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


PPP, CPP to run in Kumbungu by-election

Though the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has indicated it will not contest for the Kumbungu Constiuency by-election, other opposition parties have expressed preparedness to contest for the seat abdicated by Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni after his appointment as Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) says its constituency executives have resolved to run in the April 30 by-elections.

“Our constituency executives are prepared and they have resolved to run,” said Nii Armah Akomfrah, the Party’s Communications Director.

“Our regional executives have similarly resolved to back the candidate and they are in discussion with our national leadership and it is likely we will be running,” he added.

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) cited the current labour unrests in the country as what constituents will be considering in voting for the Party.

“The feedback we are getting from them indicates that the place looks very bright even though traditionally it has been an NDC seat,” said Paa Kow Ackon, Deputy National Secretary of the Party.

“We are very hopeful especially with the current tension which is brewing in the country that the people will look at the current stalemate and give PPP the chance.”

The National Organiser of the People’s National Convention, Emmanuel Wilson, stated that the national executive of the party is preparing to get to the region to provide its support “to make sure the seat over there goes to the PNC”.

Candidates have been asked to file nominations on April 16 and April 17 prior to the by-elections.



NDC gov’t was fiscally indisciplined last year – PPP

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has attributed the budget deficit in 2012 – as stated in the 2013 budget statement – to fiscal indiscipline on the part of government.

“The extravagant campaign of the NDC through the funding of the ‘Thank You’ tour, the distribution of sewing machines, land cruisers, Hyundai vehicles, laptops and the rest to buy votes are the true cause of our problems,” the Party’s 2012 parliamentary candidate for Tema Central Constituency, Kwabena Okyere, told journalists in Accra on Thursday, March 7, 2013.

He said the Finance Minister Seth Terkper, try as he did, failed to explain the cause of the huge budget deficit.

“The Minister conveniently and unsuccessfully attempted to divert attention from the very cause of huge debts and the budget deficits of GH¢8.7 billion which represent 12.1 % of GDP,” Mr Okyere said.

He observed that government gave too much attention to the oil and gas sector at the expense of stronger areas like agriculture.

“In spite of the agricultural stronghold position in the budget, this sector of the economy is still not capable of fulfilling its overall economic tasks,” he noted. “The main reasons for this appear to be that agriculture has been neglected for years in favour of a stronger development of the oil sector of the economy.”

The PPP advocated appropriate investment, calling for the jettison of some of the projects in the 2013 economic policy.

“What is the point in investing in construction of a new chamber for Parliament when you cannot provide electricity for that chamber?” Mr Okyere asked.

He, further, pointed out that there is too much duplication of functions in the system, draining the economy of resources for other potentially viable sectors.

“There is too much duplication of functions within the government and a clear example is the president appointing six ministers to the Office of the President.”



If policies won elections in Ghana, PPP would’ve won 2012 Elections in first round – PPP member

A member of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has stated that it had one of the multi-faceted manifestoes going into the December 7/8 Elections though founded eight months earlier.

“Mention any national issue and I can tell you the PPP had a message on that,” Kwabena Okyere said on TV3’s News @ 10.

According to him, that the PPP convinced over 60,000 electorates in few months shows it has become a force to reckon with in Ghana politics.

“It is a signal that we did not form a one-election party but a party that can win elections in Ghana,” he told host Bright Nana Amfoh on Monday.

The 2012 PPP parliamentary candidate for Tema Central Constituency said Ghanaian electorates would have voted PPP into power if they were not afraid of change.

“Black people are afraid of change,” he stated.

He said the party, which has lined up a series of activities to mark its first anniversary, will channel effort into urging electorates to vote for it.

“The greatest challenge is getting people not only to like you but to vote for you,” he stressed.

“We just have to continue building,” he added.

PPP’s Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom polled 64, 267 in last year’s elections to come third among the presidential aspirants. His votes represented 0.58 per cent of the total valid votes cast.



PPP aspirant files nomination to contest Buem seat

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) parliamentary candidate for Buem Constituency in the Volta Region, Elvis Akoto-Ade has filed his nomination to contest the by-election slated for 26 February.

Mr Akoto-Ade presented his completed nomination forms and the GH¢1,000 filing fee to Reverend Simon Yakanu, Retuning Officer in charge of the Constituency around 1500 hrs on Tuesday.

Rev Yakanu said he was satisfied with the completed nomination forms and thanked the Party for contributing to the democratic process of the country.

Source: GNA


PPP goes to court over campaign vehicle

The Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) is in court to recover its Toyota Tundra vehicle with registration number “GC 3706 12” in the custody of Madam Akua Donkor, Flagbearer of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP).

It had been given to her to canvass for votes for the PPP in the December 7 elections, after she had failed in her bid to file her nomination with the Electoral Commission (EC) to contest the presidential poll.

The said vehicle has sparked a row between Madam Donkor and the party as she has publicly vowed not to return it to the owners, claiming it had been given out to her as gift.

The PPP would, however, not let it go culminating in an application to the Kumasi Circuit Court Three presided over by Mr Justice D.W.P. Amedior, to compel her to return it.

Mr Oheneba Kuffuor, a Kumasi-based lawyer, is representing the plaintiff.

Documents on the vehicle show that it is owned by the Coconut Groove Hotel, operated by Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, the PPP’s Presidential Candidate.

The plaintiffs contend that the decision by the defendant to keep the vehicle is illegal and wrongful.

They want the court to intervene to prevent Madam Donkor from causing irreparable damage to the vehicle.

Mr Justice amedior directed that a copy of the writ must be served on her for her to respond.


Source: GNA


NPP, CPP ‘unlikely’ to contest Buem, Akatsi South by-elections; PPP in

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) have given indications that they are unlikely to contest the February by-elections scheduled to be held in Buem and Akatsi South Constituencies in the Volta Region.

While the seat in Akatsi South Constituency became vacant as a result of the elevation of former Member of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho to Speaker of the Sixth Parliament, the death of Henry Ford Kamel on December 25, 2012 rendered the Buem Constituency orphaned.

The Electoral Commission (EC) has scheduled Tuesday, February 5, 2013 as date for the by-election in Akatsi South Constituency while exactly 21 days later the Buem Constituency by-election will be held.

The largest opposition party, the NPP, will decide on Thursday, January 17, 2013 whether to contest the two seats or not.

But it is unlikely as the party does not trust the EC anymore, said the party’s director of elections.

“The very conductor and supervisor of this process, by our court case, has its credibility in crisis and until a final decision of that matter is made, how do you turn round to go and be part of an election that they organize?” Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah asked in an interview with TV3’s Edward Kwabi Monday.

Communications Director of the CPP Nii Armah Akumfrah did not mince words as he stated that the party is yet to recover from its ‘bad’ performance at the just-ended elections.

“It looks unlikely that we will contest those two seats at this time so soon after the main elections where we performed very badly,” he said.

“We have said that we have challenges in various constituencies and whether those challenges are the result of the performance of the Electoral Commission or not, we are yet to determine,” he explained.

“But we have challenges with various constituencies including Jomoro,” Nii Akumfrah added.

He said the CPP is still investigating allegations against the EC regarding its results in some constituencies.

Though the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has called for electoral reforms in the country, the party has made clear its intention to grab at least one of the two seats.

“The PPP will contest the two seats in Buem and Akatsi South [Constituencies],” said party chairman Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond.

“We have opened up nominations for the process to begin. We are expecting that the primaries will be held just before the closing dates that have been announced by the EC.”

The seat holders National Democratic Congress have already opened nominations for candidates to contest their primaries.