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Akufo-Addo to deliver 2nd Aliu Mahama lectures on Tuesday

Leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Tuesday, December 9 deliver the 2nd Aliu Mahama Memorial Lecture.

He will deliver the Lecture on the theme: “One Ghana, Securing our Future”.

A statement from the party on Sunday said the event will be chaired by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

The maiden lecture in honour of Ghana’s longest serving vice president was delivered by Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the Accra International Conference Center.

Tuesday’s lecture will be held at the Banquet Hall of the State House.

Aliu Mahama died on November 16, 2012 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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I will accept verdict of Supreme Court, Akufo-Addo tells Otumfour

The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated his commitment to maintain and support the peace prevailing in the country and also accept the outcome of the election petition before the Supreme Court

According to Nana Akufo-Addo, NPP members and supporters will not indulge in any action that will destabilise the country.

Speaking during a courtesy call on him by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at his residence, Nana Akufo-Addo said, the good record of the NPP is there to show that they are a peace-loving party, and has always accepted the outcome of elections organized by the Electoral Commission.

He however pointed out that, the party decided to go to court this time round because of the widespread irregularities that characterized the 2012 December general elections.

Flanked by his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Dr. Bawumia, Party Chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey and a host of other party officials, Nana Akufo-Addo said, the irregularities that characterized the 2012 December general elections could not make the results a true reflection of the will of Ghanaians.

“We respect and believe in the Supreme Court, that is why we have petitioned them and we will accept any decision or verdict they make,” he said.

Nana Addo also called on other parties involved in the case to also abide by the decision of the court.

Before Nana Akufo-Addo’s remarks, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II had urged him to accept whatever the outcome of the election petition before the Supreme Court would be.

Otumfuo also asked him to prevail on his supporters and followers to accept the result – whether in his favour or not – in the interest of the nation.

The Asantehene indicated that he will support any decision made by the Justices at the Supreme Court.

According to him, should there be any change of government as a result of the court ruling, the triumphant party will receive his full backing.

Otumfuo is in the capital with a delegation of chiefs for a democracy lecture organized by the National Commission on Civic Education. He was accompanied by more than sixty of his sub- and paramount Chiefs in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions.

Source: NPP Communications Directorate

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Kantamanto traders meet Akufo-Addo

The leadership of the Kantamanto Market Joint Traders Association in the Greater Accra Region on Tuesday called on the 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to brief him on the state of the Kantamanto market which was gutted by fire last Sunday.

According to them, they were informed on Monday that Nana Addo had decided to visit the market to commiserate with them, but could not do so, largely because of the standoff that ensued between the traders and the Police on that day.

Nana Addo was informed by the traders that although the market space belongs to Ghana Railways Authority, they have signed a GH¢150,000 ‘rent agreement’ with the management of Ghana Railways Authority, spanning a 50-year period.

Citing portions of the agreement, the traders stated that it was agreed between both parties that “if shops are destroyed we have to put them up on our own”.

They stated categorically that they would resist any effort by government to take over the area since their agreement had not elapsed.

Although, they had a meeting with the Greater Accra Regional Minister, the leaders stressed that no official from National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) have visited them yet.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a short address to the traders expressed his deepest condolences to the victims.

He went on to entreat the relevant authorities to put in place necessary measures to forestall the reoccurrence of such disasters.

He bemoaned what appeared to be a high frequency of fire outbreaks occurring in markets across the country in recent times and called for immediate steps to arrest the problem.

Some other party officials present at the meeting included, the National Chairman of NPP, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, former Majority leader Felix Owusu Agyapong, Mr. Kwame Amoako Tuffuor and Mr. Osafo Maafo.

Source: NPP Communications Directorate

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Akufo-Addo consoles victims of Kantamanto fire disaster

The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has expressed his deepest condolences to the victims of Sunday morning’s fire outbreak at the Kantamanto market, which, according to reports, affected a greater part of the market.

Nana Addo described it “as a very sad day in the history of Ghana” and charged the relevant authorities to put in place the necessary measures to forestall the occurrence of such disasters.

Nana Akufo-Addo bemoaned what appeared to be a high frequency of fire outbreaks, especially occurring in markets in the country in recent times, calling for immediate steps to arrest the problem, adding that this “calls for a standardised strategic plan in designing markets in the country to prevent the incessant fire outbreaks.”

He said aside the major role entrepreneurs in such commercial markets played in the growth of the economy of the country, they were also the major bread winners of their various families and that when such disasters occurred, they tended to have serious repercussions on both the economy and families.

He suggested that the Ghana Institution for Engineers, Ghana Institution of Architects, Architectural Engineering Services Limited (AESL) and the Ghana National Fire Service must come together in designing the markets in order to prevent such outbreaks which had caused damage to property, lives and loss of livelihood to many entrepreneurs in these markets over the years.

“There have been too many fire outbreaks in our markets lately, and it is high time we took serious steps to bring the situation under control. I am making a passionate appeal to the relevant authorities, especially the Institutes of Engineers, Architects and Planners, to come out with innovative plans for the construction of modern prototype markets that will make it difficult for the recurrence of these fires,” Nana Addo noted

Nana Addo consoled victims of the Kantamanto fire disaster on the loss of their wares and prayed that the Almighty God would see them through.

Source: NPP Communications Directorate

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Extract of Roll Book proves Akufo-Addo is a lawyer

A request by Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, counsel for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to the General Legal Council to furnish him with a certified photocopy of the extract from the Roll Book for 8th July 1975, has revealed, once again, that the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, was called to the Ghana Bar on the 8th July, 1975.

Mr Dame made this request in a letter dated 11th April 2013, to the Administrative Secretary of the General Legal Council, to “assist our client in the defence of a challenge to his status as a lawyer called to the Ghana bar”, a suit filed by Justice Francis Kpegah.

Mr Bernard Bentil, Administrative Secretary of the Ghana Legal Council, duly acknowledged receipt of Mr Dame’s request and replied with a letter of his own, dated 12th April 2013, where he “attached a certified copy of the extract from the Roll Books in respect of William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.”

The Roll Book, bearing the signature of the Chairman of the Legal Counsel, states expressly that Nana Akufo-Addo was “admitted and enrolled as a Legal practitioner of the Courts of Ghana this 8th day of July 1975.”

Nana Akufo-Addo’s signature is duly captured in the Roll Book, as acknowledging receipt of his certificate of call as a lawyer on the 8th of July 1975. 

The extract from the Roll Book, also contains Nana Akufo-Addo’s call to the Middle Temple in the UK, which was signed by J.B Morison.

The extract states that “William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, BA (Hons), of the University of Ghana, of Peduase Lodge, Aburi, Ghana, the first son of Edward Akufo-Addo, of Ghana, aforesaid President of Ghana was specially admitted to the Middle Temple on the thirteenth day of January one thousand nine hundred and sixty-nine. Called to the Utter Bar on the twenty-second day of July One thousand nine hundred and seventy-one and published in the common dining hall of the said Society on the same day. And that he hath paid all duties which were owing by him to the Society and the officers thereunto belonging.”

The extract continues: “In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and the seal of the said Society this third day of March in the twenty-third Year of the Reign of Our Gracious Sovereign Lady, Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms, territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and seventy-five.”

Nana Akufo-Addo, in light of this, has filed a supplementary affidavit in support of his application to dismiss the suit brought by Justice Kpegah, describing it as “as frivolous and vexatious with punitive costs”, as the only intention of Justice Kpegah is to “smear my reputation, not only in Ghana but internationally.”


Source: NPP Communications Directorate

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Akufo-Addo is winner of 2012 Elections with 56.65%: Petitioner’s evidence

Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2012 Elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, must be declared winner, if duplicate serial numbers on pink sheets will be done away with in the collation of results by the Electoral Commission, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said while throwing light on his affidavit evidence in court on the second day of hearing the Election Petition.

Dr Bawumia, who is a second petitioner in the suit challenging the December 7/8 Elections and a running mate for Nana Addo during the elections, stated that if the Electoral Commission will annul results of polling stations where there were duplicate serial numbers, John Dramani Mahama, flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will poll 41.96 per cent overall while NPP’s Nana Addo will poll 56.65 per cent.

He also noted that on the grounds of overvoting, there would be a run-off as John Mahama will amass 49.3 per cent while his party’s candidate Nana Addo will get 49.1 per cent.

According to Dr Bawumia, the EC prior to the elections was emphatic of the illegality of any results that will come from a polling center where overvoting would take place.

“This phenomenon of overvoting was one that the EC was emphatic on,” he told the court.

He added that 1,826 polling stations out of the over 11,000 stations where malpractices took place recorded overvoting.

“We will like the court to annul the votes because they are illegal,” he said.

“The findings will have a material effect on the results,” he stressed.

Dr Bawumia’s findings also indicated that there would still have been a run-off if results from polling stations whose pink sheets were not signed by presiding officers were done away with.

“John Dramani Mahama would have had 49.52 per cent while Nana Akufo-Addo would have had 48.96 per cent.”

During cross-examination by Tony Lithur, counsel for first respondent John Dramani Mahama, on Thursday, Dr Bawumia admitted bringing duplicate pink sheets to the court room though he did not use them in his analysis.

Hearing has been adjourned to Monday, April 22, 2013 for Mr Lithur to continue his cross-examination.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Election 2012 Petition: Akufo-Addo, Bawumia and Jake file evidence

The petitioners in the Supreme Court case challenging the results of the 2012 Presidential election on Sunday afternoon satisfied the Supreme Court’s order of 2nd April, 2013, by filing affidavits of witness evidence they intend to use to prove their case that the 1st petitioner, Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party, should have been rightfully declared as winner of the December polls and not John Mahama, the candidate of the ruling National Democratic Congress.

The filing of the three petitioners’ affidavit evidence means that the three respondents in the case have up to Friday, 12th April to file their respective affidavits, as well, for hearing to begin on Tuesday, 16th April.

Messrs Egbert Faibille and Alex Quainoo, two of the lawyers for the petitioners, were seen carrying truck-load of boxes of evidence to the office of the Supreme Court Registrar. Over 400,000 documents in all were expected to be filed, with 15 copies of each, supplied to all parties in the suit, plus the nine justices on the panel.

The main affidavit contains 83 paragraphs, which spells out the case for the petitioners, supported by boxes of documentary evidence from polling stations. Thus, in addition to the handful of affidavits filed, the petitioners submitted evidence in the form of colour photocopies of pink sheets (Statement of Poll and Declaration of Results Form) from 11,842 polling stations, where they are disputing the results as declared.

The petitioners have based their case mainly on the facts and figures on the pink sheets, the official document that the Electoral Commission relied on to declare the results of the presidential poll held on 7th and 8th December. They have also grounded their case on clear breaches of the Constitution and other electoral laws and practices in Ghana.

Also, evidence in the form of video, audio and newspaper clippings were submitted by the petitioners Sunday to support their case.

According to the 3 petitioners, Nana Akufo-Addo, Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, there are six main categories of irregularities, malpractices, violations and omissions in various combinations which affected the results of the election in the 11,842 polling stations, which have irredeemably damaged a total of 4,637,305 votes in the process, and must, therefore, be annulled.

These are laid out in 24 grounds, which are “distinct and mutually exclusive categories in which no polling station can belong to more than one category, thereby avoiding double counting,” the affidavit by Dr Bawumia, the NPP running mate in the election, says.

Also in his affidavit, the 2nd petitioner, Dr Bawumia, makes a startling revelation by stating that many of the 2,883 names supplied by the Electoral Commission as representing the people who were registered abroad to vote were forged, repeated and fell way below the 241,000 which the EC first told the court it registered abroad.

The six broad categories of infractions are (i) over-voting, (ii) voting without biometric verification, (iii) multiple pink sheets with the same serial numbers, (iv) pink sheets without the signatures of the presiding officer or their deputies, (v) same polling station codes for different pink sheets and (vi) unknown polling stations, 23 in all.

To support their case for annulment of votes in affected polling areas, the petitioners have attached a video tape of the Chairman of the EC, Dr Kwadwo Afari Djan, the returning officer in the presidential election. It shows him on 5th December, 2012, addressing the public at a press conference held at the Ghana International Press Centre, Accra.

He is quoted as saying in the video: “Let me also share with you some of the firm decisions that we have taken together with the political parties: NVNV – NO VERIFICATION, NO VOTING. And by verification we mean everybody will have to be verified biometrically. We have agreed in principle that where the votes found in the ballot box outnumber the persons verified to vote, the results of that polling station will be cancelled”.

The petitioners say that the true result of the 2012 presidential election, after it is cured of all the infractions through the necessary annulments, should see Nana Akufo-Addo earning 59.55%, with the first respondent, John Mahama, obtaining 39.17% of the valid votes cast.

They are therefore asking the court to declare that John Mahama was not validly elected and that the court should invoke its constitutional and statutory powers to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as the validly elected president of the Republic.

Over-voting, as explained in the affidavit, were uncovered in polling stations where either votes cast exceeded the total number of registered voters; or votes exceeded the total number of ballot papers issued to voters on voting day in violation of Article 42 of the Constitution and Regulation 24 (1) of C. I. 75.

To underline the strength of their case, which, according to the issues laid down by the court, the petitioners have shown in clear terms that most of the six categories, can on their own, show that John Mahama, the presidential candidate of the NDC, who was declared winner by the EC on December 9, was not validly elected, which requires over 50% of the valid votes cast.

The affidavit of Dr Bawumia, the head of the NPP research team that undertook the statistics analysis of the election results, says that “if the only violations complained of in this petition were the over-votes in the 2065 polling stations and the votes in those polling stations were annulled as required by law, the 1st Respondent, John Dramani Mahama, would have 49.1% of the valid votes cast, and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would have 49.3% of the valid votes cast.”

Furthermore, “if the only violations complained of were voting without biometric verification in the 2,279 polling stations and the votes in those polling stations were annulled, the 1st Respondent, John Dramani Mahama, would have obtained 49.13% of the valid votes cast, and 1st Petitioner, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would have obtained 49.38% of the valid votes cast.”

Also, “if the only malpractice complained of were the instances of same serial numbers for different polling stations with different results in the 10, 533 polling stations and the votes in the polling stations where these occurred were annulled, the 1st Respondent, John Dramani Mahama, would have obtained 41.1% of the valid votes cast, and the 1st Petitioner, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would have obtained 57.55% of the valid votes cast.”

Again, “if the only violations complained of were absence of the signatures of the presiding officers in the 1,826 polling stations and the votes in these polling stations were annulled, the 1st Respondent, John Dramani Mahama, would have obtained 49.45% of the valid votes cast, and the 1st Petitioner, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would have obtained 49.03% of the valid votes cast.”

He goes on to show that, “as a matter of fact, however, these violations, irregularities and malpractices occurred in different combinations in as many as 11,842 polling stations. In the result, I am advised by counsel and verily believe same to be true that what must be taken into account is the impact of the combined effect of these violations, irregularities and malpractices on the outcome of the election as declared by the 2nd Respondent.”

Thus, “if the impact of the combined effect of these violations, irregularities and malpractices on the outcome of the election as declared by the 2nd Respondent is taken into account, the 1st Petitioner is the person who ought to be declared as having been validly elected as President of the Republic of Ghana.”


Source: NPP

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German Foreign Minister commends Akufo-Addo

Germany’s Foreign Minister, Dr Guido Westerwelle, has commended the New Patriotic Party (NPP) 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, for choosing to contest the results of the December 7 polls in the Supreme Court and not inciting his followers and supporters to take up arms.

Dr Westerwelle said Ghana continues to shine on the African continent as a growing democracy worth emulating.

The Foreign Minister, who is on a two-day visit to Ghana, called on Nana Akufo-Addo to discuss among others, the electoral petition in the Supreme Court.

Nana Akufo-Addo said the NPP is happy with the process so far and “we are happy also that the Supreme Court is putting in place measures to ensure the expedition of the process.”

He explained that the party is not in court to disrupt the country’s democracy, assuring that the NPP is committed to a peaceful democratic Ghana.

“We did not go to court to destabilize our democracy but we felt that there were systematic violations of the process which we believe affected the overall outcome of the elections and that is why we have chosen to challenge in the constitutionally designated forum the results as declared by the Electoral Commission,” Nana Addo explained.

He said “like President Mahama, I will stand by whatever ruling the court makes.”

The NPP leader said Ghana’s economy has performed better in the Fourth Republic largely due to a stable democratic environment and it is important therefore for everybody to commit to the protection of Ghana’s democracy.

He said the NPP hopes, God willing to adopt the German economic model of apprenticeship, skills training and development for small and medium scale businesses.

He observed that central to that however is education and that is why the party has committed to providing free senior high school education for all.

“Ghana has enormous potential and prospects and I am confident that with the right leadership, our country will make tremendous progress,” he said.

Nana Addo said Ghana needs today a structural transformation of her economy from raw material production to value addition.

The two gentlemen also discussed issues concerning ECOWAS with Mali taking centre stage.

Nana Addo noted that he is happy with the ECOWAS and French intervention on Mali.

He thanked the Foreign Minister for calling on him and wished him well.

Source: NPP Communications Directorate

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Akufo-Addo opposes EC’s request

The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the December 2012 general election, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has opposed the  request by the Electoral Commission (EC) for further documents in the petition contesting the results of the presidential poll.

He said the EC “ought not be permitted to employ an application for further and better particulars to compel the petitioners to disclose the nature of evidence petitioners intend to lead during the trial”.

The EC filed a motion on January 15, 2013 praying the Supreme Court to direct the petitioners to furnish it with “further and better” particulars of polling stations the alleged irregularities took place.

But Nana Akufo-Addo, who is one of the petitioners challenging the declaration of President Mahama as the winner of the polls, in an affidavit in opposition dated January 21, 2013, prayed the court to dismiss the EC’s request.

Hearing of the EC’s motion for further particulars has been set for January 29, 2013.

The petition to the Supreme Court, dated December 28, 2012, filed by Nana Akufo-Addo; his running mate, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, and the Chairman of the NPP, Mr Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, stated, among other things, that irregularities recorded at 4,709 polling stations favoured President Mahama.

According to the affidavit in opposition, the EC already had in its possession originals of the declaration forms and for that reason it was needless for it to request for further particulars from the petitioners.

According to the petitioners, 24,000 of the pink results sheets from some polling stations indicated that those irregularities were enough to affect the outcome of the presidential election, but the EC has denied the claims, describing the election results as credible and accurate.

Joined to the petition is the winner of the presidential polls, President Mahama, who has also denied the petitioners’ claims and insisted he won the election freely, fairly and in the full glare of the media, domestic and international observers.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 majority decision, Tuesday allowed the NDC to join the petition as a third respondent.

The court was of the view that “it will be in the interest of justice” to allow the NDC to join the petition, since the outcome of the case will have a direct bearing on the party.

According to the court, the fortunes of the NDC and those of the President were “tied together” and it was, therefore, important for the NDC to be allowed to join the petition to assist the court to get to the bottom of the matter.

Source: Daily Graphic

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Ghana has a bright future – Akufo-Addo

2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed confidence in the future of the country.

He says his party “remains strong in its commitment to a free, democratic Ghana, where the rule of law reigns and where institutions work properly.”

In a New Year’s message to Ghanaians, Nana Akufo-Addo wished all and sundry happiness “in all you do, success in all your endeavours and prosperity in all your undertakings.”

He said the NPP’s dream of building a free and fair society of opportunities and prosperity for every Ghanaian is very much alive and certainly within our reach.

“In the coming year, we will continue in our bid to ensure that the sovereign will of the majority of Ghanaians is respected and allowed to determine the future direction of our country.”

He hoped the year will see Ghana’s democratic credentials deepened.

He prayed for God’s blessings for all Ghanaians.

“Let us all pray for the blessings of the Almighty to continue to be showered on us so that the richness of our land shall reach the doorsteps of every family.”

Source: tv3network.com|Ghana