• Monday, August 20, 2018

STEPHEN ATUBIGA TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT ON NDC TICKET

One of the candidates hoping to lead the opposition NDC in the 2020 elections, Stephen Atubiga, has emphasized his readiness to lead the party noting that it is his time to be President.

In a statement,  the popular NDC commentator considered an underdog by many, insists he feels confident about his chances and is amazed by the show of support from friends and well wishes in that regard.

“As a poor village boy from Binduri, in the Upper West Region,  growning up with the dream and vision of  leading Ghana one day through the great NDC, I have remained faithful and has a lot of inspiration from leaders like Nelson Mandale, Martin Luther King Junior, Steve Biko, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, JJ Rawlings, Dr. Hilla Limann,  Prof.  Atta Mills and the immediate past Flag Bearer John Dramani Mahama. I believe these inspirations will help me in my endeavour”.

A member of the NDC party since 1992 and being at the grassroots level, Mr. Atubiga believes that he has better stand in the race.

He touted his chances disclosing “I have been across the nation, I know the terrain more than them, and I have been to the hinterland and the villages and have interacted with them. I have been there for them more than any of the other aspirants, I know how to build the relationship with the people, I know how to pull the party along as a leader, and I know the plans I have to be able to run this country and for NDC to win the elections. It is just at my fingertips”.

Stephen Atubiga’s rise to fame is perhaps to be credited to the 2013 Supreme Court Hearing of the election petition when he was handed a mitigated sentence of three days’ imprisonment for incendiary comments he made on radio.

The NDC since losing power in 2016 in a humiliating fashion to the governing NPP has been characterized by infighting and misunderstanding over who leads the party in the 2020 elections.

Former President Mahama, Former Trade Minister, Ekow Spio Garbrah, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin have all been linked to the flagbearership race of the opposition NDC.

 

 

Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

News Categories Home General News Ghana Politics Oil & Gas Telecoms Native Daughter Civic Realities Voice From Afar Showbiz Education GraphicSports Opinions Relationships Regional News Greater Accra Ashanti Region Central Region Brong Ahafo Region Northern Region Upper East Region Upper West Region Volta Region Tawiah Boateng faces stiff competition in NDC regional polls

The Eastern Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Bismark Tawiah Boateng, is expected to face some stiff opposition during the regional delegates conference expected to come off on September 1, 2018 to elect new officers to run the affairs of the party.

Mr Boateng will be challenged by three others, namely Alhaji Sumaila Mahama and Basile Ahiable, both businessmen, and John Owusu Amankwa, also a businessman, and former Regional Chairman of the party.

In all, 62 people filed their nominations to contest for the various positions.

The vice chairmanship which has the highest contestants has George Mensah Akpalu, William Atamudzi, Abednego Djangman, Francis Ojabu Djaahi and Ransford Owusu Boakye.

The rest are Stella Adu Obeng, Kwaku Asamoah, Stella Ansah and Seidu Konate.

Mark-Oliver Kevor, the incumbent Regional Secretary, will battle it out with Baba Jamal Konneh, the Regional Communications Officer, for secretaryship while Stephen Kwame Sawodji and Cudjoe Adukpo go for deputy secretary.

A former district chief executive for Ofoase-Ayirebi, Kenneth Tom Budu, and Hackman Kabore have filed for the position of organiser with Moses Atuah Darko, David Dakudzi, Gershon Kwadzo Hafianyo and Francis Amanor battling it out for the deputy regional organiser position.

Other people who have filed for various positions are:

Treasurer: Zakaria Ahmed Kwakwa, Michael Ofori Offei, Kwame Sakyi, Michael Adusei and Mohammed Abdul Aziz.

Deputy treasurer: Abdul-Rashid Ahmed, Millicent Ablakwa, Richard Larteh Obibini and Sahadatu Ibrahim.

Communications Officer: Paul Opata Bradi, Yaw Appiah Kubi , Darlas Ampomah Williams.

Deputy Communications officer: Kwabena Aduful, Percy Ofosu Anim, Michael Ofoe Anim, Prince Sulleyman and Emmanuel Opare Djan.

Women organiser: Shirley Naana Osei – Ampem and Evelyn Korang.

Deputy women organiser: Gladys Kpodo, Faustina Effah- Boadi and Salamatu Abu.

The rest of the candidates are:

Youth Organiser: Emmanuel Okai Mintah, Joshua Atta Mensah and Erasmus Koney Ali.

Deputy Youth organiser: Elijah Mawuli Addo, Richard Nyarkom Eric Kwasi Agyapong, Isaac Hamillin Batsam Samuel Danquah Amaning, Teddy Nana Yaw Addi and Ali Sidi.

Zongo Caucus Coordinator: Alhaji Tamimu Mumuni, Alhaji Baba Kankani, Aminu Issah, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim, Alhaji Issah Sani Mohammed and Abdul-Ganiyu Halidu.

Electoral Committee

Disclosing this to the Daily Graphic in Koforidua in the Eastern Region, the Secretary to the Electoral Committee, Mr Francis Annor Dompreh, said 68 people picked nomination forms but 62 were able to file at the close of nomination.

He admonished the candidates to be civil in their campaigns and refrain from mudslinging and name calling.

He said the NDC needed unity to surmount all challenges.

Observations

The forthcoming regional elections have already been tagged the new breed against the proponents of AGENDA 50 – 50 which witnessed a massive failure under the regional executive headed by Mr Tawiah Boateng during the 2016 general election.

The agenda was to maximise the total votes of the New Patriotic Party then in opposition in the Eastern Region, which happens to be the stronghold of the NPP.
The NPP obtained over 68 per cent of the popular votes as against 42 by the NDC.

 

 

 

Source:graphic.com.gh

Ken Agyapong apologises for branding Parliament cheap

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Agyapong, yesterday apologised to Parliament for saying that the House was cheap.

He, however, denied that he ever said Parliament was useless or that if Parliament was not useless it would not have Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as its Majority Leader.

He rendered the apology after the Privileges Committee of Parliament had played two videos in which he was seen and heard making some comments on Oman FM and Adom FM.

The contention as to whether Mr Agyapong used the Twi words ‘aye fo’, literally meaning ‘it has become cheap’, or ‘funu’,  literally meaning ‘useless’, necessitated the committee to repeat that section about three times.

Mr Agyapong said he had made that comment out of fury because the First Deputy Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Mr Kwabena Nsenkyire, had said that if he (Agyapong) was not happy with Anas Amereyaw Anas, he should go to Togo, but the Majority Leader did not come to his (Agyapong’s) defence.

“If Parliament feels offended, I apologise. I apologise to Parliament; I don’t have a problem. I never said Parliament was useless. I only said Parliament was cheap (‘aye fo’). I admitted the word cheap, but not useless. I did not say that the Majority Leader was useless,” he said.

He claimed that the videos were not coming from the right source and that they had also been doctored.

Referral

Mr Agyapong was dragged before the Privileges Committee of Parliament over his purported contemptuous utterances against Parliament and Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu, referred Mr Agyapong to the Privileges Committee following a motion moved by Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka, who said he had an audio and a video in which Mr Agyapong referred to the House as a cheap and useless assembly.

He said Mr Agyapong had stated in the audio and video: “If this House were not useless, it would not have the likes of Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as its leader.”

The committee had already taken evidence from the witness, Alhaji Muntaka, at a pre-hearing meeting.

The first public hearing of the committee on July 3, 2018 was suspended at the preliminary stage, as three members who are all from the Central Region like Mr Agyapong had applied to recuse themselves from sitting on the case.

The three are the MP for Agona West, Ms Cynthia Mamle Morrison; the MP for Gomoa, Naana Eyiah, and the MP for Upper Denkyira West, Mr Samuel Nsowah-Djan.

Consequently, the Majority leadership nominated the MP for Adentan, Mr Yaw Buaben Asamoa; the MP for Jaman South, Mr Yaw Afful, and the MP for Ablekuma North, Mrs Nana Akua Owusu Afriyie, to replace them.

Cross-examination

Mr Osei-Owusu offered Mr Agyapong the opportunity to determine whether he wanted to cross-examine Alhaji Muntaka for a date to be fixed for that purpose, to which Mr Agyapong said: “Once I have apologised to Parliament for using the word cheap, I don’t need to ask Muntaka questions again.”

Mr Osei-Owusu asked him to hold himself in readiness, and that if the committee wanted him to appear before it, it would let him know.

Preliminary  objections

At the beginning of the hearing, Mr Osei-Owusu had read two memos, one on a motion filed by Mr Agyapong in Parliament challenging the regularity of the sitting of the committee and dated July 23, 2018.

The other memo, also dated July 23, 2018, informed the committee of the motion application.

Counsel for Mr Agyapong, Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin, had prayed the committee not to go ahead with its sitting till the determination of the matter in the plenary.

But Mr Osei-Owusu ruled that proceedings should go on and that if the Speaker determined that it should discontinue with its work, so be it.

Mr Afenyo-Markin again said the evidence from the witness (CDs) was inadmissible.

He said Alhaji Muntaka did not claim ownership and indicated that the appropriate media houses should rather tender the tapes.

“It will amount to unfair prejudice. The rule does not allow such,” he said.

Mr Osei-Owusu said the committee was making enquiries and could request for the videos from the radio stations.

Mr Afenyo-Markin again said there was coincidence of purpose because Mr Osei-Owusu was in the Chair as the First Deputy Speaker when the motion was referred to the committee and was again sitting as the Chairman of the committee.

Again, he said, when the three nominees were being replaced, Mr Osei-Owusu was in the chair.

But Mr Osei-Owusu said when “I am presiding, I am the First Deputy Speaker, and when I am at the committee, I am the Chairman. It is the decision of the committee that will hold sway”.

 

 

 

 

Source:graphic.com.gh

New Nigeria opposition alliance aims to defeat Buhari

Nigeria’s main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has formed an alliance with dozens of other parties in a bid to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s election.

The coalition, including a faction of the governing party, plans to field a single candidate.

They say they want to “rescue the nation from further decline”.

Mr Buhari, whose first term has been blighted by ill health, says he will run in 2019.

A similar coalition of opposition parties, which backed Mr Buhari, was largely responsible for the defeat of then-President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections, says the BBC’s Ishaq Khalid in the capital Abuja.

Many serving senators, members of the lower house of parliament and some state governors are believed to be behind the new movement, our reporter adds.

The 39-party alliance, called the Coalition of United Political Party, says it wants to form a government of national unity.

One of the leaders of the breakaway faction of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Buba Galadima, described Mr Buhari’s presidency as “a monumental disaster”, AFP news agency reports.Soldier standing near a burnt-out car

The government is currently dealing with security challenges on several fronts.

It has been praised for the way its dealt with the Boko Haram Islamist militants in the north-east, but the growing violence between farmers and pastoralists in the country’s middle belt has become a major concern.

On the economic front, Nigeria went through a recession in 2016, but has experienced modest growth since then.

The president’s supporters say his agricultural reforms, infrastructure investment and the current rise in global oil prices are helping boost the economy.

 

 

 

Source:bbc.com/africa

Nigeria senate president cleared by top court

Nigeria’s Supreme Court has cleared Senate President Bukola Saraki of all allegations of false asset declaration in a unanimous decision.

This will come as a huge relief for the man who is the country’s third most senior politician after the president and the vice-president.

The anti-corruption agency, the EFCC, brought the charges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in 2015.

The tribunal acquitted him last year saying that he had no case to answer but the government appealed the ruling.

Mr Saraki said that his trial was politically motivated because of his alleged presidential ambitions.

 

 

 

Source:bbccom/africa

WHO LEADS NPP AFTER KOFORIDUA CONGRESS?

This weekend, starting from the 7th -8th of July, 2018, ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will go to the polls to decide leaders for the party as their national executives for the next four years. The NPP is a centre-right and liberal conservative party in Ghana. Since the democratization of Ghana in 1992, it has been one of the two dominant parties in Ghana politics; it’s leading rival being the centre-left National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The party has over the years prided itself in going to congress to elect its executives and candidates to lead the party into electionary years, ahead of the election; wisetvonline.com takes you down memory lane on the national chairman position.

The highest position within the NPP is the Chairman and as such all eyes is set on who wins the ultimate and leads the elephants after the contest. The Chairman per the NPP constitution is also the main driver of the day- to- day affairs of the party and all persons within the political party look up to him for direction.

Since it transformation from the Danquah club to the NPP with the coming into force of the 1992 constitution, the party has had six strong men who have chaired the party. They have had a lawyer, a teacher, a politician, and a statesman with Bernard Joao da Rocha as the first person to lead the elephant family.

Mr. da Rocha led the NPP into the first democratic election under the 1992 constitution and can also be credited with helping to establish the basic structures of the party which has the largest Electoral College in Africa.

The baton of the political struggle of the NPP was handed over to the former Speaker of Parliament and a lawyer, Mr. Peter Ala Adjetey who is also credited with fairness as a politician and one who as the First Speaker of Parliament under the Kufuor-led administration, worked to ensure that the sanctity of Ghana’s parliament was forever maintained.

On the 29th of August, 1998, another lawyer, Mr. Samuel Odoi-Sykes, was elected National Chairman of the NPP. The former Member of Parliament for Ododiodio in the Third Republic polled 257 votes to beat Professor Fred Sai, a former Chairman of the National Population Council who had 230 votes.

Mr. Harruna Esseku, who was branded the most controversial of the chairmen of the NPP in August 2001 and he diligently worked to increase the party’s seats in parliament to 128 by the end of 2004 elections as well as winning the Presidency.

Mr. Peter Mac-Manu ascended the throne of NPP chairmanship in 2005 and stepped down in 2010 after losing to Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey. The struggle for the position of Mr. Obtsebi-Lamptey, otherwise known as the strategist has gained notoriety following the inability of the NPP to win the 2012 elections which the party challenged at the Supreme Court.

The incumbent who is from the Greater Accra Region was challenged and outed by business mogul, Mr. Paul Afoko, from the Upper East Region, who was suspended from the party.

All eyes is now set on who wins and possibly transforms the fortunes of the elephant family as it journeys into an election to select their chairman, will it   Mr. Stephen Ntim from the Brong Ahafo Region, or Dr. Stephen Amoako Baah, a renowned economist or better still will it be Acting National Chairman and Acting Chairman Mr. Freddie Blay?

 

 

 

 

Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

Lopez Obrador scores landslide victory as Mexico votes for change

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has declared victory in Mexico’s presidential election, as preliminary results showed that the leftist veteran politician, who had presented himself as an agent of change, secured a landslide win.

President-elect Lopez Obrador is estimated to have received over 53% of the vote, more than double the total of his closest rival, according to the country’s electoral commission.
“Today, they have recognized our victory,” Lopez Obrador, known by his initials AMLO, told a crowd of jubilant supporters at an event in Mexico City late Sunday local time.
President Enrique Peña Nieto called Lopez Obrador shortly beforehand to congratulate him and pledged to help him carry out an orderly transition. Lopez Obrador will formally take power on December 1.
Lopez Obrador had dominated the polls in the run up to Sunday’s vote, at times holding a 20-point lead over his rivals. Within two hours of polls closing, three of his main rivals had conceded defeat.
In his speech to supporters, the President-elect said he would forge a new relationship with the US “rooted in mutual respect and in defense of our migrant countrymen who work and live honestly in that country.”
He added migration should be done by choice, not because of necessity, promising to “strengthen the internal market to try to produce in the country what we consume and so that Mexicans can work and be happy where they were born, where their family is, where their customs and their cultures are.”
Supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, celebrate at the Zocalo square in Mexico City.
Lopez Obrador also promised to tackle violence and wipe out corruption, which he said was the “result of a political regime in decay.”
“We are absolutely certain that this evil is the principle cause of social inequality and of economic inequality,” he said. “Because of corruption, violence has erupted in our country.”
He added that he will pursue a peace plan with representatives of the United Nations, human rights and religious organizations, to help tackle the murder rate, which soared to an all-time high under Peña Nieto, whom critics accused of failing to adequately deal with crime, corruption and economic inequality.
US President Donald Trump congratulated AMLO in a tweet, saying he looked forward to working with him. “There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico,” Trump said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also congratulated the new Mexican leader, saying the two countries “share common goals, strong people to people ties, and a mutually beneficial trading relationship that is the envy of the world.”
“I look forward to working closely with President-elect López Obrador, his administration and the Mexican Congress to build on the vibrant partnership between our two countries, create economic growth that works for everyone, and advance human rights and equality,” Trudeau said.
AMLO supporters react to his apparent victory in Mexico City on July 1.
For many of the 89 million eligible Mexican voters, Sunday’s election was a referendum on the country’s political elite and its economic direction, as well as the tenure of President Enrique Peña Nieto, who was limited to a single six-year term.
Speaking to CNN in Mexico City, where supporters of AMLO thronged the streets into the early hours of Monday morning, voter Maria del Carmen Munoz said she supported Lopez Obrador during his previous two unsuccessful bids for the Presidency “and the third time (was) the charm.”
“I have supported him for so long because I believe in him, because the government we have is rotten,” she said. Our youth must have a leader to believe in. I am already older, but the young must have faith and hope in a President.”
Younger Mexicans, many of whom have grown up surrounded by rampant corruption and drug violence, were expected to have played a key role in choosing the country’s direction. Nearly 13 million voters between the ages of 18 and 23 were expected to vote for the first time, according to election officials.
Lopez Obrador at times led by more than 20 points in the pre-election polls, as Mexicans expressed massive dissatisfaction with mainstream political parties.

Dario Manuel Lopez Pineda’s cited AMLO’s record as leader of Mexico City as the reason for supporting him.
“He was the first to give universal pension to seniors, he created 16 high schools in marginal areas,” he said. “He created such seemingly insignificant things such as permanent driver licenses so that the government would not keep taking money from the people.”
Mexico’s new leader will have to contend with Trump’s threats to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement and his calls for the construction of a border wall between the two countries, among other divisive talking points. Lopez Obrador told voters that he is the person for the job.
Lopez Obrador pushed back against plans for a border wall in a book he wrote titled “Oye Trump,” or “Listen Trump.” He also pledged to propose to keep NAFTA.
He ran on a populist platform to break what he described as the grip that elites — or “power mafia” — have on Mexican society. He said he would lower the salaries of top officials and give those at the bottom a pay increase. He promised to sell presidential planes and turn the presidential palace into a public park.
Source:cnn.com

MINORITY DECENDS ON THE PRESIDENT

 

The Minority in Parliament has described as needless and unfortunate President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s recent remarks against them on issues concerning the national identification (ID) registration process.

According to the Minority, the President’s pronouncements that they (the Minority), are attempting to thwart the implementation of the National ID registration law after they supported the endorsement of the legislation by Parliament, are misplaced.

President Akufo-Addo over the weekend wondered why National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) who had supported the exclusion of voters ID cards, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards, among others, as qualification for national ID registration in Parliament would turn round and, with the support of their party leaders, bastardise the implementation of the same law and even issue threats of civil war.

But a statement issued Monday and signed by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, stated that, even if the President was going to comment on the matter, he would have sought to give a credible explanation to the cost of the $1.22 billion project as well as the need to include the voter’s ID card as a credible document to establish nationality

“We expected the President to explain to Ghanaians why they are paying in excess of $40 per card when across the world, the average price is $5 per card. This exorbitant and outrageous drain on the public purse is of no concern to the President apparently,” the statement said.

The Minority further urged the President “to show a little level of tolerance for constructive criticism as it is only then that we can truly serve the hopes and aspirations of the Ghanaian people.”

“We urge you to do the right thing. We urge you to put the National interest ahead of partisan considerations. We urge you to think of the twenty-three (23] million Ghanaians you are about to deny citizenship. We urge you Mr. President, to be a President for all Ghanaians and not a selected few,” the statement said.

 

 

 

Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

DOMINIC EDUA BOYCOTT’S NPP DEBATE

Dominic Eduah, one of the aspirants in the New Patriotic Party upcoming Youth aspirants’ debate scheduled to take place in Koforidua on 30th June, 2018, has withdrew from the program.

In a statement, Dominic Eduah, stated that he won’t participate in the forthcoming NPP Youth Organizer aspirant’s debate

“I wish to inform the teeming youth of NPP that, I would not be able to participate in the forthcoming NPP Youth Organizer aspirant’s debate which is scheduled to take place on June 30, 2018 in the Eastern region.  Not long ago, there was a meeting of all aspirants chaired by the National Youth Organizer (Sammy Awuku) where we agreed unanimously to participate in a debate put together by a youth group (Critical Thinkers International) in Koforidua.”

He added that “however after extensive consultations with my team under the able leadership of Mr. Hopeson Adorye, we have decided to withdraw from the debate. Our decision is based on reasons we can’t disclose publicly but we believe are in the supreme interest of our campaign.”

 

 

Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

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