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Mahama duty-bound to look into police brutality – Nana Addo

Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has backed calls for a commission of inquiry to be established into the circumstances that led to the use of excessive force by the police on demonstrators last Wednesday.

Tear gas and rubber bullets were fired at the demonstrators, who were on a march to present a petition to the Electoral Commission of Ghana over the current voters’ register.

The action of the police left several injured while some of the protesters were arrested.

Speaking on the first day of his ‘Rise and Build Tour’ in the Upper East Region, Nana Addo demanded, as a matter of urgency, a commission of inquiry at the instance of the president into the incident.

“I believe the President of the Republic is duty-bound to establish a commission of enquiry to go into the events of [Wednesday] into how come the Police behaved the way that they did, and make the appropriate recommendations,” he said.

He described as a shame the action resorted to by the police against the “unarmed” protesters.

“It is a great shame on our country, and it is a tragedy for Ghana. The democratic gains that our people have made, they are not going back. We are not going back on democracy. We are not going back to police rule in Ghana. We are not going back to one-man rule.”

The march was organised by anti-government pressure group Let My Vote Count in partnership with Alliance for Accountable Government (AFAG) and Movement for Change.

They were joined by some members of the NPP.

Nana Addo said the party will not relent in its call for a new voters’ register ahead of the 2016 elections.

“We are determined to continue down the path of democratic engagement and an open society where its citizens can go about their work peacefully. Brute force by the police against unarmed citizens exercising their constitutional rights, should be a thing of the past.”

According to him, the call for a new voters’ register “will strengthen the credibility of the electoral system and therefore make the outcome of any electoral outcome easy for people to accept.

“It is the best way of consolidating and guaranteeing the peace of our country and the survival of our democracy, not because it will favour the NPP, but because it will favour our democracy.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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NDC Leader Mahama congratulates Portuphy; commends Huudu Yahaya for maturity

President John Dramani Mahama has congratulated all the newly-elected executive officers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), following the conclusion of the 8th National Delegates’ Congress in Kumasi, in the early hours of Sunday.

“I have called our new party Chairman, Mr. Kofi Portuphy, and congratulated him on winning a fair and democratic fight,” stated President Mahama, who is the leader and flagbearer of the party. 

“I have also conveyed, through him, my congratulations and very best wishes to all the other members – both retained and newly-elected – who will now form a new solid leadership to provide an even more effective organisation for our great party, so that all Ghanaians can benefit from the skills, commitment and expertise we have to offer.”

The President has equally extended his immense gratitude to all the outgoing national executives of the NDC. 

“Dr. Kwabena Adjei, Yaw Gyan and others who have been replaced are committed social democrats and lifelong NDC stalwarts, and we must thank them very much for all the sacrifices and contributions they have made for the sake of the party and for Ghana,” President Mahama stated. 

He added that these experienced party colleagues will still be needed to share their knowledge and advice to assist the new executives and the party in moving the Government’s agenda forward.

“We have a lot to do for Ghana, and a lot to offer Ghanaians now and in the years to come. Only the best will do and we will strive to offer the best.”

The President commended Alhaji Hudu Yahaya for the great maturity he displayed in standing down from the Chairmanship contest in the larger interest of the party. 

President Mahama also extended his congratulations to all members of the National Democratic Congress – at home and abroad – on the successful delegates’ conference that has concluded peacefully, smoothly and successfully in the Ashanti Regional capital. 

He urged all members of the party to rally together quickly behind the new executives, in a renewed spirit of unity, dedication and commitment, so that the party can become stronger, better, and more effective in delivering excellent governance and prosperity to the people of Ghana, based on integrity, vision and patriotism.

Source: FHCB

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Mahama’s vision of Ghana’s woes blurred – Nduom

Two-time presidential candidate Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom says since the beginning of the 21st century, Ghana has not suffered worse times than it is suffering now.

Dr Nduom added, however, that the President, John Dramani Mahama, has refused to come to terms with the current state of the country.

The Founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) suggests that President Mahama’s stance may be as a result of his frequent travels in the presidential jet.

“Our President John Dramani Mahama still insists that Ghana is not facing a crisis but just going through some challenges,” Dr Nduom stated. “Perhaps as he flies sky high in the Presidential jet, he does not see our problems in close range. Perhaps the height blurs the vision.”

He wrote on his official Facebook page: “Those of us at ground level see and experience serious problems of power outage (dum, dum), unemployment, high cost of production, stress leading to high blood pressure even among our youth and preventable diseases such as cholera among others.

“We suffer humiliation when we travel abroad due to the stigma of cholera and corruption.”

He has challenged the citizens to take up the mantle to tackle the problems, if leadership would not.

“We must show the best citizenship by conserving power, paying our taxes, cleaning our homes and work places and disposing the garbage responsibly, stop urinating openly in public spaces and work for maximum results as employees and employers. We must buy what we produce here in Ghana so we can create jobs for our people. When things go wrong lets open our mouths and talk. But let’s protect the image of our country at all times.”

Dr Nduom, however, challenged the president to rise to the occasion.

“Leaders are not made for the best of times. Leaders show their worth during bad times.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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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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NDC aspirant promises 53.6% victory for Mahama in 2016

An aspiring Propaganda Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kobby Fiagbey, has promised to deliver not less than 53.6 per cent of the valid votes to be cast in 2016 for President John Dramani Mahama if he [Fiagbey] is elected to power.

“I want to see the NDC leading [the 2016 elections] convincingly with 178 parliamentary seats across the length and breadth of the country.”

Launching his campaign dubbed “Kpa Kpa Movement” ahead of the December 20 national delegates’ congress, Mr Fiagbey was confident President Mahama will be elected for a second term given the numerous projects seen during his first term.

He cited the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, the Sofoline Interchange, the Tetteh-Quarshie-Madina Road and the Achimota-Ofankor Road as some of the major infrastructural projects embarked upon by the John Mahama-led administration.

“I could go on and on,” he said at Monday’s launch.

Mr Fiagbey said the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have had the audacity to recently talk about narcotics trade as a result of the breakdown of the ruling party’s propaganda machinery.

Mr Fiagbey is among at least four persons contesting the position currently held by Member of Parliament for Keta Constituency Richard Quashigah.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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Mahama sure of leading NDC in 2016

Though the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is yet to begin processes for congress to get a flagbearer for the 2016 elections, its leader John Dramani Mahama has put himself up as the candidate to be elected.

During his address to the people of Sefwi Wiawso in the Western Region to mark the 30th National Farmers Day, President Mahama said he will be back to campaign in the district in 2016, by which time most “critical” roads will be under construction or nearing completion.

“It is my hope that by the time I come around for the 2016 campaign, a lot of the roads will be under construction or nearing completion,” he told the chiefs and people of Sefwi Wiawso on Friday, December 5,

The NDC on September 1, 2012 endorsed President John Dramani Mahama by 99.5 per cent as the party’s candidate in the 2012 elections.

It is likely the former Vice President will stand unopposed again for the 2016 elections.

He told the chiefs of Western Region that many of the roads be taken a serous look at.

“I know that a major problem in the Western Region is the road network,” he acknowledged.

“During my [2012] campaign, I criss-crossed this region and I visited many of the chiefs in the palaces and with any chief I visited when I entered the palace, they welcomed me very warmly [about the deplorable nature of the roads].

“…and, so, we are taking the issue of roads in the Western Region very seriously.”

He assured of a massive cocoa roads programme for the construction of major roads in the country.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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I’d have made Mahama, Nana Addo ministers if I had won 2012 Elections – Ayariga

Presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the 2012 Elections Hassan Ayariga has reiterated that he would have upheld a high-level of all-inclusiveness if he had won the 2012 Elections.

He stated that John Dramani Mahama, who emerged victorious in the elections, would have been his Minister of Foreign Affairs while Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the runner-up in the elections, would have been his Minister of Education.

Mr Ayariga was speaking on TV3’s 7GMT on Friday, April 26, 2013.

He added that Dr Forster Abu Sakara would have been his Minister of Agriculture.

“If they had voted me into power, I would have had all this,” he indicated.

Mr Ayariga first mentioned this at the Presidential Debate held by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) prior to the last year’s elections.

Mr Ayariga disclosed that he is working on a project to be dubbed “Let’s Build Ghana Together”.

“Very soon it will be launched,” he added.

‘Normal case’

The businessman and accountant reiterated his call for an end to the live broadcast of proceedings from the Supreme Court on the election petition, saying it is slowing down productivity.

“This is a normal case anybody can take to court,” he stressed.

He noted in an interview with TV3 News on Thursday that delayed telecast or telecast on weekends would have been the best.

“We are not against the live proceedings of the petition. If it is on Saturdays or Sundays, that’s fine. But people have resorted to watching the television rather than working and it is causing the nation so much and that is what we are against,” he said.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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I’d have made Mahama, Nana Addo ministers if I had won 2012 Elections – Ayariga

Presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the 2012 Elections Hassan Ayariga has reiterated that he would have upheld a high-level of all-inclusiveness if he had won the 2012 Elections.

He stated that John Dramani Mahama, who emerged victorious in the elections, would have been his Minister of Foreign Affairs while Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the runner-up in the elections, would have been his Minister of Education.

Mr Ayariga was speaking on TV3’s 7GMT on Friday, April 26, 2013.

He added that Dr Forster Abu Sakara would have been his Minister of Agriculture.

“If they had voted me into power, I would have had all this,” he indicated.

Mr Ayariga first mentioned this at the Presidential Debate held by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) prior to the last year’s elections.

Mr Ayariga disclosed that he is working on a project to be dubbed “Let’s Build Ghana Together”.

“Very soon it will be launched,” he added.

‘Normal case’

The businessman and accountant reiterated his call for an end to the live broadcast of proceedings from the Supreme Court on the election petition, saying it is slowing down productivity.

“This is a normal case anybody can take to court,” he stressed.

He noted in an interview with TV3 News on Thursday that delayed telecast or telecast on weekends would have been the best.

“We are not against the live proceedings of the petition. If it is on Saturdays or Sundays, that’s fine. But people have resorted to watching the television rather than working and it is causing the nation so much and that is what we are against,” he said.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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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.