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NDC is the only party that truly cares for Ghanaians – Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has preened himself in the National Democratic Congress (NDC), saying it is “the only party that truly cares for the people of Ghana and continues to demonstrate that through its policies and actions….”

He, therefore, called on members to make the party “stronger” and “more formidable” ahead of the 2016 elections.

President Mahama made these remarks in relation to the upcoming national delegates’ congress of the party.

The congress, which is expected to elect national executives for the party, is scheduled for the Ashanti Region capital of Kumasi on Saturday, December 20.

President Mahama urged delegates to ignore claims by any of the candidates that “he/she is my choice or my preferred person, because there is none.”

The leader of the ruling party expressed commitment to work with any executives to be elected.

“Vote for whoever you believe has the capacity and ability to help grow our great party and work with the millions of supporters across the country.

“As President and Leader, it is who you, the delegates, decide on that I will work with.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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Nana Addo and NPP must apologize to Prez Mahama and Ghanaians – Inside Ghana

A pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) group, Inside Ghana, has asked the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and their 2012 flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to render an unqualified apology to President John Dramani Mahama and all Ghanaians over post-Election 2012 allegations that President Mahama rigged the elections.

“Nana Addo and the NPP went on a violent rampage destroying lives and properties in the name of electoral fraud perpetrated by the President and NDC faithful,” a statement signed by George Spencer Quaye said.

Inside Ghana noted that Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s admission during the dying embers of Tony Lihtur’s cross-examination of him that the petitioners have no problem with the president and rather it is the Electoral Commission that they have a problem with is evidence that the president “played no role in the alleged electoral irregularities and malpractices and therefore did not steal any vote.”

Below is the unedited statement from Inside Ghana:

NANA ADDO AND NPP MUST APOLOGISE TO PRESIDENT MAHAMA AND ALL GHANAIANS

Following the exclusive revelation by the petitioners’ star witness or witness in-Chief, Dr. Mahamudou Bawumia during cross-examination by Mr. Tony Lithur, Inside Ghana calls on Nana Addo and the NPP leadership including minority members of parliament to render an unqualified apology to H.E President John Dramani Mahama and all Ghanaians. During the final stages of Mr. Lithur’s cross-examination of Dr. Bawumia, the witness In-Chief stated unequivocally that H.E the President played no role in the alleged electoral irregularities and malpractices and therefore did not steal any vote.

In a response to a question Dr. Bawumia said; “we don’t have any problem with the President. It is the second respondent”. And when it was further suggested to him that the 1st respondent, President Mahama won the elections resoundingly, he responded; “YES”.

This proclamation or epiphany is in sharp contrast to earlier comments and statements made by the NPP leadership which has denigrated the Presidency and NDC faithful as well as other institutions such as STL Ghana and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

Nana Addo and the NPP went on a violent rampage destroying lives and properties in the name of electoral fraud perpetrated by the President and NDC faithfuls.   They also subjected the premises of STL Ghana and NADMO to a mob attack accusing them of changing election results being transmitted via fax from coalition centres to the EC’s strongroom. This was led by no mean a person than Osafo Marfo, a former minister of Finance and Education who was also in the running for the position of Chief of Staff in Nana Addo’s shadow cabinet.

We would also recall how minority members of parliament flashed cards with “stealers” written on them in protest to the President just before he delivered the State of the Nation address in parliament on the 21st of February 2013.

The NPP also used various platforms to cast all sort of derogatory insinuations on the President and NDC members such as the “Let My Vote Count Alliance”. In some instances leading members like Ursula Owusu have denigrated the President with unprintable words.

Inside Ghana is therefore calling on Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP leadership to render an unqualified apology to the President, STL Ghana, NADMO, NDC members and the good people of Ghana. We believe that this call is imperative as it puts to rest the involvement of the President and NDC in the alleged electoral malpractices and irregularities. It will also demonstrate commitment on the part of Nana Akufo-Addo to righting the wrongs of the past and open window of opportunity for a new relationship between the NDC and NPP based on mutual respect and mutual responsibility which will simmer down the political tension and chart a new a course of responsible politicking in the country. An apology we believe will also douse the negative effect we risk from the international community.

Signed

George Spencer Quaye

Convener


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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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…”


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Four days to debate 2013 budget unfair to Ghanaians – NPP MP

Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima Mponua Isaac Kwame Asiamah has questioned the duration for which government’s budget statement for 2013 will be debated in Parliament.

According to him, it is unfair for the House to take only four days to debate the 2013 financial policy, “whose preparations from the Ministry of Finance to the Cabinet level takes about seven months,” he said on the floor of Parliament on Friday, March 8, 2013.

“It’s an ongoing process and it comes to this House, where we are supposed to provide proper scrutiny to ensure that our oversight is enhanced, we are going to use four days. I don’t think it is fair to this House and fair to Ghanaians,” Hon Asiamah poured out.

Minister for Government Business in Parliament and Majority Leader Benjamin Kunbuor, however, disagreed with the New Patriotic Party’s MP saying without recourse to the debate, the budget will be approved.

“What has been presented to this House is the financial policy of the government of Ghana. You can only agree or disagree. Those are the two options that you have but what will remain constant is that it will remain a financial policy for which a motion will be moved and adopted.”

The scrutiny will come when sector committees present reports, he added.

Finance Minister Seth Terkper delivered the 2013 budget statement in Parliament on Tuesday but as stipulated by the Standing Orders of the House, debate can only be done three days after delivery.

It is scheduled to be debated on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Already, the Minority has described it as a “Budget to Nowhere” with the Minority Leader Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu indicating the preparedness of the Minority to debate the budget “even today”.

 
Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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NDC salutes Ghanaians on Independence Day

The incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) has extended its warmest felicitation to Ghanaians on the occasion of the 56th independence anniversary celebration.

The party commended the nation for the sacrifices and selflessness that inspired statesmen like Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in fighting to liberate the country from colonial rule.

A statement signed by John Asiedu Nketia, the party’s General Secretary, indicated that the efforts of the pioneers have had an impact on the current generation “to build on the legacy of patriotism and nationalism needed to move the country forward in pursuit of building a better Ghana.”

“On this memorable occasion the NDC encourages all Ghanaians to be guided by the spirit of patriotism and unity to help promote peace, needed for the development of the country,” it urged.

“The NDC also urge all Ghanaians to emulate the invaluable role of the nation’s gallant heroes who led the fight against colonialism, and guard jealously against acts that have the potential to disturb the peace and gains of political stability, social and economic development towards the attainment of a better Ghana.

“We wish to reiterate our cherished hope that the Independence Day anniversary celebrations would offer the opportunity to consolidate the cherished unity of purpose, one vision and common destiny that have strengthened the mutual trust and relationships among the entire populace of the country,” the statement said.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Ghanaians asked to ignore Minority’s ‘True State of the Nation’

Former Minority Leader of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Nadowli Kaleo Alban Sumaina Kingsford Bagbin has called on Ghanaians to treat the Minority’s ‘True state-of-the-nation address’ delivered on Wednesday with the contempt it deserves.

He said the Minority’s allusion to the National Democratic Congress’ alternative state of the nation’s address in 2007 is incorrect as “we were doing an analysis of their performance for the two years,” he told TV3’s Edward Kwabi in an interview in Parliament.

He mentioned that there cannot be any alternative state-of-the-nation address where there is an elected president, who is enjoined by the constitution to deliver one.

“You cannot have an alternative to the state of the nation. The message of the state of the nation comes from the President. That is constitutional,” the former Minister of Health said.

He pointed out that what the Minority did on Wednesday is only contentious.

“What they have done is contentious and people should disregard it,” he stated.

Member of Parliament for Madina Alhaji Amadu Sorogho expressed his surprise at the Minority members’ disregard for business in the House to organize their state-of-the-nation address ceremony.

“We had business to do in the House,” he said.

“Seriously, I don’t know what they spoke about because the Constitution recognizes the president under Article 67 coming to deliver the state of the nation address.

“But there is only one president elected by the people of Ghana and sworn in by the Chief Justice representing Ghana as a country.”


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Minority’s walkout contempt for Ghanaians – Akua Donkor

Leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) Akua Donkor says the Minority’s walkout on Thursday is a sign of contempt for the audience, which included her, and Ghanaians in general.

She said not only did the opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) show disrespect for President John Dramani Mahama but also they failed to live the oath which they swore on January 7, 2013 to be law-abiding MPs.

“Why do they have to walk out on the president, us and the nation as a whole,” she asked (in Twi) while speaking on TV3 after the event.

“They did not show respect to the president and to us,” she added.

“It means they don’t respect Ghanaians,” she stressed.

Minority members walked out of the Chamber of Parliament after brandishing white sheets which read “Stealers”.

By virtue of the petition at the Supreme Court, leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) charged the party’s MPs not to take part in any events that imply contributing to the government of President Mahama, who is one of the respondents in the Petition against Election 2012 presidential results.

To that end, the Minority members on Parliament’s Appointments Committee boycotted public sitting and the subsequent deliberations on reports.


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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NPP sends seasonal greetings to Ghanaians

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has sent its Christmas well-wishes to Ghanaians.

It admitted that though 2014 has been a difficult year, the ambience of Christmas should provide a period of rest in anticipating a brighter future.

The statement was signed and issued by National Chairman Paul Afoko on Christmas eve, December 24.

Below is the statement

We are at the end of yet another year and we from the NPP wish to extend seasonal greetings to all Ghanaians.

This year has been a difficult one for many Ghanaians; yet, the ambience of the season should not only provide a period of respite but also should stimulate expectations for a brighter future.

It is important that irrespective of our political persuasions, we all rededicate ourselves to building a very prosperous and peaceful Ghana; that we commit ourselves to fighting our political battles with genial and conciliatory dispositions.

The season should provide a period of togetherness for families; it should also be a period of sharing and expression of love; a period for forgiveness and building bridges of unity; and a period for reflections. Let us all enjoy the occasion but let’s do so responsibly, bearing in mind that we are not only celebrating a festive season but also marking the transition into a new year.

On behalf of the NPP, I wish all Ghanaians a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

…signed…

Paul Afoko

National Chairman

Source: 3news.com|Ghana