaworado Queenmother and her entourage deeply thought of the health status of the commuters and therefore made provision of some apartment within the palace to be established as CHPs Compound where the Essikado-Ketan NDC parliamentary Candidate, Prof. Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah came in with medical equipments to help the community to set up the mini health facility.
“We would like to state ccategorically that, the statement is purportedly lies, the items are in good conditions and the Queenmother who received the equipments I behalf of the community has come out of debunked the falsehood statement”, Taylor Frederick added.
The Essikado-Ketan National Democratic Congress communication Secretariat has therefore debunked towards Prof. Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah. Meanwhile they accepted the fact that the constituency needs development not attacks and intimidation whereas they wish that the vile outmoded means of communication will be abandoned and push for a debate between their parliamentary candidate, Prof. Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah and the incumbent Member of Parliament, Hon. Joe Ghartey to enable voters the opportunity to make an informed choice.
The western regional correspondent for Vision1 FM, Benjamin Bray’s effort in reaching the New Patriotic Party ‘NPP’ at the Essikado-Ketan Constituency to respond to these allegations levelled against them by the opposition National Democratic Congress has proved futile.
The Communication Secretariat of the opposition party, National Democratic Congress in the Essikado-Ketan Constituency of the Western Region has debunked rumor of alleged damaged medical equipments donated by its Parliamentary Candidate, Prof. Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah.
The first female Parliamentary Candidate for NDC in the Essikado-Ketan Constituency is said to be a professor of medicine at the University of Utah in the United State of America and at the University of Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana.
Again Dr. Grace is the Chief Executive Officer of Healing Hands Organization with track records, both professional and academia field.
A press statement cited by Vision1 FM Western Regional Correspondent Benjamin Bray which was signed by Mr. Taylor Frederick “Communication Officer” indicate that, “The Executives of the National Democratic Congress ‘NDC’ in the Essikado-Ketan Constituency have taken notice of vile propoganda with full of lies and insults being used by the Executives of the New Patriotic Party ‘NPP’ in the Constituency which aim at attacking and tarnishing the high earned reputation of Prof. Dr. Ayensu-Danquah “NDC Parliamentary Candidate.”
According to the Essikado-Ketan NDC communication Secretariat, the Executives of the New Patriotic Party ‘NPP’ have notice the treat that the medical officer who double as the first female Parliamentary Candidate in the constituency to the failed incumbent Member of Parliament for the Constituency, Hon. Joe Ghartey hence the unnecessary and unwarranted attacks on National Democratic Congress Parliamentary Candidate.
The NDC communication in the Essikado-Ketan Constituency stated that such slander and palpable falsehood included the recent news that went viral on social media across the country indicating that Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah donated damaged hospital to a CHIP Compound in Kansaworado in the Constituency.
“We would like to state ccategorically that, the statement is purportedly lies, the items are in good conditions and the Queenmother who received the equipments I behalf of the community has come out of debunked the falsehood statement”, they emphasize.
Information gathered indicate that there isn’t any CHIP compound at Kansaworado at currently. Meanwhile the Kansaworado Queenmother and her entourage deeply thought of the health status of the commuters and there made provision of some apartment within the palace to be established as CHIP Compound where the Essikado-Ketan NDC parliamentary Candidate, Prof. Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah came in with medical equipments to help the community to set up the mini health facility.
The Essikado-Ketan National Democratic Congress communication Secretariat there emphasize that constituency needs development not attacks and intimidation whereas it is there wish that the vile outmoded means of communication will be abandoned and push for a debate between their parliamentary candidate, Prof. Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah and the incumbent Member of Parliament, Hon. Joe Ghartey to enable voters the opportunity to make an informed choice.
Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the vice presidential candidate for the National Democratic Congress ( NDC ), has embarked on a three-day tour of all the nine Constituencies in the Western North Region on Wednesday September 2, 2020.
Addressing a community durbar at Sefwi Bekwai, told Lord fm reporter Kwame Kontor Boateng that the December elections should not marred with violence but rather come together as one people with common destiny.
According to the first ever female running mate for the National Democratic Congress, John Mahama and Jane administration will foster on job creations and provide Technical Vocational Training (TVET) free for all and to try to fulfill promises as well as completion of abandoned projects.
She added the biggest opposition NDC if voted into power in 2021 will create more jobs for Ghanaian youth in their next administration.
Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang appealed to electorates not to be influence with money by giving them their voters ID card which can cause them in the general elections.
The Western North Regional Chairman of the NDC, Mr.Micheal Aidoo popularly known as Big Aidoo eulogized former president Mahama for choosing a credible running mate and presented her to the people of Western North and also steer the affairs of the country if elected in December 2020 elections.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), parliamentary candidate for Bibiani Anhwianso Bekwai Constituency, Mr.Stephen Donkor stated that he together with the National Democratic Congress flagbearer John Dramani Mahama and the Professor Jane will be sworn in after the elections and will bringing development to Bibiani Anhwianso Bekwai constituents.
Filed By: Kwame Kontor Boateng, Lord fm, Sefwi Bekwai.
The Electoral Commission has withdrawn the voters identification card issued to the opposition National Democratic Congress’ parliamentary candidate for the Cape Coast North.
According to the Commission, Kwamena Mintah Nyarku allegedly provided false information when he applied for the card, hence, the withdrawal.
EC’s decision might prevent Mr Nyarku from contesting for the 2020 parliamentary seat of the Cape Coast North constituency since he may not have a voters card when the nominations and registration opens.
And by the electoral laws, one cannot contest for a year’s election if the individual is not a registered voter.
The decision to withdraw his card was communicated to him a short while ago.
The Kwahu Traditional Council has banned the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) from conducting party activities in the area.
This is after the party defied the Council’s directive against the invoking of curses within the Traditional Area.
The executives of the NDC in the Eastern Region including the party’s Regional Communications Officer Dallas Williams, Sidi Bello Deputy Regional Youth Organizer, Daniel Aboagye a former youth organizer and few others were recently seen by River Trado in Nkawkaw invoking a curse on persons alleged to have been imported in the region by the NPP to register in the ongoing voters registration exercise.
Announcing the ban, the Linguist of the Kwahu Traditional Area, Nana Akouko Boateng stated that the Council considers the action of the NDC party as an affront, hence the decision to crack the whip.
The Traditional Council further ordered the closure of two radio stations in the area sympathetic to the NDC and owned by the former Eastern Regional Secretary of the NDC, Mark Oliver Kervor.
“…We take a strong view of his conduct, you (Mark Oliver Kevor) were summoned before the Traditional Council but you refused to show up. You then go and sit on your radio stations which are located on Kwahu land and run us down. We order that the two stations belonging to Kevor – Okwahu FM and Afram FM be closed by 12:00pm today. If the stations continue to operate beyond the stipulated time, we’ll advise ourselves.
“Again, we’ve realized that the NDC party within the Kwahu land does not respect the traditional authority. Consequently, we’ve banned NDC from any party activities in this area. We don’t want to see any NDC flag, poster in the territorial area of Kwahu.”
With everything appeared set on the side of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, the nation is waiting with bated breath on the Presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to name his running mate for the December 7, polls.
This paper’s several attempts to get the person to partner the NDC’s John Dramani Mahama in the battle against Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for some days, continue to draw the response “JM is keeping everything close to his chest” and “the man is tight-lipped”.
The ex-President’s aides, who would ordinarily talk to The Herald, continue to insist they are not aware of the boss’ choice for a running mate, but they were sure that he was going to make a good choice to enhance the NDC 2020 ticket.
But the names of many party members continue to make the rounds with report that one of them could be named soon, after Mr Mahama’s final meeting with the National Executive Committee (NEC).
This will be after meetings with NDC’s founder Jerry John Rawlings and the current Chairman of the Council of Elders of NDC, Alhaji Iddrisu Mahama.
The last meeting between him and the NEC at the party’s headquarters was to decide on the membership of the National Campaign Tema led by Joshua Alabi.
Although tight-lipped, The Herald is informed that names such as ex-Finance Minister, Kwesi Botchway, ex-Education Minister, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, Kwame Awuah Darko, the former boss of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and the Bulk Oil Storage and transportation Company (BOST), Kwasi Ahwoi, a former Agric and Interior Minister.
Also, on the list, The Herald learnt, is Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, a former Finance Minister, banker and businessman, who once served as Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BOG).
Former Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) as well as the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Alex Mould, is also on the list.
The Herald picked up information that, although ex-President Mahama, wanted Prof. Kwesi Botchway as running mate, based on his knowledge and experience of managing the Ghanaian economy during the turbulence times of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), the Military junta led by Flt. Lt. JJ Rawlings, the man who was once served as Chairman of the National Development Planning (NDPC) complained of old age, failing health, as well as family protest. But for these, Prof. Botchway, would have been named long ago.
His only challenge was that he was coming from the Central Region, because the NDC, had had John Evans Atta Mills, and Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur from the region. Some party bigwigs, feel that the Central Region, has been offered a lot of opportunities to serve the country.
Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, a former Finance Minister, is mentioned as the candidate of ex-President Jerry John Rawlings. His experience as an economist, a former lecturer, a banker, a businessman; owner of the Unibank, Unicredit, Star Insurance, Prime Insurance, Starr FM among others.
His Ashanti lineage, to many is to serve as a big plus as the NDC is seen to be dominated by Northerners, Ewes, Fantes, Nzemas among others, but the Ashantis are believed to be in the party, but have always played a backburner’s roles. But like Prof. Botchway, Dr.Duffour, is also facing the age issue. He is over 70-years, just like Prof. Botchway.
Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, appears to be in a pole position among all with her gender, record as the first female Vice-Chancellor of a University; the University of Cape Coast (UCC). A former trained journalist, who also served as an Education Minister, where she excelled and made a name for herself.
Alex Mould, who is also on the list has over 30 years of international energy and banking experience, and widely regarded as one of Africa’s leading authorities on energy, economic and leadership issues.
The ex-boss of the national oil company for Ghana, was charged by President Mahama to develop GNPC into an independent and world-class operator, through the execution of an accelerated growth strategy.
He began his career with GNPC, where his core responsibilities, included refining, crude and petroleum products supply and risk management.
Prior to joining GNPC, he was responsible for regulating the downstream sector as CEO.
He is said to be passionate about local content and public-private partnerships that demonstrate how the energy sector can generate investment and drive economic empowerment and transformation.
Mr Mould is said to have extensive corporate and investment banking experience was gained from Standard Chartered Bank (New York and Ghana) and Union Bank of Switzerland (New York), focusing on transaction origination, client relationship management, product management, strategic planning, business strategy and development.
Alexander holds an MBA (Finance, Economics and Decision Science) from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Illinois. He also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma (Oil Marketing and Economics) from College of Petroleum Studies, Oxford; and a Chemical Engineering BSc from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Kumasi in Ghana.
His Expertise are mentioned as leadership, management, finance, economic management, power, Oil & Gas. (Upstream), Crude and Petroleum Products supply and trading.
Other media reports have also mentioned MP for Korle-Klottey Constituency and daughter of ex-President Rawlings, Dr. Zenator Rawlings and NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, among others.
Social media publication WhatApp news, report how Mr Mahama’s choice had come after a long string of consultations within the opposition party which was truncated by the outbreak of the terrifying Covid-19 coronavirus in the country.
The NDC running mate selection, has been a subject of intense concern for political pundits who have warned that picking a running mate too close to a major presidential election could be a fatal gamble for John Mahama.
Even Mr Mahama’s arch-rivals in the governing NPP and the incumbent flagbearer of the party, Akufo-Addo, had taken pot-shots at the NDC candidate for the seeming delay.
Beaming excitedly while picking his own running mate on Saturday, June 27, 2020, Akufo-Addo referred to the NDC’s running mate blues, saying: “…we have no such difficulty. We have the most fitting person to feature on our ticket.”
However, Mr Mahama, had earlier conceded that the outbreak of Covid-19 in Ghana mid-March 2020, had complicated matters on when would be considered appropriate to name his running mate, amidst radical public reforms being undertaken due to the coronavirus.
“In the midst of COVID-19, what is the use of naming a running mate you can’t even outdoor him. The president is encouraging all of us to stay at home, that’s not the most opportune time to come out and name your running mate and so we are on track,” the NDC flagbearer responded to a query put to him during a public event in May 2020.
Between the two shortlisted persons, Whatsup News gathered that MrÂ Awuah Darko is the favourite of Mr Mahama, but insiders say the powerful Ahwoi family, are relentless in their lobby for Kwasi Awoi to emerge the final running-mate.
The Ahwoi brothers are a powerful power bloc within the NDC and have reportedly groomed Kwasi Ahwoi for the top Job. The bloc is also nicknamed “Church Street” bloc.
Mr Ahwoi, may be judged based on his last appointment as Ghana’s interior Minister in comparison to Awuah-Darko’s milestone appointment as the unprecedented CEO of two major oil parastatal of Ghana-BOST and TOR.
During his time, Awuah Darko, was credited for virtually bringing the comatose TOR back to life and turn it around from a resource-guzzling entity to a profit-making one.
As CEO of TOR, Mr Awuah-Darko managed the restructuring of the entire refinery operations, slashing TOR’s perennial debt of $650million to some $350million.
Awuah-Darko, who hails from the Ashanti Region, hasÂ extensive experience in the finance and insurance spanning across Africa, Europe and the Americas, and he would be matching the NPP’s Bawumia on this front.
On the other hand, Mr Ahwoi’s forte is in planning and resource management, having held several positions in that regard. With his extensive professional and political career, he is surely a formidable choice.
On Wednesday, Mr Mahama, announced receipt of a copy of the party’s 2020 manifesto further confirming his readiness for the election.
Receiving the manifesto, Mr Mahama wrote on Facebook “this document, The People’s Manifesto, will represent the NDC and my social contract with the good people of Ghana.”
The Republic Day announcement came eight months after the NDC opened its doors to the public, calling for manifesto suggestions.
Expressing gratitude to the public for their contributions, Mahama wrote: I thank you all for your contributions to the compilation, and as I have promised.
“I look forward to the Policy Dialogue Series through which I will be sharing details of the various sectors and themes of the manifesto.”
An NDC polling agent in the Sunyani West Constituency, Felix Boahen is in the grips of Sunyani Municipal Police for illegal possesesion of filled EC’s guarantors form.
The NDC man was spotted when Mr. Kwame Baffoe aka Abronye, the Bono Regional NPP Chairman and his team visited the Dumasua polling station in the Sunyani West Constituency this afternoon. Chairman Abronye and his team upon noticing this illegality picked up Boahen and handed him over to the police.
It is not clear how and where the NDC agent managed to get hundreds of the said form fully filled and thumb printed at the said polling station.
Attached are copies of forms in the possession of the NDC agent…!!
A member of the Communication team of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says former President John Dramani Mahama was chosen to lead the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) because of his wealth and not competence.
Ishmael Addo alleged that “John Mahama was not the candidate the NDC wanted but the party needs money and so they decided to choose him because he has money more than any other person in the party”
Mahama ‘bloodshed’ speech The NPP Communicator further lashed the former President for ‘making comments that can lead to bloodshed’
According to him, “it’s sad such comments were coming from the former President; it would have been pardonable if party communicators made those comments…I think he has already seen his defeat”
The former President, delivering a speech at the 28th anniversary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), issued a stern warning to the Electoral Commission (EC) ahead of the 2020 elections.
According to him, the party will not accept the 2020 election results should they suspect any underhand dealings by the EC.
“As leader of the NDC, I wish to serve notice that we shall do all our parts to ensure that our country remains peaceful and that the electoral process proceeds smoothly, but let nobody assume that we will accept the results of a flawed election”, he cautioned.
Ex-president John Evans Atta Mills died as a sitting president. He died at the 37 Military Hospital. Even though he has a chronic health condition which is believed to be the cause of his death. A lot of people still doubt he died a natural death and believes someone was involved in his demise.
It has been years since he died and was buried but yet still people also dig into matters surrounding his death to the extent that the death of this noble peace – maker has now turned into politics.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) believes Former Vice President and President John Dramani Mahama was part of the conspiracy to take the life of Ex President Atta Mills so he can take over from him.
For them to wait for election year to talk about such things makes it look like they are using it for their own advantage to defame the flag bearer of the opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The brother of the Late President Atta Mills speaking on Accra FM today told listeners that rumor going about that the autopsy of the Late President was never out is a total lie.
And that he was there when the autopsy was taking place by the pathologist. He said they even cautioned him that the sight is unpleasant so if he can’t stand it, he can excuse them.
According to him, the autopsy took about three to four hours and he was present as at when they did it. He said the family of the demised later recieved the report after three days.
He added that as a family they are not happy about how the public keeps bruising their wound stopping it from healing faster.
He said the public should stop all those unpleasant comment about his brother’s death and that it is not making the family happy. Atta Mills comes from a family before he become a president and so we should give respect to the bereaved family and the dead.
The Electoral Commission of Ghana has issued a response to the claims by the Opposition NDC in their press conference yesterday, chaired by the party’s chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, alluding that the commission is conspiring with the ruling NPP and the National Identification Authority, to rig the upcoming 2020 elections.
Below is the statement, signed by the Acting Director, Public Affair at the Electoral Commission, Mrs Sylvia Annor
General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr Jonhson Asiedu Nketia claims Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is the weakest link in the New Patriotic Party(NPP) and NDC’s yet-to-be-named running mate will have no problem finishing him off.
There is the perception that the Vice President, Mahamudu Bawumia is a thorn in the flesh of the NDC considering his deeper understanding of economics and his resort to data to always make the NDC a laughing stock.
But reacting to this in an interview on TV 3, Asiedu Nketia who is known as General Mosquito said Bawumia can never be a thorn in the flesh of the biggest opposition part.
He said if Bawumia will be given the opportunity to be the running mate of the NPP, it will be advantageous to the NDC in the campaign leading up to the 2020 elections.
“Those who hold that perception are engaged in something else. We don’t believe that Mahamudu Bawumia is any thorn in NDC’s flesh. Infact the way he has messed his own reputation up it will be very advantageous for us if he gets the slot to be a Running Mate of NPP”.
In the General Secretary’s estimation, “Bawumia will be a very easy candidate to deal with because all his records are there and whatever he has said in the past. He has created a certain perception about himself so it will be very easy for us going into 2020 campaign if any NDC Running Mate has to contend with Dr. Bawumia”.
LEAKED EXCERPTS FROM A MEETING HELD BETWEEN THE NDC NATIONAL YOUTH WING AND CHAIRMAN OFOSU AMPOFO ON THE 7th OF MAY 2020
CHAIRMAN OFOSU AMPOFO AT IT AGAIN!
At a secret meeting held between the all NDC regional youth organizers and the national chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the following issues were discussed;
1. VOTERS REGISTER AND MATTERS ARISING
On the above matter, the National chairman of the NDC urged all the youth organizers to resist any attempt by the Electoral commission to compile a new voter register. He further incited them to be prepared for blood shed and series of vandalism in the quest to scare away the Electoral commission from organizing the new register.
He added that, if the NDC fails to resist the compilation of a new voter registration it simply means NDC should forget about election 2020.
Ofosu Ampofu concluded by saying the party is not a against a limited registration exercise but is totally against a new voter register because that will deny their Togolese and Burkinabe colleagues who registered in 2016 the opportunity to vote.
2. COVID 19 AND MATTERS ARISING
Mr Ofosu Ampofo disclosed that, the NPP is taking advantage of the fight against Covid 19 and is vigorously campaigning ahead of elections 2020. He noted that, the Npp through its regional and constituency branches have donated PPE’s to market women and vulnerable people nationwide and that the NDC must wake up and rise to task
In view Of the above he posited that, His Excellency the former president has purchased a good number of PPE’s which should be distributed nationwide through their branches. He added that, this distribution will be spearheaded by the regional youth organizers.
Yesterday, the Volta regional youth wing of the party started its distribution in all the 18 constituencies in the region.
3. NPP CAMPAIGN TEAM AND MATTERS ARISING
Ofosu Ampofo stated that, the campaign team members of the NPP are fully experienced in election matters and that the NDC must be very careful
He posited that, Mac Manu has an in-depth knowledge about elections especially voter register analysis and encouraged that, the NDC must not stop the fight against the voter register.
4. RECENT ATTACKS ON JOHN MAHAMA IN THE MEDIA
Mr Ofosu Ampofo disclosed that, the recent attacks on the integrity of the former president by some NPP communicators most especially Abronye is very much disturbing and worrying
He added that, Abronye has started his nasty things he did in 2016 and that, the party youth wing must find ways and means to stop him and several other immediately.
On this point, the NDC regional youth organizer Efo Warlanyo took the challenge and pledged to stop Abronye DC in the coming days
Another meeting will be held soon. Anticipate for more updates
So I have listened to another failed attempt by the NDC to throw shade at government after they failed to respond constructively to the challenge thrown by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
This time around they made reference to a 2nd March 2016 comment by Dr. Bawumia that ‘Mahama cannot take credit for ending dumsor’. Their aim was to suggest that the NDC ended dumsor before exiting power.
For the avoidance of doubt and clarity, Dr. Bawumia made that statement after Mr. Mahama who was President of the country had delivered a State of the Nation Address in Parliament on 25th February, 2016 and ridden on the ephemeral stability in the power sector to suggest that dumsor was over.
But guess what happened in April and beyond after Dr. Bawumia had made that statement on the back of Mr. Mahama’s claim.
First, reference could be made to a report on 30th June 2016 on Graphic online by Daniel K. Kenu under the headline: “We are not out of dumsor yet – President Mahama”.
The body of the story was attributed to Mr. Mahama when he met the Council of Christian Churches in Kumasi as part of his ‘Accounting to the People Tour’. Here he blamed the prolonged dumsor on the non-supply of gas from neighboring Nigeria to feed thermal plants as a result of sabotage which had led to the shutdown of the Asogli power plant.
Second, a Citinewsroom story filed on 22 July, 2016 quoted Mr. Samuel Tetteh Agbetor, Chairman of the Western Regional Workers’ Union of ECG as having said President Mahama was sitting on dumsor timetable. The story was headlined “Mahama sitting on dumsor timetable – ECG workers”.
Third, to show that dumsor was still existing even at the time this government came to power in 2017, I’ll refer you to a Ghanaweb story gleaned from Peace FM on 2nd March 2017 that quotes Mr. Ofosu Ampofo, then Director of Elections of the NDC and now their National Chairman. The story was headlined: “Mahama would have ended dumsor if NDC was retained” – Ofosu Ampofo.
Mr. Ofosu Ampofo said this when he appeared on the popular Peace FM ‘Kokrokoo Show’ hosted by the venerable Kwame Sefa Kayi. On that fateful day Mr Ampofo was quoted to have said that “former President Mahama would have ended the dumsor crisis confronting the economy if Ghanaians hadn’t voted his government out of power”.
So clearly, on account of these and many others, including the living testimonies of Ghanaians who know pretty much that dumsor was still persisting at the time Mr Mahama and the NDC exited, it beats reasonable thinking for the NDC to suggest that they ended dumsor on account of a statement Dr. Bawumia made in March 2016 when in actual sense there are statements made by senior members of the NDC, Mr Mahama inclusive, to suggest that dumsor was there even after Dr. Bawumia’s statement.
Once again, this is propaganda yaamutu. NDC never ended dumsor. They should look out for the next propaganda.
The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the Opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC on behalf of the National Executive Committee has written to the former Central Regional Chairman of the party, Mr. Bernard Allotey Jacobs on a decision by the party to suspend him from the party.
In a statement signed by the party’s chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, they sited a breach of the party’s constitution by the former central regional chairman for his persistent anti-party conduct.
In an interview with Bernard Allotey Jacobs on “The Platform” with Nana Yaw Kesse on Peace fm on Wednesday 6th May 2020 night, he admitted to the suspension with justification that he has turned a new leaf and in a new garment, therefore choosing to be a Ghanaian and a Nationalist who speaks as such, and he prefers being referred to as a social commentator instead of being a political party communicator. So if by his nationalist approach to issues, the party has suspended him, so be it.
Earlier, the communication Directorate of the party had written to the Host and Producers of Peace FM’s morning show, kokrokoo, to stop making Allotey Jacobs a panelist on the Wednesday show, but the Host, Kwame Sɛfa-Kayi insisted he maintained and due to that, the party has stopped sending a representative on the Wednesday show.
According to the New Crusading Guide Newspaper today 7th May 2020, the NDC has entirely boycotted attending the kokrokoo show from Monday to Friday.
As to whether the decision will be rescinded or otherwise, we live to see.
Below is the official statement of suspension to Mr. Bernard Allotey Jacobs:
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has selected a running mate for the 2020 elections.
The former President has come under intense criticism for failing to name a running mate since his election as the flagbearer of the main opposition party some two years ago.
Information gathered by GhanaNewsPage.Com indicate that the former President settled on an Akan.
The reason, this paper gathered is due to the belief that an Akan, particularly someone from the Ashanti Region will help the party gain more votes in the Akan dominated areas.
Ace broadcaster, Paul Adom-Otchere opined same when he run an editorial on the running mate issue in the NDC.
“We suspect that if J.J Rawlings is thinking about a running mate for John Mahama, giving that John Mahama comes from the North and he’s thinking about a running mate from the south, we think JJ will point him…directly to the Ashanti Region,” he said on his TV show Good Evening Ghana,” he said.
Re: Fighting COVID-19, Fanteakwa South MP should be fair to the People.
The NDC is taken advantage of the deadly global pandemic, COVID-19 that has almost stop every activities in the world. Fanteakwa South NDC is not exceptional.
The attention of Fanteakwa South NPP has been drawn to a mischievous press release which is been circulated in attempt to run down the steps of our Hon Member of Parliament, Mr Kofi Okyere Agyekum to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. The President has already taken proper measures to curb this global pandemic where Mr Kofi Okyere has also followed suit.
We wish state it categorically that Mark Okraku and his entire NDC members are opportunist and they usually take advantage of disadvantages and they have never contributed any meaningful option to the development of Fanteawa South.
We the Fanteakwa South NPP are telling the entire Fanteakwa South constituents to avoid the meaningless propaganda by The NDC chairman, Mark Okraku and his cronies.
In addition we have several questions to ask the NDC chairman Mark Okraku and his cronies and we need immediate answer to that;
Firstly, we want to ask the contributions the NDC has made in the Fanteakwa South constituency in fighting against the deadly global pandemic COVID-19?
If the Fanteakwa South NDC has contributed to the fight, We the Fanteakwa South NPP wants data and details of their contribution.
Speaking to this on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Sammi Awuku who commended President Akufo-Addo for his proactiveness in curbing the spread of the scourge, indicted the NDC leader for seeking attention in dire moments for political gain by arrogating unto itself the powers to set up parallel structures to counter that of the state.
”I am struggling to understand former President Mahama and the NDC. Do we establish opposition NADMO in times of floods?” he quizzed.
“…Mahama’s conduct was not presidential…there was no need to form any committee except for political gain. They have travelled beyond basic politics. What kind of suggestions are they going to give? Politicizing this is the lowest point in this whole discussion…
“…every step of the Government goes a long way to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The government has recalled all retired health experts to help curb the spread of the disease…This is not the time to play politics but I was surprised to realize that the leader of the NDC has set up a covid-19 response team. There is no country where an opposition party has set up a response team. what is the terms of reference? It was a wrong move, totally needless and sought to politicize the situation and I think the former President’s conduct was not presidential at this point in time,” the NPP National Organiser said.
Members of NDC’s COVID-19 response team
1. Nana Kofi Quakyi (Assistant Professor in Public Health/Specialist in Health Economics)
2. Dr. Vida Yarkong (PhD in Interdisciplinary Medicine)
3. Dr. Prosper Akanbong – Immediate Past CEO of Tamale Teaching Hospital and Physician Consultant
4. Dr. Jehu Appiah: Senior Medical Consultant and former General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association
5. Prosper Bani – Former Minister of Interior and former Head of UNDP’s Crisis Prevention and Recovery Team for Africa
6. Dr. Zanetor Rawlings – Medical Doctor
7. Alex Segbefia – Former Minister of Health
8. Mintah Akandoh – Ranking Member on the Parliamentary Committee of Heath
9. Prof. Margaret Kweku – UHAS
10. Dr. Jonas Asamoah – Public Health Expert, Hawa Memorial Hospital, Osiem.