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NPP primaries: List of all the incumbent MPs kicked out

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he generally peaceful New Patriotic Party parliamentary primaries held on Saturday, June 20, 2020, has produced some surprising results in the build-up to the December general elections.

Results certified by the Electoral Commission (EC) reveal that at least nine top-ranking legislators of the governing party have been kicked out.

While some have hailed the ousting of the politically deep-rooted incumbents as an indication of the governing party’s democratic credentials, others say it is bad for the party’s parliamentary caucus.

Some political pundits believe the calbre of persons the Majority side of Parliament has lost in Saturday’s primaries will affect its vibrancy in the next Parliament.

For instance, the Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Committee, Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah lost his seat to a new entrant, Michael Okyere Baafi.

Mr Assibey-Yeboah has been a staunch defender of government’s economic policies in the media and on the floor of Parliament.

With the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) getting stronger in its campaign to win back power on December 7, 2020, the outcome of Saturday’s primaries is sure to prove interesting for the governing party.

Below is the full regional breakdown of all the incumbent MPs who lost their seats.

Greater Accra

Nana Akua Owusu Afriyieh – Ablekuma North

Vincent Sowah Odotei – La Dadekotopon

Ahmed Arthur – Okaikwei South

Kofi Brako -Tema Central

Alhaji Habib Saad – Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfro

Ashanti

Daniel Okyem Aboagye – Bantama

Kwabena Owusu Aduomi – Ejisu

Collins Owusu Amankwah – Manhyia North

Ben Abdallah Banda – Offinso South

Kennedy Kankam – Nhyiaeso

Kwame Asafu-Adjei – Nsuta/Kwamang/Beposo

Central

Anthony Effah – Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa

Abraham Odoom – Twifo Atti Morkwa

Western

Joe Mensah – Kwesimintsim

Ato Panford – Shama

Alex Agyekum – Mpohor

Patrick Bogyako Kwame Saime – Amenfi East

Eastern

Mark Assibey-Yeboah – New Juaben South

William Agyapong Qauitoo – Akim Oda

Seth Kwame Acheampong – Mpraeso

Ama Sey – Akwatia

Opare Ansah – Suhum

Kwabena Ohemeng – Tinyase Kade

Robert Kwasi Amoah – Achiase

Northern

Alhaji Wahab Wumbei – Tolon

Charles Bintin – Saboba

Bono

Dr. Kwabena Twum Nuamah – Berekum East

Kwasi Sabi – Dormaa East

North-East

Dr. Sagre Bambangi – Walewale

Upper East

Joseph Kofi Adda – Navrongo Central

Upper West

Godfred Bayong Tangu – Wa East

Patrick Adama – Sissala West

Ridwan Abass – Sissala East

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I was an ordinary member in NDC – Ama Benyiwa Doe

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Source: radiogoldlive.com

Former Central regional minister, Ama Benyiwa-Doe has lauded former president Mahama’s leadership as the NDC prepares for the 2020 elections.

According to the one time National women organizer of the party, the former president has demonstrated a strong unifying character after winning the party’s flagbearership slot.

Madam Ama Benyiwa-Doe recounted this in the wake of accusations by some New Patriotic Party (NPP) elements that the NDC and John Dramani Mahama as its leader have neglected the one time fire brand women organizer of the party.

Speaking on Pampaso a political talk show on Radiogold905.com, Ama Benyiwa-Doe said, Mr Mahama was always in touch with her throughout her predicament contrary to claims that the former president neglected her on her sick bed. She said John Mahama personally visited her at home.

” I was an ordinary member in the party but John Mahama never took me for granted. Occasionally he was sending something to me.”

She reposed confidence in the former president stating he has what it takes to annex the presidency again considering the lackluster performance of the Nana Akuffo Addo led administration.

She noted the former president’s footprints are dotted across the breath and length of the country in terms of socio-economic development.

This she stressed will translate into the needed votes for John Dramani Mahama to secure the presidency.

Commenting on what specifically she will do to ensure victory for the NDC come the next elections, she said with good health, she will be in the trenches to canvass the needed votes for the party.

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Police, Afenyo-Markin plotting criminality against me – Effutu NDC Candidate

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The Parliamentary candidate of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) for Effutu in the Central Region, Dr. James Kofi Annan, is accusing the Winneba Police Command of conniving with the Member of Parliament for the area to perpetuate illegality against him.

According to him, the two are bending the rules of the Police Service and that of the country just to tag him as corrupt.

He indicates that the two are pushing for him to write a caution statement for a civil act which has no place in the country’s criminal law procedure.

He stated that he received a call from a CID officer of the Winneba police that one Benjamin Ackah had filed a complaint against him with regards to wrongful payment into he, Kofi Annan’s bank account and that he was mandated to write a statement, be cautioned and charged for court.

”In our discussions, it never came up that they needed my bank statement but they went to court to secure order allowing them to get my bank account details and that should tell you the extent that the police have gone in a civil case” he indicated.

Addressing the media in Winneba on the background to the said payment, Dr. James Kofi Annan explained that a call by one of the chiefs in the area to support his campaign leading to the payment of money into his account has been branded by the police as a criminal act when he hasn’t committed any crime.

He stressed that unknown to him, it was persons who are affiliated to Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin who had hidden behind some close aides of the chief to make Ghc50,000 payment into his account on February 4 and 7; same day that the chief had promised to pay Ghc100,000 in two tranches into his bank account.

‘‘After the two installments were made, the two pay-in-slips were sent to the said traditional leader who had promised me money through my organizer. How did it happen that two cheques supposedly wrongfully paid into my account on different dates, both have their deposit slips sent to the traditional person who promised the amounts, and the person subsequently sent the two slips on the separate occasions to me? He quizzed.

He added that the supposed payee who never complained of wrongful payment of money to him rather went to report the matter to the police with the police after his heels.

Dr. Kofi Annan stressed that such matters which are purely civil should not cause the police to seek to process him for court as he is ordinarily expected to make the appropriate checks to determine the veracity of the said claims of payment into his account.

He emphasized that officers at the Winneba police command have since been harassing him to write a statement based on which he, Kofi Annan suspects will be used to tarnish his hard-won reputation in the media just to give political advantage to his political opponent Alexander Afenyo-Markin.

Dr. James Kofi Annan indicates that what makes the situation worse is the fact that the police are not showing interest in finding out how his bank details were procured for the transfer of money when he only gave those details to the traditional leader and no one else.

”I gave my personal GCB Bank account details to only the traditional leader who promised to donate some amount of money into my account. How did the drawer procure my personal bank account number with the GCB Bank? How come the same person made a mistake twice and paid the said amounts into the same account in my name, from GCB to CBG” ?

He added that evidence abound that the said scheme is the handiwork of the Member of Parliament for the area, Alexander Afenyo-Markin as all names popping up are closely linked to him necessitating that investigation be extended to him if the police are to be taken seriously in their fight against crime.

”Our snap check investigations reveal that the company from which the cheque was drawn, Petrinock Invest Enterprise, was registered with the Registrar General’s Department, on November 19, 2019, with the said Benjamin Ackah as the sole proprietor. His telephone and Post Office Address as indicated on the form all point to him and one John Banafo who appear linked to Afenyo-Markin whom I am contesting in the next elections”. He stated.

New Register: You could be charged for causing financial loss – Asiedu Nketia to Jean Mensa

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The Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Mensa could be charged for causing financial loss to the state if the election management body goes ahead to compile a new voter’s register for this year’s elections, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has said.

The NDC together with some other political parties and civil society groups have joined forces together and formed an ‘Inter-party Resistance Against New Voters Register’ to reject the decision by the EC to compile a new roll for the polls.

Addressing a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Mr Asiedu Nketia said: “Suffice it to say that the Jean Mensah-led EC has been telling well-packaged lies to Ghanaians; lies deliberately calculated to court public support for the compilation of a new voters’ register. These falsehoods, coupled with the raging controversy over corrupt tender processes for the supply of new BDV equipment and the announcement of a winner with a questionable record, clearly show that something fishy is going on at the EC. It is either Jean Mensa and her sponsors have a financial interest in the procurement of entirely new equipment or that the compilation of a new register is part of a rigging agenda for the benefit of NPP or both.

“We have shared with you, authentic information we have received from the vendors of the existing machines. The contents are very revealing. Clearly, the EC has been caught red handed and we now await their reaction. Meanwhile, we remind Madam Jean Mensa that we are still waiting for the report of the so called IT consultant which formed the basis of their decision to compile a new voters’ register. We dare her to publish that Consultant’s report if it indeed exists.

“At this stage we wish to remind Jean Mensa and the Electoral Commission of the ingredients of the law on Willfully Causing Financial Loss to the State as brilliantly espoused by Late Justice Afreh of blessed memory in the famous quality grain case.

“Financial loss must have occurred. This means that the state spent more money than necessary on the project, whether or not the benefit of the project were more than sufficient to cover the cost.

“The presence of an act or omission. This means the failure to follow lawful processes or do due deligence on a multimillion dollar project. There must be a direct link between the financial loss to the state and the act or omission of the public officer. In this case, it is sufficient to prove that the loss has been contributed to by the act or omission of the public officer and not necessarily the exclusive cause of the loss.

“That the public officer foresaw the consequences of her action and desired the consequences or took an unreasonable risk of its occurrence. My advice to Aunty Jean is that, today you may feel confident with the support of the powers that be to embark on this action, but remember that those same powers will not be available to protect you on the day of reckoning, which is clearly fast approaching.”

Source: classfmonline.com

Akufo-Addo ‘smuggled’ through backdoor as Ghanaians in London protest against his govt

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n a rare show of unity against the government of Mr Akufo-Addo in London, Ghanaians from all walks of life descended on St James Square and launched one of the most vociferous diaspora demonstrations against a president in the history of Ghana as the President was smuggled by Metropolitan Police Officers into Chatham House for an event he was scheduled to speak at.

The protestors, numbering about 100, shouted and projected make-shift placards with messages such as, “Akufo Addo is Mobutu Incarnate”, “Nana Addo is a Corruption expert”, “Nana is a Galamsey King pin”, “stop destroying the environment, NPP”, “stop rigging the election”, “Ghana needs rule of law, not rule of men”, “125 Ministers is a rule of family and friends” and many others.

A large number of the protesters identified themselves as members of the ruling NPP who are disappointed at the leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo. Many of them say they come from the Galamsey affected areas and feel that their party has changed considerably since the Kufuor era when Ghanaians from any part of the country could be cabinet ministers.

“Today, you only need to be a member of the President’s family to have a brain” one Felix Hamilton said. He was supported by another angry protester Issah Ayoma, who said he is related to the late Chairman Adams Mahama of the Upper East region. They screamed angry chants at one Kweku Nkansa who walked past into Chatham House.

The demonstration was loud. One European passerby noted that the St James Square area is usually quiet, which is why the protesters attracted such high levels of public attention with random tooting of car horns, even on far off streets. Nearby residents, some in pyjamas, walked closer to the charged crowd and took pictures of them.

At a point, a scuffle broke out when the NPP women organiser who joined a queue of people entering the venue with Mr Nkansah charged on Mr Ayoma and slapped him saying in Twi, “I will beat you up like my own child if you try to disgrace my Chairman like that.” They were separated by a security officer who reportedly travelling with the President.

What remains to be seen is if President Akufo Addo will feel the protesters’ anger and listen to their issues on corruption, Galamsey, nepotism and the rigging allegations. For now, it does not appear so.

Source: dailymailgh.com