The Running Mate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has expressed appreciation for the support that greeted the announcement of her new role. The former Minister for Education, who also served as the first female Vice Chancellor of a public university in Ghana, was on Monday announced by former President John Dramani Mahama as his Running Mate for this year’s presidential election. That announcement has been greeted with enthusiasm and support from people from all walks of life, including academia, civil society, professional and women’s groups. Social media has also been awash with support for the NDC Running Mate. Addressing a retreat of the NDC Campaign Team on Friday in Accra, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang expressed her gratitude for the support and pointed out that she will justify the confidence reposed in her. Prof. Opoku-Agyemang who said people, especially women, are looking up to the NDC for answers to issues that affect them, called on the NDC to close its ranks and work hard for victory in the upcoming elections.
Earlier today, I inaugurated the NDC 2020 Campaign Team. It was exciting to see a team that is poised to deliver VICTORY in the 2020 election.
I thanked the National Executives of the NDC for their unanimous endorsement of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as my Running Mate.
I have for a very long time held the view that women must take their seat at the highest level of decision making.
Naana is a great person, distinguished, empathetic, principled and committed to promoting women and student causes.
Bawumia Grateful To NPP And Akufo-Addo After Historic 4th Successive Nomination As Running Mate
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has expressed profound gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party for his historic, 4th successive nomination as running mate to President Akufo-Addo for the 2020 Presidential elections.
The National Council of the NPP on Saturday acclaimed President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia as Presidential Candidate and Running Mate respectively for December’s Presidential election, and the official confirmation of their formidable partnership marked a historic landmark in Ghanaian politics, as no pair has ever vied for presidential office on four successive occasions.
Delivering his acceptance speech after his acclamation, Dr. Bawumia thanked President Akufo-Addo for the confidence he continues to have in him since 2008.
“I want to express my profound gratitude and appreciation to H.E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the honour of reaching out again to select me for the fourth time to serve as his running mate, and Insha-Allah, again as his Vice-President of the Republic, in his second term as President of the Republic,” said Dr. Bawumia.
“This day is historic because it has never happened in the history of our country that a Presidential candidate will select the same running mate four times in a row! The president selected me in 2008, 2012, 2016 and now in 2020!”
Dr. Bawumia added that President Akufo-Addo could have settled on other candidates , especially in previous elections, but his consistency underlines his focus and quality as a leader.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, this (consistency) tells you about the man Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. He is a strong leader, a caring leader, a God-fearing leader, a trustworthy leader, and a consistent leader.”
“He could have easily dropped me in 2012 and 2016 but he stuck with me and I am so honoured that he did and so eternally grateful. I would never take the trust and loyalty he has reposed in me for granted and will continue to do everything in my capacity to support him in the execution of his mandate as President. Mr. President, it has been a privilege working for you all these years and I thank you for giving me the opportunity. God Bless you.”
Appreciation to Party Elders and Collective effort towards victory
Dr. Bawumia expressed gratitude to elders of the party for their continuous, overwhelming support of his nominations as running mate, his family for their support, and also paid glowing tribute to stalwarts of the NPP and its founding tradition, whom he said continue to inspire him.
“I wish to express my heart-felt gratitude to the members of the National Executive Committee and the National Council of our Party. I thank them most sincerely for their overwhelming endorsement.”
“I stand here today because of the sacrifices of my family (my departed father Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia and my mother, Hajia Mariama Bawumia, the love of my dear wife Samira, my children, my brothers and sisters, my departed dear friend and brother Kwabena Boadu and my entire family. I thank you all very much.”
“As a believer in, and practitioner of, the liberal democratic values and principles of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition ( like all of you here), I have been inspired, throughout my life, by the thinking, deeds, sacrifices and accomplishments of such great political icons of our country and Party such as Dr. J.B. Danquah, Edward Akufo-Addo, Mr.William Ofori Atta Obetsebi Lamptey, Prof. K.A. Busia, Chief S.D. Dombo, Alhaji Yakubu Tali, Tolon Naa, Jato Kaleo, Naa Abayifa Karbo, C.K. Tedam, S.G. Antor, Albert Adu-Boahen, R.R. Amponsah, J.B. Da Rocha, J.H. Mensah, Alhaji Aliu Mahama and J.A. Kufuor.”
“Without them we would not be here. I am also indebted to so many men and women who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our party and country on a daily basis without outward recognition.”
He also showed his appreciation to executives of the party at all levels, from the polling station level up to national level for their support and encouragement.
“What can I say more in appreciation to all the members and sympathizers of the NPP from polling station, through the constituency, to regional and national level? You have loved me, cared for me, appreciated me. I say God bless you all”
While expressing his readiness to continue to partner the President for the task ahead, Dr. Bawumia called for a collective effort of party members to ensure that the party keeps its vision alive.
“Mr. Chairman, it is our collective responsibility, as members of the great Kukrudu family and as Ghanaians, to ensure that the sacrifices of these great men and women have not been in vain. I am therefore acutely aware of the sacred responsibility that has once again been entrusted in me by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and our Great Party. It is a responsibility I will execute with the utmost integrity, respect for our elders, members of our party and members of other political parties.”
4 means 4 more
The Vice President noted that following his record 4th successive nomination, he was confident that the Ghanaian people, come December, will reward President Akufo-Addo with another 4 more years to do more for the people.
“Mr President, you have chosen me for the fourth time, and in shaa Allah, the people of Ghana will give you for four more to do more.”
“What can I say more in appreciation to all the members and sympathizers of the NPP from Polling station, through the constituency, to regional and national level? You have loved me, cared for me, appreciated me. I say God bless you all”
The parties involved in the case demanding the use of the current voter ID as the prerequisite and valid proof of identity in the upcoming voter registration exercise are sharply divided over a ruling delivered by the Supreme Court.
The court delivered the ruling today, Thursday, June 25, 2020, but factions in the case are giving conflicting interpretations into the decision.
The Court upon dismissing some of the reliefs sought by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Mark Takyi-Banson directed the Electoral Commission to go ahead with the voter registration exercise as scheduled.
The Court also made subsequent pronouncements on the amended law governing elections in the country.
This, however, left the parties involved divided over whether the Court upheld the use of the existing voter ID card as proof of identity for the purposes of registration or not.
Lawyers of the parties are currently still engaged over the decision of the Court.
Whereas officials of the NDC believe the ruling went in their favour, officials from the Attorney General’s office argue otherwise.
Asiedu Nketia speaks
General Secretary of the NDC, Johson Asiedu Nketia told the media that “We just came out of the Supreme Court and the court has just delivered its ruling which has granted our request for the inclusion of the existing voter card as a source document for the compilation of the new voters’ register. I think that we are most grateful. This is the most substantive issue for which we came to court”.
“So we will get back to the office and we will address a full-blown press conference on the consequential matters arising. We feel vindicated because the court itself in an earlier ruling has clearly stated that the possession of an existing voters’ ID means that the holder is a citizen of Ghana who is qualified to be registered and to exercise his or her powers and so the court couldn’t go back on its own earlier ruling,” he added.
Previous President John Mahama has cautioned the National Democratic Congress (NDC) won’t acknowledge the consequences of imperfect races.
Talking at the 28th-commemoration celebration of the NDC in Accra, Mr. Mahama, who is the gathering’s flagbearer for the forthcoming surveys advised the discretionary commission against acts that could disappoint Ghanaians in the surveys.
“Let nobody feel that the NDC will acknowledge the result of a defective political race… Let no one endeavor to disappoint any of our residents based on ethnicity,” Mahama said.
The NDC is in court with the constituent commission over the EC’s emphasis on accumulating another register for the December surveys. The gathering says another register will disappoint lion’s share of voters if the EC demands identification and Ghana card as principle evidence of nationality.
In the mean time, Parliament on Tuesday casted a ballot to support the disputable C.I 126 which gives legitimate sponsorship to the Electoral Commission to aggregate another voter’s register for the December surveys.
106 individuals from the Majority side of the House casted a ballot on the side of the C.I while 92 resistance MPs restricted it.
Notwithstanding the appearing leeway from the authoritative chamber, the EC should hop the significant obstacle yet with respect to the new register as the Supreme Court is to administer on the lawfulness or in any case of their activity.
A self-acclaimed minister of NDC party, Apostle Kwabena Owusu Agyei who took steps to murder the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson has been captured by National Security officials.
The minister at a Church Service on Facebook live on Sunday served a solid admonition to Jean Mensa to stop the assemblage of the new register.
In a video located by myjoyonline.com, a few men who professed to be from National Security were seen moving into the place of the minister and capturing him.
The minister has been giving admonitions and undermining proclamations to supporters of the accumulation of the new voters’ register to be utilized for the forthcoming general races this year.
The EC as of late finished a pilot venture for the new register and has been hauled to the Supreme Court.
Be that as it may, even before comes out with its judgment, Apostle Kwabena Owusu Agyei has proceeded to give dangers to the EC Chair.
He is affirmed to have said that if the voter’s register is permitted to be changed, the Electoral Commissioner will pass on.
The minister included that Ghanaians won’t permit a little family to direct to the country.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says President Nana Akufo-Addo is the greatest empowering influence and advertiser of debasement in his legislature.
Talking at the dispatch of its Corruption Tracker Series at the NDC’s subsequent week after week press preparation in Accra on Monday, National Communications Officer for the gathering, Sammy Gyamfi, said in spite of promising to ensure the open satchel, President Akufo-Addo, has rather become the pioneer and boss benefactor of his famously degenerate organization.
Mr Gyamfi reviewed that on January 18, 2017, 5,000,000 liters of fuel were sullied at the premises of the state-claimed Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) through the blend of diesel and petroleum, and in this way offered to two unlicensed organizations – Movenpina and Zup Oil – under questionable conditions.
Movenpinaa Energy and Zup Oil had not been authorized by the National Petroleum Authority to exchange oil based commodities in the downstream oil segment of Ghana, yet the 5,000,000 liters of fuel was offered to them. The offer of the sullied fuel to these unlicensed organizations penetrated areas 11 and 32 of the NPA (ACT 691) of 2005, just as segments 16(2) (c), 40(1), 35, 83 and 84 of the Public Procurement (Act 663) of 2003 as it didn’t experience any delicate procedure, thus unlawful, he asserted.
He noticed that regardless of the mind-boggling confirmation of injustice at BOST, President Akufo-Addo mounted a hearty guard for the then Managing Director (MD) of BOST, demanding that the claims of defilement leveled against the MD were ridiculous.
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Today we realize that the board entrusted to examine the Movenpina-Zup Oil tainted fuel adventure, has discovered that the exchange was criminal and that, the returns from same have not been paid into the state coffers till date. Undoubtedly, the advisory group’s report shows that Movenpina has not paid BOST for the 471,000 liters sold through Zup Oil Limited. The panel likewise discovered that a great many liters of fuel which was held up in the tanks of the NPA couldn’t be represented, he included.
Mr Gyamfi further stated that in spite of President Akufo-Addo’s enemy of debasement crusade during the 2016 races, he has during his first term in office standardized defilement and made it appealing.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has propelled what it calls the Corruption Tracker Series.
As indicated by the gathering, the activity is a stage that tries to uncover misappropriation and theft of state assets by authorities of the Akufo-Addo government.
The gathering likewise says the tracker will give Ghanaians proof of bombed guarantees under the Akufo-Addo government.
During the dispatch in Accra on Monday [June 8, 2020] the National Communication Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi who laid out some supposed outrages in the said the tracker will help Ghanaians acknowledge how debasement inside the Akufo-Addo government is preventing them from claiming fundamental needs.
“As a dependable resistance with the duty of causing government to remain alert, the NDC is today setting out on a debasement tracker arrangement to follow the status of the innumerable instances of defilement we have seen under the Akufo-Addo government in the last three and half years. Outrages which have occasioned immense monetary misfortunes to the state and denied Ghanaians of the advancements they were guaranteed in the year 2016,” he said.
Sammy Gyamfi further blamed President Akufo-Addo for doing little to battle defilement under his organization in spite of the fact that he is held as one with positive enemy of debasement certifications.
He said the NDC will illustrate “how President Akufo-Addo consistently, has neglected to ensure the open satchel. While at it, we will likewise demonstrate to the Ghanaian individuals that in spite of his self-acclaimed hostile to debasement accreditations, President Akufo-Addo is for sure the pioneer and boss benefactor of this famously degenerate organization.”
While asserting that the Nana Akufo-Addo has run down a once light Bulk Oil and Storage Transport (BOST) leaving it with no vital loads of its own and is for all intents and purposes getting to pay its laborers, he said the NDC government had passed on 200,000 measurements huge amounts of refined items esteemed at about GHS1 billion and 2 million barrels of unrefined (1 million barrels from the TEN fields and 1 million barrels of Qua-Iboe rough from Nigeria) esteemed at over US$100 million.
Sammy Gyamfi further cautioned that the following NDC government will explore and indict all associated with the burdens of BOST.
“The following NDC-Mahama government in 2021, will explore and indict all guilty parties who are associated with this smelling “BOSTGATE” defilement embarrassment,” he finished up.
General Secretary of the principle restriction National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has earnestly expressed that the Electoral Commission (EC) will never under any circumstance complete its choice to incorporate another register for the 2020 general races.
As indicated by him, the way that the NDC is partaking in the continuous pilot enrollment practice the nation over doesn’t mean the biggest resistance ideological group has agreed to the choice of the EC to gather another register.
Talking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, General Mosquito as warmly considered believed that the EC and the Akufo-Addo government just need to dive the nation into disorder.
“Let me accentuate that we have not reached there yet; the enlistment will never happen today or tomorrow since when you tune in to remarks by the EC and the administration, it’s conspicuous they need to toss our majority rules system into disarray, else they would have withdrawn and withdrawn from their preposterous position”, he charged.
Appointing reasons why incorporating another voters register is absurd, the NDC Chief Scribe said “we were in this nation when the NPP sorted out certain individuals from abroad and they went to court that it is mandatory for the EC to enroll each Ghanaian regardless of where they live to participate in the appointment of the nation. The court decided in support of themselves that it is commanded on the EC to each and every certified Ghanaian to cast a ballot in the nation”.
To him, notwithstanding the flare-up of the COVID-19, the EC would have incorporated those qualified Ghanaians abroad in the enrollment practice in consonance with the Supreme Court’s decision.
“The EC is will undoubtedly enroll each Ghanaian to partake in races. Is that court administering not pertinent to Ghanaians in the nation in the event that you can’t enroll those abroad because of the COVID-19? Is it true that they are not Ghanaians? How might you say that you are going to enroll somebody in England however those in Bolga can’t partake on the grounds that they don’t have suitable archives for the enlistment?” he tested.
He thought about how those Ghanaians caught outside the fringes of the nation can participate in the proposed new voter enlistment practice as the nation’s outskirts despite everything stay shut.
“Presently, our outskirts remain closed…the court has taught you (EC) to extend the register to incorporate each certified Ghanaian however your conduct is to such an extent that you rather need to disappoint the individuals who were even qualified to enroll by thinking of another enlistment practice while the fringes stay shut . . .
“We need our tranquility thus we won’t plunk down for somebody to play with the nation’s well deserved vote based qualifications. We must be far-located and tune in to shrewdness to secure our tranquility. The discipline the savvy who will avoid matters that influence the person in question endures, is to live under the laws of silly men,” he brought up.
Previous President Jerry Rawlings has featured the significance of straightforwardness and better discourse from the Electoral Commission (EC) as Ghana heads towards a general political decision in December 2020.
In his location at the 41st commemoration of the June 4 uprising, Mr. Rawlings encouraged the Commission “to guarantee that the procedures prompting the current year’s political decision are done in conference with the partners of the country to forestall pointless doubt and advance a tranquil and strong society.”
The EC is at present at the focal point of contention over its moves to incorporate another voter register.
As a result of a proposed change in the recognizable proof prerequisites for the register, the EC has been met with allegations from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the administering New Patriotic Party (NPP) is scheming with the EC and the National Identification Authority (NIA) to fix the 2020 decisions.
The NDC has additionally boycotted key gatherings on the voter enrollment practice and was missing from the ongoing Inter-Party Advisory Committee meeting on the assemblage of another voter register where it was declared that the voter enlistment would start in June.
An expert government think tank, the Danquah Institute likewise as of late had cause to scrutinize the absence of lucidity in the EC’s correspondence on the voter enrollment which it says was adding to the discussion.
In any case, Mr. Rawlings advised that more exchange was important to protect the respectability of Ghana’s popular government.
“The discussion encompassing the new voter register must be completely inspected so we don’t sabotage the triumphs we have chalked so far as a country.”
He further focused on that the protected command of the EC must be regarded by all.
“While we move in the direction of consummating our discretionary procedure, I encourage all of you to seek after and support our uniqueness as a nation in the democratization procedure.”
“As we inch towards November let us guarantee that the institutional procedures are straightforward and past imperfection.
In accordance with fears that a few people might be disappointed by the EC’s push toward making just international IDs and the Ghana Card legitimate IDs for enrolling to cast a ballot, Mr. Rawlings expressed that “the individuals who are qualified to practice that privilege of decision ought not and can’t be disappointed by directs that rout one’s entitlement to cast a ballot.”