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NPP: Let’s elevate politics beyond lies, deceit & insult

The General Secretary of the main opposition New Patriotic Party, Kwabena Agyepong has admonished the governing NDC and other political parties in the country to elevate politics beyond “insults and lies.”

According to Mr. Agyepong, the the two leading party’s have “had the opportunity to govern Ghana and the levels of discourse should be guided by decent mature” commentary. He, however, added that the contrary to the position above, discussions by politicians have been malicious, deceitful and detrimental to the growth of the countries democracy.

He was speaking at the congress grounds of the National Democratic Congress where he and other political parties gave their solidarity messages aimed at wishing the NDC a fruitful congress.

Kwabena Agyepong said “as politicians we have a duty to lead by example by being tolerant decent and have respect for one another” and should be elevated beyond propaganda, insults and lies. Politics is a serious business” he added.

On leadership, the NPP’s General Secretary said “Ghana now needs a Leadership that is courageous and decisive and there’s only one such leader and that’s Nana Akufo Addo of the NPP” a comment which was met with loud jeers and boos.

In conclusion, he called on all political party’s to “help secure a new voters register” from next year so we can have a free fair and credible election in 2016.

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

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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|3news.com|Ghana

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No decision on NPP’s parliamentary primaries yet – Afoko

National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Paul Afoko has dismissed directives making rounds over the parliamentary primaries of the party.

The directives are asking constituency executives interested in contesting the party’s parliamentary primaries to tender in their resignations by end of the year and submit their CVs for pre-vetting.

“I wish to stress that the directive is unauthorized and must be ignored by all constituency executives across the country,” Mr Afoko said in a statement released on Friday, December 19, 2014.

He explained that under the party’s constitution only the National Executive Committee and the Steering Committee can take such decisions.

“…on this occasion, no such decision has been taken by any of the bodies empowered to do so,” he stressed.

“The constitution is the guiding document for our activities and I wish to implore all party members to remain calm and respect the party’s constitution.”

The NPP’s internal reorganization ahead of the 2016 elections is expected to be climaxed with the election of the party’s parliamentary candidates in 2015.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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Government’s position on petrol prices untenable – NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has made another attempt to coerce government to reduce prices of petrol, saying: “A caring government can easily reduce the price by GH¢3 or GH¢4”.

“This will bring much needed relief to the hard press Ghanaian consumer, whilst still giving government some over-recovery towards paying the debt.”

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) announced  – amid recent public calls for reduction of the fuel prices – that it is using the over-recoveries to settle its debt to the Bulk Distribution Companies (BDCs).

However, in a statement issued on Thursday, December 18, the NPP said government’s reason is not tenable.

“Whatever debt that has arisen between government and the BDCs has not been caused by the rise in price of oil or any other event over which the government has limited or no control,” the statement signed by Nana Akomea, NPP Communications Director, said.

“The debt has arisen largely because of foreign exchange losses – the loss in value of the Cedi related to the Dollar for most part of the year. This loss in the value of the Cedi is entirely within the economic and fiscal management of the Government.”

The global price for oil has reduced by close to about 50 per cent.

Citing petrol prices in some African countries such as Sudan, Cameroon, Egypt, Tunisia and Botswana, the NPP said the motoring public should not pay more than GH¢11 per gallon given the global changes and the 30 per cent fall in the value of the Dollar.

“The NPP calls on government to show a caring face to Ghanaians and reduce petrol prices now.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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NPP fears losing 2016 if ‘GYEEDA’ law is passed – Akyeampong

Executive Director of the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) Kwabena Akyeampong has descended heavily on the Minority in Parliament, saying its position on the National Youth Employment Agency Bill “is flawed”.

Kobby Akyeampong, as he is widely known, said the Bill is to get the structures such as the various positions of GYEEDA in place and not to change the mission and vision of the programme.

“It is an establishment bill,” he stated on Tuesday, December 16 in an interview on TV3.

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament on Monday, December 15 raised red flags over the Bill, accusing government of rushing it to satisfy its selfish interest.

“The Minority is not against the passage of any law for the programme,” said Isaac Kwame Asiamah, MP for Atwima-Mponua Constituency. “But it is instructive to note that a mere passage of the law will not stop the ‘create, loot and share’ instinct of this government”.

But Mr Akyeampong said the Minority “is just playing pure partisan politics with this” as its members have been involved in all nine meetings held over the Bill.

“When this bill is passed into law, it reduces their chances of winning the 2016 elections,” Kobby Akyeampong stated as reason for the NPP MPs’ action.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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NPP ‘proud of’ Kufuor’s leadership

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has extolled the qualities of Former Leader John Agyekum Kufuor, saying among other things that he stabilised the Cedi and supervised the discovery of oil in commercial quantities.

In a statement to wish the former president well as he marks his 76th birthday today, December 8, the NPP outlined some of the “far reaching social policies” introduced during the eight-year tenure of Mr Kufuor.

“You decriminalised free speech; you introduced the seminal and unprecedented Health Insurance system in our country; you introduced capitation grant, school feeding, free maternal health care; and Metro Mass Transport,” Nana Akomea, the Director of Communications, stated.

He expressed pride in Mr Kufuor especially with the honours he continues to receive in retirement.

“After your retirement from the presidency, you have received and continue to receive many international awards and recognition, thus bringing more glory to our country,” the statement said.

“You remain a pillar of stability not only in our party but in our country and our continent.”

Born on December 8, 1938, Mr Kufuor was president between 2001 and 2009.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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NPP bereaved

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is mourning the death of its Ashanti Region Deputy Organiser, Kwame Adu.

Adu died on Sunday, December 21 after a short illness.

“Coming at the festive season, it definitely strikes as a very hard blow to the family of the deceased and the entire NPP fraternity, especially, the Ashanti Regional NPP,” a statement issued by National Chairman Paul Afoko on Tuesday, December 23 said.

“On behalf of the NPP, I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the Ashanti Regional NPP and particularly, to the family of the deceased.”

Mr Afoko described the deceased as a true patriot and a democrat, whose contribution was not only to the NPP but to the country as a whole.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Tsatsu suffers collateral damage as ploy to destroy Bawumia’s credibility backfires – NPP

After seven (7) days of cross examination of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia by Counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Tsatsu Tsikata, in the ongoing Presidential Election Petition hearings, what has become apparent is the failure of the Counsel to damage the credibility of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, but rather the unintended damage suffered by Tsatsu to his own image in various incidents which have gone a considerable way to also weaken the case of the respondents.

It became very obvious from the cross examination of Tony Lithur, Counsel for John Mahama, earlier in the trial that the key strategy was to dent the image and credibility of the petitioners, particularly Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who led the team that uncovered the irregularities that affected the conduct and outcome of the December 7th Presidential Elections.

With Counsel Tony Lithur obviously failing to achieve this goal after almost four days of cross examination, the onus fell squarely on Tsatsu Tsikata to accomplish the mission of destroying the image of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as well as Nana Akufo-Addo, 1st Petitioner in the case, and in extension destroy the case of the petitioners.

For the past seven days, the preoccupation of Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata in his cross examination of the witness has been impugning the credibility of Dr. Bawumia time and again and even after valid objections on the choice of language by the Counsel from both lawyers of the petitioners and the nine member panel adjudging the case.

However, after brazen attempts, what has also become obvious so far is that Tsatsu Tsikata, as well failing in his legal task of destroying the case of the petitioners, has rather become the biggest casualty in the trial as a result of various incidents which have placed on him a tag of notoriety which he would have rather avoided.

The first major slur on Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata’s image occurred on the 1st day of his cross examination when he had to receive key lessons from the witness on the electoral processes after he suggested that the Form 1C used in the elections was for disabled voters only, in his attempt to justify the incidents of voting without biometric verification. This was quickly disproved by the witness who showed that indeed every voter was issued with a Form 1C.

Subsequently, the witness also educated the Counsel on the fact that even disabled voters were verified by the Biometric Verification device by face only as had been indicated by the Electoral Commission prior to the elections and that the argument that those who voted without being verified by the device were the disabled was untenable.

These early body shots painted a picture of a counsel who was ill-informed on the processes and the issues around the case itself.

The next major slur on the Counsel’s image was to occur on the 2nd day when in apparent attempt to tear down the petitioner’s categorization of twenty-two (22) polling stations as unknown, introduced some letters which he claimed were signed by Nana Akufo-Addo, the Presidential Candidate for the NPP in the 2012 Elections, authorizing some agents to represent him at those polling stations.

However, when the letters were scrutinized by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia it turned out that the letters which supposedly were dated between the 5th and 7th of December (Election Day) were however stamped to have been received on the 3rd of December, three to four clear days before they were supposedly written.

These strange features of the letters led to Dr. Bawumia questioning them and calling for their originals to be tended, a challenge which till date remains unaccepted as Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata quickly moved away from questioning on the letters and has since not returned to them.

Another landmark event in the trial so far occurred when contrary to all the ethics of the legal profession and good behaviour, Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata in open court vented his frustration on lead Counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison who had tried to raise an objection. The NDC Lawyer in open defiance of established court room practice and disregard for the eminent justices angrily told the lawyer for the petitioners to shut up, a language which has since attracted condemnation from many lawyers and large sections of the society. Till date, Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata has refused to apologize sending a clear message of disregard for all involved in the case.

Another key moment of disgrace for Tsatsu occurred on the 7th day of his cross examination when he made a bold declaration to the court that on the face of the affidavit deposed to by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the polling stations in contention could not be up to 11,842 as the petitioners had claimed in their affidavit. The Counsel then applied to the Court for a quick calculation to be done on the numbers on the face of the affidavit to prove the case he had made consistently that the petitioners were arithmetically challenged.

Three Justices of the court all took up the challenge and calculated for themselves the numbers in the affidavit and in a matter of minutes confirmed the position of the petitioners that there were 11,842 polling stations in contention for which pink sheets were submitted as exhibits to the court. This really exposed the NDCs Counsel as the one who was arithmetically challenged.

Generally, the 7 day cross examination of the witness has demystified what had almost become the legend of Tsatsu Tsikata who for a long while had been held as a legal genius and colossus who perhaps had no equal.

Instead of delivering fireworks to collapse the case of the petitioners, what Tsatsu Tsikata has done is to, more or less, duplicate the cross examination of Counsel Tony Lithur whose cross examination had been graded as a disappointing show even for NDC faithful and as a result of which all hope was thrust on Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata to save the presidency of John Mahama.


Source: NPP Communications Directorate

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Tsatsu shot down, according to NPP

Day 13 of the Presidential Election Petition hearings, like recent few days, turned out to be a very difficult day for Counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), 3rd Respondents in the case, Tsatsu Tsikata as he faced numerous challenges from the nine member panel sitting on the Supreme Court case as well as Counsel for the petitioners on how he was conducting his cross examination of the main witness of the petitioners, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

The day started with an obviously confused Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata trying to continue on the line of cross examination on “new” pink sheets which were not part of the petitioners’ case as he seemed not to have understood the ruling given by the Justices on Tuesday.

Lawyer Tsikata was quickly hustled out of that line of cross examination despite obvious misgivings by the NDC lawyer. Justice Atuguba, Presiding Judge reminded Counsel Tsikata that the court had clearly ruled on it and that the witness could not be asked questions on pink sheets he did not know about.

Later on in the trial Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata despite the clear ruling of the justices decided to introduce another new pink sheet which he suggested related to voting without biometric verification but here again, the NDC lawyer was put in order after an objection raised by Counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison who reminded the judges that the Counsel for the 3rd Respondents was seeking to do the same thing the court had directed him not to do.

Justice Atuguba once again reminded Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata that what he was seeking to do had already been ruled on and that he should wait and direct such questions to his witnesses when they appear. Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata tried to suggest that what he had tried to do with the earlier new pink sheet was in relation to over voting but Justice Atuguba noted that the Judges had understood that attempt to be an attempt to suggest that there were other areas where there were other irregularities and not only over voting and as such the ruling covered all such attempts.

Counsel Tsikata then sought to inquire from the witness if he thought all such polling stations where irregularities were evident on the face of the pink sheets should be annulled but the Justice Atuguba reminded him that he had already asked the question and had received a response from the witness.

At this point, Justice Atuguba not only urged Tsatsu Tsikata not to continue his repetitive questioning but also went ahead to describe the cross examination of Tsatsu Tsikata as becoming ‘desultory’, meaning lacking focus, purpose and plan.

But the biggest talking point of the day came when Tsatsu Tsikata tried to suggest that the petitioners had not been honest with their analysis.

Counsel for the Petitioners, Philip Addison quickly rose to object and called the attention of the judges to the continuous use of derogatory and unsavory words and comments by the NDC counsel. He wondered why Lawyer Tsikata could not make his arguments without resort to unsavory words.

“It’s quite surprising coming from him (Tsatsu Tsikata) talking about honesty, really. Coming from him is quite rich. He keeps playing to the gallery and we have warned that we can also use such words” Philip Addison added.

The comments of Counsel Philip Addison clearly unsettled Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata who could only try to use the Evidence Decree to justify his use of the various words for which Counsel Addison had complained. But once again Justice Atuguba redirected him saying Counsel, “honestly I find it difficult to understand the battle you are seeking to fight”


Source: NPP Communications Directorate

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Pro-NDC group questions NPP’s democratic credentials

Inside Ghana, a pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) group, has raised doubts over the democratic credentials of the main opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP), saying its double standards regarding the credibility of the Electoral Commission (EC) in organizing free and fair elections leaves much to be desired.

A statement issued by George Spencer Quaye, Convener of Inside Ghana, said NPP’s accusation of EC in the conduct of the 2012 Elections and their subtle campaign for the parliamentary candidate of the Convention People’s Party, Ahmadu Yahaya, in the April 30 by-election held in Kumbungu Constituency “smacks of hypocrisy”.

Below is the unedited statement;

GHANAIANS MUST QUESTION NPP’S DEMOCRATIC TENETS

The New Patriotic Party has publicly accused the Electoral Commission of Ghana of lacking credibility and hence boycotted all parliamentary bye-elections in support of their bastardization of the constitutionally mandated body tasked to organize elections. In furtherance to this action, leading members of NPP have labeled the EC as being in bed with the ruling NDC government and therefore cannot be trusted to organize any free and fair elections.

It is therefore surprising to hear that regional and constituency executives of the party asked their members to vote for CPP’s candidate Moses Yahaya in the just ended bye-elections in Kumbungu. In one instance the NPP will not contest the bye-elections because the electoral commission lacks credibility and in one breadth the same party is aiding another party to win elections being organized by the same electoral commission. Inside Ghana wants to know the rationale behind such irresponsible conclusion?

Some members of the NPP have on different platforms also congratulated Mr. Amadu Yahya, MP elect for Kumbungu Constituency who won on the ticket of Convention Peoples’ Party. Inside Ghana believes that such double standards smacks of hypocrisy and calls for a serious scrutiny of the democratic tenets of the New Patriotic Party. One wonders if the NPP is not shooting itself in the foot and if indeed they understand and appreciate the democratization process in Ghana. Ghanaians will recall in anguish the violence perpetuated by the NPP after losing the Presidential elections in 2012 fair and square as recently acknowledged by star witness Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia during cross examination. Attacks on media personnel and supporters of the ruling NDC and the failure of Nana Akufo-Addo to state publicly that he will respect and comply by the ruling of the Supreme Court is a grave threat to our democracy. Nana Addo’s seeming silence on war chants by leading members of the NPP is equally worrisome and Inside Ghana believes these are traits of anti-democracy and anarchy.

Inside Ghana therefore calls on Ghanaians to question the democratic tenets of the New Patriotic Party. These pseudo democratic traits have no room or space in a democracy. The deliberate attacks on the EC and NDC built on falsity and atrocious concoctions only retard the progress of our democracy and must not be allowed to thrive. Nana Akufo-Addo is yet to apologise for his ‘all die be die’ chant, a situation that can no longer be swept under the carpet.

Inside Ghana will like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Amadu Yahya and the entire CPP family for this feat. They have demonstrated that hard work indeed pays. To Madam Samia Nkrumah we say more grease to your elbow and hope to see the CPP becoming a second force to the National Democratic Congress in the years to come

We would also like to commend the Electoral Commission for upholding the high standards they have set and once again demonstrating to the world that Ghana is indeed a democratic State where elections are free, fair and transparent. In other countries, an incumbent losing a bye-election is unimaginable and in the face of all these baseless accusations from the NPP, the electoral commission has not fragmented and Ghana is still the winner.

Signed

George Spencer Quaye


Source: 3news.com|Ghana