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Asiedu Nketia will lose by 60%, says contender

The sole challenger to the incumbent General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress says there will be an electoral earthquake on Saturday, December 20 when the ruling party goes to congress to elect national executives.

He says he will secure 60 per cent of the total valid votes to be cast to wrestle power from Johnson Asiedu Nketia, popularly known as General Mosquito.

Abdullah Ishaq Farrakhan took all party members by surprise when he picked nomination forms to contest General Mosquito, who had hitherto been tagged untouchable.

“My chances is 60 per cent clear,” Mr Farrakhan told journalists after vetting on Tuesday.

“I will be beating him by 60 per cent from the total votes.”

General Mosquito, however, remains favourite on most pundits’ scorecard for General Secretary.

The Former Member of Parliament told journalists on Tuesday after his vetting that he sees a great potential in his contender.

“I wish him well,” he said.

He disclosed that he has taken Mr Farrakhan around his office to get him familiarized with where he would be working if he won the election to be held in Kumasi.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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Asiedu Nketia will lose by 60%, says contender

The sole challenger to the incumbent General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress says there will be an electoral earthquake on Saturday, December 20 when the ruling party goes to congress to elect national executives.

He says he will secure 60 per cent of the total valid votes to be cast to wrestle power from Johnson Asiedu Nketia, popularly known as General Mosquito.

Abdullah Ishaq Farrakhan took all party members by surprise when he picked nomination forms to contest General Mosquito, who had hitherto been tagged untouchable.

“My chances is 60 per cent clear,” Mr Farrakhan told journalists after vetting on Tuesday.

“I will be beating him by 60 per cent from the total votes.”

General Mosquito, however, remains favourite on most pundits’ scorecard for General Secretary.

The Former Member of Parliament told journalists on Tuesday after his vetting that he sees a great potential in his contender.

“I wish him well,” he said.

He disclosed that he has taken Mr Farrakhan around his office to get him familiarized with where he would be working if he won the election to be held in Kumasi.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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Election Petition: Asiedu Nketia to be NDC’s star witness

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia is expected to mount the witness box as the star witness for the third respondent.

This was disclosed by the Deputy General Secretary of the party, George Lawson in an interview with TV3’s special correspondents stationed at the Supreme Court.

Mr Lawson pointed out on Monday that his boss is fired up to narrate their side of the  issue concerning the ongoing hearing of the petition that is challenging the party’s winning of the 2012 Elections.

Asiedu Nketia also represents the first respondent as stated in his affidavit filed at the Supreme Court.

“I am the General Secretary of the 3rd respondent. I swear to this affidavit for and on behalf of His Excellency the President, John Dramani Mahama, (1st respondent), and the 3rd respondent, I attach hereto, marked as Exhibit ‘JAN 1’ a power of Attorney executed by the 1st respondent empowering me to do so on his behalf,” reads his affidavit dated April 2, 2013.

Hearing of the substantive petition began on April 16, 2013 with Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the second petitioner, becoming the first person to mount the witness box.

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Election 2012 Petition: Asiedu Nketia’s affidavit for NDC, Mahama

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has fulfilled requirements of the Supreme Court by filining

an affidavit on behalf of his party, which is the third respondent in the petition challenging results of the December 7/8 Elections, and John Dramani Mahama, first respondent and winner of the elections.

Click here to read the full affidavit.

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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

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Bawumia’s accident: Sir John winces at NDC’s umbrella spokes; Asiedu Nketia says it’s comic relief

General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie has cited the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its leadership, especially President John Dramani Mahama, in the motor accident that occurred in Bole Bamboi involving the 2012 vice presidential candidate of the Party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

Mr Owusu Afriyie – also known as Sir John – says for the accident to happen in Bole Bamboi “of all places”, “we are calling on President John Dramani Mahama, otherwise known as John Dumso dumso Mahama to come clean,” he said at a press conference held on Monday, March 18, 2013.

He said the NDC is aware the presence of Dr Bawumia provides key witness in the Election Petition that he, together with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, filed at the Supreme Court.

“I have looked at the case. We have examined it and noted the modus operandi of the NDC and the national security and I can tell you we can feel the spokes of the umbrella in this matter,” Sir John told journalists.

“The NDC knows that if [Mahamudu] Bawumia is not there, then our case was dead and therefore, whatever it takes for them to eliminate Dr Bawumia and some key members of our legal team including some key members of our party executives, they will do so. So [Sunday’s] incident was the part of the grand scheme of the NDC to get rid of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia,” he added.

But this allegation has been sharply dismissed by Sir John’s opposite number in the NDC.

John Asiedu Nketiah said those who would seriously want to get rid of Dr Bawumia will be dissatisfied members of the NPP.

He urged Ghanaians to consider Sir John’s allegations as a comic relief.

“I think that this should be taken as a comic relief. Fortunately, nobody in this country takes the utterances of Sir John seriously again,” he said.

“Why should we be interested in the assassination of [Mahamudu] Bawumia. Those who should be interested in killing Bawumia must be those who are dissatisfied. They have served NPP. It has come to their turn to ascend to the presidency and that somebody is being foisted [on them]; somebody who has not been an NPP member for [even] a period of five years would just come forward to be their flagbearer,” Mr Asiedu Nkwetiah argued.

Desperation

He noted the allegations smack of desperation on the part of NPP.

“It is coming out of desperation. It is coming out of a party that has no credible leadership and so anybody can just get up and say anything in the name of the party and just walk away with it,” he stated.

He, however, asked the “leadership” of NPP to bring to order some of these “characters”.

“I think time has come that the leadership of NPP, if there is any remaining, will call such characters to order,” he admonished.

Dr Bawumia was on Sunday involved in a motor accident on the Bole road on his way to Kumasi. He was travelling with Kwabena Boadu, his press aide, Tanko, his bodyguard and Emmanuel, his driver. All escaped unscathed.


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NPP tells lies in ‘geometric progression’ – Asiedu Nketia

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has reacted angrily to the opposition New Patriotic Party’s press meeting on Friday, December 28, 2012 that the Electoral Commission (EC) massaged circa 1,340,000 votes to favour Candidate John Dramani Mahama in the just-ended elections.

He says the NPP’s problem is that they are yet to come to the reality that they lost the December 7/8 Elections and are finding it difficult explaining it to their followers.

As a result, they have resorted to lies, which they will continue to spue in “geometric progression”.

Addressing the media at NDC’s head office immediately after NPP’s press confab, Asiedu Nketia argued that NPP’s uncoverings cannot stand the test of any law court “anywhere”.

“This so-called evidence they are talking about…cannot stand the test of any proceeding anywhere,” he said.

“They know it will be thrown out,” he emphasized.

He, however, admitted that the NDC sided with the NPP with regard to the numbers on the register but disagree numbers were added to those obtained by his party’s candidate John Mahama.

“We don’t have a problem with whatever they are talking about in terms of the numbers on the register. But our problem is for them to assume that by their own recording, they have seen that there is a bloated register and that all the bloating converts into votes that have been added to the tally of President Mahama.”

‘Problem with logic and mathematics’

He said the NPP’s grievances are neither here nor there but they fall back to the basics of the Party’s logic and mathematics problems.

“Again, that is where we come back to what I have maintained all along that NPP has a problem with logic and mathematics,” he stressed.

He pointed out that there was no two registers used by the EC as claimed by NPP and “it is just a figment of their imagination.”

He analogized that NPP’s current position is like riding a tiger.

“They are scared that if they come down the tiger will consume them.”

According to the NDC scribe, President Mahama won the elections cleanly as per their painstaking crosscheck of the results.


Source: 3news.com|Ghana