Communications Officer Nkansah to make NDC ‘seen, heard and felt’

Newly elected Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Solomon Nkansah has justified the re-christening of the erstwhile Propaganda Secretary position, saying the Constitution Amendment Committee led by Ken Dzirasah did not make a mistake at all.

He said the change is a response to the changing times within the party.

By popular acclamation during its 8th national delegates’ congress in Kumasi, the ruling party amended its constitution to have that Propaganda Secretary position on the executive body replaced.

“It is just to synchronize and reposition NDC to meet the aspiration of our admirers,” Mr Nkansah told TV3’s Martin Asiedu-Dartey on Midday Live on Monday, December 22.

He explained that he will fundamentally act as a publicity officer for the party.

“[The position] has to do with making sure that NDC is seen, heard and felt by many,” he said.

He dismissed fears that the position will conflict the role of the party’s Communications Director.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


NDC has shown the way in kicking non-performing executives out – PPP

The youth wing of Ghana’s second largest opposition party, Progressive People’s Party (PPP), has lauded delegates of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for showing the way to go in 2016: “that is, getting rid of the current non-performing NDC government whose only achievement has been to bring the nation into economic turmoil.”

The PPP youth say it is a lesson every Ghanaian must learn from.

The NDC went to congress over the weekend to elect functional executives for the next four years. Though most of the newly elected were part of the old stock, the results got some of the old faces out.

The Chairman of the party, Dr Kwabena Adjei, for example, lost his position to one of his vice chairmen, Kofi Portuphy.

National Organiser Yaw Boateng Gyan also lost his position to a Deputy General Secretary, Kofi Adams.

In a statement signed by National Youth Coordinator Divine Nkrumah, the PPP drew the attention of all and sundry to the gesture of the NDC at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

“This clearly shows that the delegates and party members were not in the least pleased with the old crop of unproductive leaders who had no vision in terms of advancement of the party,” the statement said.

It added: “The delegates must therefore be applauded for setting the example that Ghanaians ought to follow in 2016…”

The PPP cited mismanagement of the economy of the country, corruption, lack of visionary leadership as some of the reasons why the NDC must not be retained in 2016.

“The youth of the Progressive People’s Party and Ghanaian youth yearn for a progressive and action-led government come 2016.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


Nana Konadu says ‘No’ to NDC

Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings has categorically stated that she is not returning to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) despite a plea made by her husband and the party’s founder, Jerry John Rawlings, to delegates at the just-ended congress to get her back.

In an exclusive interview with TV3’s Nana Aba Anamoah on Monday, December 22, the former NDC Vice Chairperson said her love and convictions that went into establishing the ‘umbrella’ party have since waned.

“The conviction I had in going to some other place is still there and still relevant,” she stated.

Former President Rawlings urged NDC’s rank and file on Saturday when he mounted the podium to get “our mother” back .

“Let us invite our mother Nana Konadu to come back home,” he said. “I hope she can hear us, I hope she can see us.”

But Nana Konadu revealed to Nana Aba Anamoah that she was even not by her television nor radio set when the request was made by her husband.

“I had been busy the whole day. I had not heard,” she said, adding that Mr Rawlings “knows better” about her decision not to return though his appeal may have emanated from “a good heart”.

The Former First Lady was instrumental in the establishment of the NDC in 1992 but left in the run-up to the 2012 elections to found the National Democratic Party (NDP). She had been defeated by the late President Professor John Evans Atta Mills in an unprecedented presidential primary, which saw an incumbent president challenged within his party.

“I worked to build [NDC],” she pointed out.

“But even when you build a house, you build the house because you want to live in it…and you find that robbers have taken over your house and the house has been desecrated in some way and you have the chance to move to a smaller house somewhere, if you are not staying there, then that’s your problem,” she analogized.

Corruption in NDC?

Asked whether the NDC has been infested with corruption as asserted by Mr Rawlings at the weekend’s congress, Mrs Rawlings said she agrees with her husband.

“It is too much.”

She further insinuated that President John Dramani Mahama has lost the fight against corruption as he cannot set an example.

“Let’s live by examples.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


This ‘bronya’ is too dry – CPP Gen. Sec tells NDC gov’t

In a heretical delivery of a solidarity message at the delegates’ congress of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Ivor Greenstreet descended heavily on the ruling party, saying “nobody is feeling your ‘Better Ghana Agenda’”.

Mr Greenstreet said the energy crisis and perception of corruption are suffocating Ghanaians.

“Ghanaians are not happy at all,” he stated.

“This bronya is dry…too, too dry.”

The message by CPP’s General Secretary did not go down well with delegates including the leader of the party, John Dramani Mahama, who restrained himself from replying Mr Greenstreet.

“Government is a continuum and I’m therefore not one to play the blame game, and I’ve therefore had to restrain myself from responding frontally to the solidarity message that was given by our colleagues from the CPP.”

But Mr Greenstreet had earlier observed that: “The most painful thing of all is that you don’t care.”

Other political parties including the New Patriotic Party (NPP) also delivered their solidarity messages.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


NDC elects national executives today

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) will today, Saturday, December 20, elect its national functional executives for the next four years.

The executives will be elected during its national delegates’ congress to be held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

In all, 70 members are aspiring for 23 positions on the National Executive Committee (NEC).

Over 3,000 delegates are expected to cast their votes.

Six polling stations will be set up within the sports stadium for the election, which will be supervised by the Electoral Commission.

None of the aspirants will be allowed to make any speeches during the congress, General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia told journalists on Friday.

The leader of the party, John Dramani Mahama, and his vice, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, will be in attendance.

The climax of the elections is expected to be the chairmanship race among incumbent Dr Kwabena Adjei, Kofi Portuphy, the National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Daniel Abodakpi, a former ambassador to Malaysia, and Huudu Yahaya, a Vice Chairman.

The congress is themed: “Overcoming Emerging Challenges in Achieving the Better Ghana Agenda for Victory in 2016”.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


Rawlings calls for return of wife Nana Konadu to NDC

Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Jerry John Rawlings has persuaded the rank and file of the ruling party to encourage his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, to return to the party.

Mrs Rawlings left the NDC in the run-up to the 2012 elections to found the National Democratic Party (NDP).

She had contested then leader, the late Professor John Evans Atta Mills, ahead of the elections but lost in a humiliating defeat.

Addressing delegates at the 8th National Congress of the NDC, Mr Rawlings, a two-time presidential candidate of the party, said: “Let us invite our mother Nana Konadu to come back home”.

The Former First Lady, who was disqualified by the Electoral Commission to contest the 2012 elections, has not been seen at any of NDC’s rallies since leaving in 2012.

“I hope she can hear us, I hope she can see us,” Mr Rawlings said but wondered: “Can you blame her?”

The NDC is electing its national executives for the next four years in Kumasi.

Reports say those who supported the former first lady – in the Friends of Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings (FONKAR) – stand a better chance of being elected into executive positions.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


NDC-NPP will continue to rule Ghana – Agyapong

General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwabena Agyei Agyepong says the two major political parties – the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) – will continue to rule the country at least “into the near future”.

He, therefore, called for more collaboration between the two parties and, in general, other political parties.

Since the advent of the 4th Republic, the NDC has governed the country a total of 14 years with the NPP having governed for eight years.

In his solidarity message to delegates of the ruling party at its 8th national congress, Mr Agyepong, who served as Presidential Spokesperson sometime during NPP’s administration, lamented the road the interaction between the two parties has taken.

“We cannot continue down this road and scare good people away from the opportunity to serve our country in dignity,” he told the thousands of NDC supporters gathered at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, where the congress was held.

“As politicians, we have a duty to lead by example by upholding and respecting the virtues and values of society.”

The NPP General Secretary also called for NDC’s support in its “drive to get a fresh and more credible voters’ register so we can be guaranteed a sane political environment to fulfill the vision one Ghana AND secure our common future.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


NDC: Propaganda Secretary post now Communications officer

The governing National Democratic Congress, NDC, has adopted a proposal to change the title of Propaganda Secretary,  a key position within the party’s executive body to Communications Officer.  

This motion was adopted by delegates of the party at the 8th national delegates Congress which came off at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.  

This was amongst several other amendments adopted at the Congress grounds.  One other key provision of the party’s constitution which was adopted is the expansion of the party’s electoral college which would now include former Members of Parliament, former ministers, and persons who held other key positions in the party.    

Asked whether this new name wouldn’t be a duplication of roles within a party which already has a communications unit,  a former Propaganda Secretary,  Fiifi Kwetey said: “It would rather enhance the party’s communication machinery.  

“There is a clear difference in roles for the various roles because the Communications Officer and his deputies would be the official mouthpiece of the party in speaking and debating for the party.

“But the communications director would be the one dealing directly with the media in terms of press releases and communiques from the party.”  

He, however, denied perceptions that the party changed the name because of connotations attached to it.  

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana


My election will be a game-changer for the NDC – Ofosu-Ampofo

Former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo has talked up his chances at this year’s national delegates’ congress of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), saying his election as one of the vice chairmen of the party would be a game-changer.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo contesting the vice chairmanship post as ‘Adwuma Wura’ and ‘The Man You Can Trust’, is Number 11 on the ballot paper.

According to the former National Organiser, his focus will be to bring his experience to bear on the organizational machinery of the party in order to ensure victory in 2016.

“Party existence is winning elections and winning elections is all about organization and I have what it takes in terms of organizational ability to bring it to bear on the party’s organizational machinery,” he said in an interview with TV3’s Martin Asiedu-Dartey on Friday, December 19.

He cited the women’s wing as one of the vibrant within the party.

“We believe that the women ought to be recognized, motivated and supported so that they will be able to play that backbone role to help this party.”

The Tema West NDC Member of Parliament-aspirant in the 2012 elections expressed confidence in his chances during Saturday’s congress, saying it is going to revive the NDC.

But on his candidacy, he said: “I keep on telling people that my inclusion in the new executive at the frontline level will be a game changer for the NDC.”

The NDC elects its functional executives for the next four years, on Saturday in Kumasi.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


NDC Congress Case: Aggrieved MP withdraws case

The upcoming congress of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) scheduled for Saturday, December 20 in Kumasi will go ahead as planned.

This follows the withdrawal of the motion that sought to put an interlocutory injunction on the congress by the NDC MP for Afram Plains North, Emmanuel Aboagye Didieye.

The aggrieved MP went to court after he claimed he was disqualified from taking part in the NDC congress .

Counsel for the plaintiff Balado Manu told the court his client has withdrawn the case without liberty to apply.

“My client arrived at the decision following advice from some party members that there is no need to go ahead with the motion filed,” he told the court.

The case was subsequently withdrawn by the presiding  judge, Justice Anthony Oppong .

Our corespondent reports that the  court did not award any costs in proceedings.

Executives of the party have assured all is set for the congress at the Baba Yara Sports stadium .