Categories
Politics

NPP planning violence if Court rules against Election Petition – Young Democrats

The youth wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Young Democrats, have expressed worry over recent pronouncements of leading members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) saying it is a “grand scheme by the leadership of the NPP to throw darkness and evil on the peace and development that the country currently enjoys”.

In a statement, the Young Democrats warned the likes of Ken Ofori-Atta and Gabby Otchere-Darko that the law will deal with them if “they try anything sinister”.

Below is the full statement:

NPP, ASARE OTCHERE-DARKO PLOTS & CO. PLOTS TO UNLEASH VIOLENCE BUT PEACE AND THE RULE OF LAW WILL PREVAIL. YOUNG DEMOCRATS.

Leadership of Young Democrats are extremely worried about the penchant of the NPP and its leaders to quickly spit fire of violence and threats to the Justices of the supreme courts in respect of the impending election 2012 court case, yet to be determined.

It will be recalled that the Africa Watch Magazine recently alleged that Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP were scheming to bring about chaos if the Supreme Court ruled against the party.

This was part of a grand scheme by the leadership of the NPP to throw darkness and evil on the peace and development that the country currently enjoys. We all recalled the infamous “all die be die” and “we have to win the election at all cost” statements declared by Nana Akufo-Addo. We also recall failed calls by the NPP on its members to go on the streets to jubilate at a time when the EC was yet to declare the presidential results.

As if it was not enough, when these wicked orchestrations failed, the NPP violent group quickly metamorphosed into “Let My Votes Count” gallivanting the length and breadth of this country with diabolical plans to throw bombs on schools and innocent Ghanaians going about their normal duties amongst various threats of death and violence on the Supreme Court judges.

Just recently, Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh was also heard on air threatening the Supreme Court judges on the NDC joinder case if judgment went in the joinders’ favour.

So why will Asare Otchere-Darko see his own mentor Nana Addo as a weak leader and assert that Ghanaians are lucky Nana Addo chose the cheap option of seeking redress? Does the NPP feel the prescriptions from the 1992 Constitution to pursue electoral disputes are cheap? Do they (NPP) believe in the Rule of Law at all?

If the NPP and Nana Addo think the path of going to a competent court of jurisdiction to seek redress is weak, then why did they in the first place chose that path?

Could it be that they (NPP) wanted to only buy time with the slow court processes so that they can hatch evil on Ghanaian?

The NPP indeed represents a REAL AXIS OF EVIL in Ghanaian politics and should be watched carefully.

Young Democrats also wish to assure Ken Ofori Atta, Asare Ochere-Darko and the NPP that the law will deal with them severely should they try anything sinister.

We (Young Democrats) also wish to assure Ghanaians that those who plan in the night to rain violence on us are all timorous and does not believe in the forward march and should be exposed never to lead this nation.

We also condemn the NPP and Nana Addo who have remained silent on these matters. Civil society organizations, religious leaders and all stakeholders of Corporate Ghana should as a matter of urgency come out to condemn these violent attitudes of the NPP and their leaders to order, before things fall apart.

Young Democrats will continue to support H.E President Dramani Mahama and all well meaning Ghanaians whose objective is to promote peace, security and the rule of law in the country.

God bless the people of Ghana and God bless Ghana

Signed

Atukwei Quaye Sam

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Categories
Politics

Election Petition: Kenya’s example should tell NPP and Nana Addo they are headed ‘for hell’ – Asiedu Nketia

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has told the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and their 2012 Presidential Candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, that the verdict of Kenya’s Election Petition is a sign that they will lose their 2012 Election Petition at the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court of Kenya on Saturday, March 30, 2013 ruled out a petition brought before it by Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who lost the March 4 elections to Uhuru Kenyatta by about 8, 000 votes.

Speaking in an interview on Peace FM, an Accra-based radio station, after Kenya Chief Justice Willy Mutunga’s verdict, Mr Asiedu Nketia argued that NPP and Nana Addo trumpeted across the country that Kenya’s Odinga was following the footsteps of Nana Addo by filing a petition against the declaration of Mr Kenyatta as president.

“Therefore, if [Raila] Odinga has lost the petition, it should tell you what will be the verdict of NPP’s petition,” he added.

Mr Asiedu Nketia explained that prior to Kenya’s elections, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the Chairman of Ghana’s Electoral Commission, was consulted on the organization of polls in the East African nation.

He observed that after learning from Ghana’s Electoral Commission, if a court has declared that all was well and that the elections were “free and fair”, then Ghana’s should be marked excellent.

“Ghana’s EC is noted worldwide,” he stressed.

Mr Asiedu Nketia was, however, worried Ghana’s election disputes are considered a normal litigation and so could drag on unnecessarily.

“For Kenya’s, one month was given for a special court to declare verdict,” he said.

He suggested that there should be a review of Ghana’s laws over election petitions, after the current one filed by Nana Addo, his 2012 election running mate Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and their party’s chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey.

NPP’s General Secretary Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie disagreed with his opposite number in the NDC, saying the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, cited Ghana’s Election Petition in a message to wish Kenyans well prior to their elections.

He noted Nana Addo’s example has stemmed election disputes on African streets and that most losing presidential candidates resort to the law courts in challenging results.

He also expressed concern that Kenya’s example of showing court proceedings live on television should be adopted in Ghana so that Ghanaians can follow the plot of the 2012 suit.

He said parties in Kenya prior to hearing of the petition pledged to accept any verdict and that is what Ghana’s parties including the NDC should do.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Categories
Politics

NPP to support youth in U/E Region

Mr Gabriel Asaana- Abugiri, Upper East Regional Chairman for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Thursday said the party was putting in place strategic plans to support the youth to acquire skills that would enable them to start their own businesses.

He said since the youth were the future leaders of the nation, there was the need for stakeholders including the NPP to show concern in them because they were the driving force for national development.

He noted that exposure to various vocational skills and training would unlock the future potentials of the youth which would allow them to actively participate in decision making that would help government to achieve its aims.

Mr Asaana-Abugiri said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Bawku to affirm the NPP’s commitment to developing the youth.

He urged the youth to desist from politics of insults, and concentrate on serving their country because such political games could jeopardize the interest of the state.

He said politics was to unite the people and bring about development but it had rather taken a different trend that could not bring peace but conflict.

He described today’s politics as politics of mischief, insults, anger and money grabbing, which he said must change since it was not worth emulating by the younger generation.

Mr Asaana-Abugiri called on the youth in the Bawku area to see themselves as one people and give peace a chance since it was the surest way of bringing development to the area.

 
Source: GNA

Categories
Politics

Afriyie Ankrah slams reports he travelled in presidential jet

Minister of Youth and Sports Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has dismissed media reports that he travelled to and fro Kumasi last week for Ghana’s world cup qualifier in a presidential jet.

In a statement, the minister disputes the reports saying they may be intended to mislead Ghanaians.

He fingered the Daily Searchlight newspaper, noting the editor would have avoided “a total fabrication” and “an outright falsehood” if he had crosschecked his facts.

Below is the full statement signed by the PRO of the Ministry:

FALSE PUBLICATION ON PRESIDENTIAL JET (Ghana v Sudan)

The Daily Searchlight newspaper report on the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports’ recent trip to Kumasi for the World Cup qualifier between Ghana and Sudan, carried in the paper’s edition of Wednesday 27th March 2013(Vol 10 – Number 052), has come to the attention of the Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah (Minister of Youth and Sports).

Sadly, the said publication is a total fabrication and an outright falsehood, a situation which could have been avoided had the editor made any effort to cross check his facts, unless the focus of the story was to mislead Ghanaians.

For instance, the paper’s headline of ”Sports Minister travels in Presidential jet to watch football match in Kumasi” is absolutely untrue since no such incident ever took place.

Indeed the Minister’s flights from Accra to Kumasi and Kumasi to Accra on official duties were all via Starbow Airlines.

In addition, the records also show that;

1. The Sports Minister travelled to Kumasi on Wednesday (20/3/13) with Starbow Airlines to visit the Black Stars and inspect the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

2. On Thursday(21/3/13) he paid a courtesy call on Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, witnessed the Black Stars training and held meetings with football officials.

3. Following interactions with retired Black Stars players and former Black Stars captains, the Sports Minister left Kumasi for Accra on Friday(22/3/13)

4. On Saturday (23/3/13) the Sports Minister returned to Kumasi after supporting Joseph Agbeko in his IBO title fight at the Accra Sports Stadium the previous night. He also participated in a massive fitness walk organised by Joy fm on Saturday morning.

5. Finally, the Sports Minister returned to Accra on Monday 25th March with Starbow Airlines having completed his official duties in Kumasi with the same Starbow Airlines.

In conclusion,

1. The Hon. Minster wishes to use this medium to inform the media of his open door policy, and to assure them that his office has made adequate provision to provide answers to all their questions and suggestions which will move Ghana sports forward. He is also open to critical opinion, especially those that are based on facts.

2. The minister wishes to further add that on an extraordinary weekend that saw a world title boxing victory for Joseph Agbeko, Black Satellites Junior World Cup qualification to Turkey 2013, Black Stars 2014 World Cup qualification match win over Sudan and qualification to play the final of the U20 Africa Cup by the Satellites, the media must play a role in telling these success stories to the rest of the world with the aim of branding our country to the international market thus attracting potential investment for national development.

3.The Sports Minister wishes to thank all Ghanaians for their overwhelming support to this relatively new administration. This support is what is responsible for the positive results we are witnessing. We know there is always room for improvement.

Thank you.

Signed

Michael Frimpong

Ministry of Youth and Sports

PRO

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Categories
Politics

Nana Addo asks Ghanaians to pray for prosperous future

2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked Ghanaians to “pray for a free and prosperous future for our beloved country” during Easter celebrations.

In an Easter message to Ghanaians, Nana Addo said that the resurrection of Jesus Christ continues to be humanity’s victory over adversity and oppression.

“Christ’s resurrection is a testimony of the possibility of a new life of hope,” he stated

“Let us use this Easter celebration to reflect on Christ’s ultimate sacrifice [and] renew and strengthen our faith in Him…”


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Categories
Politics

Strengthen institutions to avoid labour agitations – Nana Frimponmaa tells gov’t

The 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Nana Akosua Frimponmaa, is calling for public institutions to be strengthened in order for them to be able to carry out their responsibilities as expected.

“Our institutions must work to avoid unnecessary labour agitations,” she stated in a release issued on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

“Why should it take the President to intervene before teachers agree to go back to teach? Is that not a failure on the part of institutions responsible?” she asks.

She noted it is about time that Ghanaians ensured that all those who have put in charge of the various sectors carry out their duties to the benefit of tax payers.

She questioned why upon all the many institutions in place, it took a meeting by President John Dramani Mahama to cajole teachers back to their posts.

“Why should we have so many Institutions in place and at the same time the President is the one to come and address grievances of workers?” she queries.

Nana Frimpongmaa’s call comes in the wake of the recent teacher strike action, which took the intervention of the president to get them back to work.

Nana Frimponmaa is unhappy that Children are the victims.

“If our institutions are strengthened, it would not get to the situation where doctors, nurses, teachers and other working force will embark on strike action before steps are taken to address their concerns,” she added.

She urged the National Labour Commission (NLC) to reach a satisfactory agreement between teachers and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to avert any future occurrence.

“I want to also urge the teachers that as they go back to the classroom, they should do all they can to make up for the time lost during the strike action and help the students they have toiled for all this while to succeed in their examination,” she advised.

Nana Frimpongmaa, also known as Cherita Sarpong, was grateful to teachers for agreeing to go back to the classroom “and will suggest they always consider our children before taking any decision to embark on strike action.

“Let us make Ghana work again, because this is the only Country we have,”she stated.

 
Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Categories
Politics

Parliament approves appointment of deputy regional ministers

Parliament on Tuesday approved the appointment of nine personalities nominated by President John Dramani Mahama for deputy regional ministerial positions.

The nine were vetted last week by the Parliament’s Appointments Committee.

They are Justice Samuel Adjei, Brong Ahafo Region, Samuel Yaw Adusei, Ashanti Region, Isaac Djanmah Vanderpuiye, Greater Accra and Queenstar Pokua Sawyer, Central Region.

The others are Mavis Ama Frimpong, Eastern Region, Francis Ganyaglo, Volta Region, Abu Kasangbata, Upper West Region and David Aweyue Syme, Upper East Region.


Source: GNA

Categories
Politics

Berlusconi offer fails to end Italy’s political stalemate

Silvio Berlusconi repeated a demand on Monday to be included in any new Italian government, but there was no sign his center-left rival would renege on a promise not to ally with the tycoon as a way out of political stalemate.

Pier Luigi Bersani – asked by the president to try to form a coalition after a February election that gave him a majority in the lower house but not in the Senate – has ruled out an alliance with the media baron’s People of Freedom (PDL).

But Bersani’s Democratic Party (PD) has few other options, leaving the euro zone’s third biggest economy in a political limbo that is a danger for the whole currency bloc, badly shaken by near melt-down in Cyprus.

Berlusconi said the PD should allow his party to choose a successor to 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano, a left-winger whose term ends on May 15 – another aspect of Berlusconi’s offer which is unappealing to Bersani.

“The line is clear, either the PD changes its ideas and makes itself available for a government with the PDL to get the economy moving again and declares it is prepared to elect a moderate to the presidency or we go back and vote,” Berlusconi said in an interview with his own Canale 5 television.

Bersani’s overtures to the third biggest group in parliament – the populist 5-Star – have been rejected. The movement led by ex-comic Beppe Grillo says it will have nothing to do with Italy’s mainstream parties, all of which it views as corrupt.

Despite that, the PD said Berlusconi’s offer remained unappealing.

“Our experience is a negative one for a very simple reason. What we’ve seen unfortunately is that, in the end, Berlusconi thinks only of his own interests,” PD deputy leader Enrico Letta told SkyTG24 television.

“Honestly, the idea that in a day after the election you can cancel out everything which has gone on in these past 20 years, we all know it’s just propaganda,” he said.

MIRACLES

If he cannot form a coalition, Napolitano may ask a respected figure from outside the main party system to try to form a broad-based government. The other alternative is a return to the polls.

Bersani expressed the urgency of Italy’s dilemma.

“The situation is dramatic. We need a government. In fact we need a government capable of performing miracles,” he told reporters at parliament where he was meeting union leaders, seeking support for modest economic reforms.

European partners and international investors are watching the stalemate closely although so far there has been no sign of the panic that gripped markets in 2011 when Berlusconi resigned as prime minister amid a debt crisis.

On Monday, the main indicator of investor confidence, the difference between yields on 10 year Italian government bonds and their more trusted German counterparts, narrowed after the EU reached a deal over the banking crisis in Cyprus.

An auction of two-year zero-coupon bonds saw the cost of borrowing rise slightly but the Treasury sold almost all of its maximum target of 4 billion euros.

However, broader problems remain in an Italy stuck in recession, with unemployment – especially among the young – at record levels, and a 2-trillion-euro public debt vulnerable to a change of mood on the bond markets.

“We need a government to show some signs of change given the emergency that we face and to start turning the trend around,” said Susanna Camusso, head of the CGIL union after meeting Bersani.


Source: Reuters

Categories
Politics

Justice Kpegah may be suffering from ‘old age disease’ – NPP MP

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Berekum East Constituency Dr Kwabena Twum-Nuamah says Justice Francis Kpegah, who recently sued NPP’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the courts for impersonation, may be suffering from senile dementia.

Senile dementia is a disease that affects people in their old age.

According to Dr Twum-Nuamah, Justice Kpegah’s age may be having a toll on him.

He, therefore, advised that the former Supreme Court judge, who acted as Chief Justice at a point in time, would have to be “seen” by a doctor.

The Berekum East MP was speaking on TV3’s weekend news analysis programme Headlines on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

“Nana Addo has been visible in this country for God knows how many years now, and for someone to say he is not a lawyer, the person needs to be gotten closer to,” the medical practitioner said.

He noted it is not the Supreme Court which even determines who is a lawyer.

“It is the General Legal Council that determines who is a lawyer,” he added.

Comic relief

National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Cape Coast South Constituency George Kwaku Rickett-Hagan described Justice Kpegah’s suit as “nonsense”, adding it may be to lighten the political tension in the country.

“He [Nana Addo] is a lawyer. I think it is mischievous. It is just to lighten the political atmosphere,” he said.

According to him, the issue has come up before and has been clarified, so he saw no need for the country to give it time.


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Categories
Politics

NPP Constituency Chairman in court over Turkey gold scandal

A third suspect allegedly involved in the exportation of the 1,500 kg of gold to Turkey on Friday appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

Joseph Kwame Donkor, a New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constituency Chairman for Agona West has been charged with two counts of abetment.

Donkor is accused of assisting Peter Kofi Bedzra to export gold to Turkey. He has denied the charges and the court presided over by Mrs Patience Tetteh Mills admitted him to bail.

Donkor was granted bail in the sum of GHC 100,000 with two sureties with one to be justified. He is to report once a week to the Bureau of National Investigations.

He is to re-appear on April 8.

Donkor’s appearance before the court brings the number of people arrested to three.

Peter Kofi Bedzra and Frank Mould have earlier been put before the same court.

Bedzra being held for forgery of documents, exportation and smuggling of minerals has denied the charge and is on GHC100,000 with two sureties.

Mould, a clearing agent, had been remanded after pleading not guilty to altering of forged documents and abetment of crime.

Earlier Mr Teye Azu, Counsel for Donkor prayed the court to admit his client to bail as he was known and that he was the NPP Chairman for Agona West therefore would not escape.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Abraham A. Annor, told the court that Mould operated at the Kotoka International Airport.

In December last year, one Valid Moradi Moghaddam and his partners, all Arabs, were in Ghana to buy gold.

Prosecution said they came into contact with Omanye Gold Mining Limited, who sold to them a quantity of gold weighing 1.5 tonnes valued at $52 million.

Prosecution said the buyers packed the gold in 30 boxes to be exported to Dubai.

Mould, prosecution said, with intent to evade the requirement of the law, assisted Peter Kofi Bedzra to forge a Geological Survey Department certificate, a Bank of Ghana Foreign Exchange Form 4(a) and Goods Movement Certificate.

The three certificates enabled the movement of 30 boxes of gold to go through customs and other security checks at KIA and the gold bars were exported to Dubai on December 31, 2012.

Further investigation had disclosed that on December 29, last year a chartered flight arrived to carry the consignment to Dubai.

Donkor is said to have had knowledge of the arrival of the flight and as such made hotel reservation at Golden Tulip for seven crew members and paid for their bills.

Prosecution said on December 31, last year, Bedzra and one Believer together with others went to KIA to see to it that Mould processed the consignment for export.

Donkor kept communicating with Believer on phone until 2230 hours when the plane left the shore of Ghana with the 30 boxes of gold.

However the gold was intercepted and detained at Turkey because the documents accompanying the gold were not genuine. The documents include a Geological Survey Department certificate, bank of Ghana Foreign Exchange Form 4(a) and Gold Movement Certificate to facilitate the export of 1,500 kg.

Following an accusation that the government of Ghana was involved in the gold scandal, it ordered the BNI to commence investigations into the matter.

Source: GNA