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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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Nana Addo leaves for the UK

Leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has left Ghana for the United Kingdom, a statement from his office has said.

Nana Addo left last Tuesday, the statement on Thursday said.

He left with his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Nana Dokua.

“Nana Akufo-Addo has travelled to celebrate the birth, in UK, of his grand-daughter,” the statement signed by Eugene Arhin, Nana Addo’s Press Secretary, cited.

“Whilst in the UK, he will also meet with the NPP-UK branch and members of the Ghanaian community in the UK.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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Get your hands off workers pensions: Nana Addo tells gov’t

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo has for the first time spoken about the impasse between government and public sector workers over their tier two pensions, asking government to “take its hands off the pension and let the workers have a say in how their pensions are managed.”

Nana Addo was speaking at the 2nd Memorial Lecture series of former vice president, Alhaji Aliu Mahama on the theme: One Ghana, Securing our future.

There has been back and forth with government over the management of the second tier pensions of public sector workers which has resulted in strikes on various fronts of the country’s work force.

The workers are opposed to a decision by government to choose a private trustee, Pension Alliance Trust, to oversee the management of their Tier-2 Pension contributions. Organised labour declared a sit down strike over the impasse as to who manages their tier-two pensions.

Government then dragged organized labour to court praying the court to declare the strike as illegal while it seeks interpretations of the labour laws. The accused in the case (Organised Labour) counter sued government also praying the court to order government to undertake certain provisions in the National Pensions Act. 

The see-saw motion between government and labour which led to the strike by the latter had an adverse effect especially on education and health nationwide. The NPP’s 2016 flagbearer, Nana Addo says the situation can be resolved amicably if government would engage organized labour in deciding on who manages their tier-two pensions and “get its hands off” the funds.

The first Aliu Mahama Memorial lecture was given by the NPP’s 2016 running mate, Mahamudu Bawumia, who spoke on the topic, Financial Discipline.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana

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Justice Kpegah to open fresh case against Nana Addo; accuses CJ of complicity in dismissal of his writ

Retired Supreme Court Justice Francis Yaonasu Kpegah has stated that he will open a fresh case against 2008/2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to him, his earlier writ filed at the Fast Track High Court, was dismissed because the Chief Justice, Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, instructed it so.

In a statement released on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Justice Kpegah openly accused the General Legal Council, the Judiciary and the Ghana Bar Association of going “hell bent on defending NANA AKUFO-ADDO in the suit I instituted against him at the Fast Track Division of the High Court.”

He cited that an inscription at the premises of the courts – ‘JUSTICE IS NOT FOR SALE’ – seem to have given way to ‘JUSTICE IS FOR SALE to the highest bidder’ in the current system.

The former Supreme Court judge threatened to make stunning revelations if the independence of the judiciary is not sustained.

“I hope they will maintain the independence required by the ethics of our profession. They should not push me to the wall to make a number of damning revelations that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.”

He observed that Nana Addo, instead of filing a defence to his writ, rather applied to have the case struck out.

“For the record, the defendant, Nana Akufo-Addo NEVER filed a defence to my statement of claim. He simply had no defence to the fact that he was never duly called to the Ghana Bar. He, however, filed an application to strike out the action as frivolous, vexatious, an abuse of the process and disclosing no reasonable cause of action,” Justice Kpegah stated.

Accusing Chief Justice Georgina Wood of having a hand in dismissing the case, Justice Kpegah said one Lawyer Ebow Dawson, a “loud mouth of the NPP”, was overheard in a drinking bar in Cape Coast boasting that “they” have colluded with Chief Justice Wood to have the case dismissed.

“He stated emphatically, that ‘they’ had pre-arranged with Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood to put Justice Mrs Cecilia Sowah on my case so they can expose her relationship with the Vice President, Amissah Arthur. It is an open secret that the presiding Judge, Justice Mrs Cecilia Sowah is a sibling of His Excellency the Vice President. The Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Wood thus colluded with the Defendant, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his agents in order to set up this innocent Judge and thereby create the impression that the ruling government is behind this suit,” he alleged.

“The complicity of the Ghana Bar Association in trying to protect NANA AKUFO-ADDO is there for all to see. To start with Lawyer Frank Davies whose law firm entered appearance for and on behalf of, NANA AKUFO-ADDO is the chairman of the Accra Regional Branch of the Ghana Bar Association. How can such a person who should be interested that professional standards are not compromised at the Bar, be the lawyer for NANA   ADDO   DANKWA   AKUFO-ADDO,” Justice Kpegah’s statement said.

Describing the case as ‘Thriller in Manila’, Justice Kpegah stated that he is determined to see to the logical conclusion of the case so that “the world will one day remember me as an upright man who against all odds maintained that professional ethics should not be sacrificed for the convenience of one man.”


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Justice Kpegah’s suit against Nana Addo dismissed

A suit filed by Justice Francis Yaonasu Kpegah against the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been dismissed.

The retired Supreme Court judge had filed the suit against Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo accusing him of illegally holding himself out as a lawyer.

Documents available at the General Legal Council prove that Nana Addo had been called to the bar. That happened on July 8, 1975.

An extract of Roll Book of the Council 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.”

Justice Kpegah had failed to appear on the first day of hearing, citing ill-health.

He had promised to make an appearance at Thursday’s hearing to prove beyond all doubt that the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has not been called to the bar. He also called for a live telecast of the suit.

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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


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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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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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Nana Addo was watching a Man City match when results of Dec. 7 Elections were declared – NPP MP

New Patriotic Party’s Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu Constituency Alexander Afenyo-Markin has revealed that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his party’s flagbearer in the 2012 Elections, requested to watch an English Premier League match involving Manchester City on the night results of the Elections were about to be declared by Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan.

He said Nana Addo was pivotal in restraining some hardliner party supporters from causing mayhem on the streets in December, 2012, when reports went round that Dr Afari-Gyan was to declare results in favour of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Mr Afenyo-Markin was speaking on TV3’s Headlines on Saturday, April 20, 2013 when he made this disclosure.

He noted Nana Addo has already expressed his commitment to abide by the verdict of the Supreme Court.

The Effutu MP revealed that after the declaration of 2012 Election results, Nana Addo requested party members to provide evidence before he went ahead with that decision to challenge the results.

“When he [Nana Addo] was told to challenge the results, he asked ‘Where is the evidence?’”

Mr Afenyo-Markin was hopeful the NPP will win the suit in court but cautioned party members to be calm in case verdict is passed against them.

“Then we have to prepare to take over in 2016.”

Source: 3news.com|Ghana