I’ll not support JM nor any candidate; I’m independent – NDC Youth Org. hopeful

NDC National Youth Organizer hopeful George Opare Addo says he is not supporting former President John Mahama or any other candidate for the party’s flag bearer position.

He declared his independence in a statement he released seeking to dismiss some attempts by “faceless individuals to incite constituency Youth Organizers and their deputies” against his quest to become national youth organizer of the NDC.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to state emphatically, that; I am not against the presidential bid of JM in any conceivable way and for that matter any other presidential hopeful of the NDC. I shall remain independent and loyal to the NDC and will support to the hilt any candidate elected by the delegates as the flag bearer of NDC”.

He alleged that some people use private lines to call Constituency Youth Organizers and their Deputies and cast him as someone who is in opposition to former President John Mahama’s Presidential bid.

George Opare Addo recently condemned some Members of Parliament who penned their names in endorsement of John Mahama’s bid to lead the NDC as flag bearer in election 2020.

He believes expressing support for any of the flag bearer aspirants amounts to divisive politicking and urged his competitors to engage in a contest of ideas in their quest to lead the youth wing of the party.

NDC Race: I don’t oppose or support Mahaha’s return – Haruna Iddrisu

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has dispelled claims that seek to suggest that he is opposed to the return of former President John Dramani Mahama to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to the 2020 genera elections.

Reports are rife on social media that the NDC MP for Tamale South is not in support of the candidature of Mr. Mahama despite his avowed commitment to support the party to reclaim power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

But in a disclaimer note issued in Accra, Wednesday, the Minority Leader said he has neither authored a statement nor instructed anyone to issue a statement to oppose the candidature of Mr. Mahaha on his behalf.

The said claims which are allegedly attributed to him, he noted, are meant to create disaffection within the rank and file of the NDC.

He said his primary objective, as the Minority Leader, is to lead the Minority to support the leadership of the NDC in its efforts to mend their differences and unity the rank and file of the party following the 2016 election defeat and build a strong opposition to the MOP government.

“It will therefore be at odds with this objective to be openly opposed to or in support of one candidate or the other. As a leader of the Minority Caucus, I remain neutral in the process of electing a flag bearer for our great party and I pledge to respect the will of the delegates and to support whoever emerges as the eventual winner“, he noted.

NDC race: Mahama will not contest – Flagbearer aspirant

Flagbearer aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Elikplim Agbamava has categorically stated that ex President John Mahama will not run in the party’s Flagbearer contest.

The NDC Members of Parliament are divided over reported endorsement of the candidature of former President John Mahama by some of its members ahead of the party’s primaries to elect a Flagbearer.

Reports are rife that forms had been sent around in Parliament urging NDC MPs to sign as endorsement of Mr Mahama’s 2020 candidature.

The likes of the MP for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza claimed Minority MPs have had several meetings with the former President and assured him of their support of his candidature should he contest.

“We have met him and encouraged him just as other people have encouraged other people including the Second Deputy Speaker, we’re galvanizing our own resources, raising funds by ourselves to support ex President Mahama if he contests.”

However his colleague MP from the Volta Region, Richard Quashigah has said a lot of MPs were coerced into signing the endorsement document.

Speaking to host Kwaku Owusu Agyei aka Patoo on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa FM, the 41 year old Lawyer Elikplim Agbamava stated that he’s reliably informed that the Mr Mahama is not interested in leading the NDC into the 2020 election, adding that the numerous ongoing lobbying for the Ex President’s comeback is an exercise in futility.

“I’m focusing on my campaign, I don’t worry my head over J.M I know he’ll not contest…he’s not going so I don’t spend much time thinking about him. I know that for a fact that he’s not going to contest, all the lobbying going on by the NDC MPs and others within the party will come to naught.”

 

Stop the dirty campaign; I never endorsed Mahama – Naabu fights back

Aggrieved NDC MP for Yunyoo, Joseph Bipoba Naabu has warned his colleague NDC Members of Parliament campaigning for former President Mahama to stop peddling false reports about he endorsing the former leader.

“I never signed any paper to say that I’m supporting former President Mahama; Its just a lie. I was surprised when I saw it last night on one of the social media platforms that MP for Yunyoo was deceived to sign. I’m too intelligent and I’m too smart to sign a paper without looking at it,” he told Kasapa 102.5 FM.

Explaining the issue on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM, Mr Bipoba Naabu said six of his colleagues in parliament including John Jinapor, Tanko, Shaibu and Teye-Larbi among others beseeched him outside the Chamber to lobby him to endorse former President Mahama as the Flagbearer in the 2020 campaign, which he declined to so.

“I simply told them, do you have ice block in your ears? don’t you know that I’m supporting Hon. Babgin and why do you bring this paper for me to sign? So I never signed,” he told host Kwaku Owusu Adjei.

He accused the followers of Mahama of fraudulently smuggling an attendance sheet to check absenteeism in Parliament, which normally comes in a plain sheet of paper to capture the signatures of the NDC MPs which they’d filed to deceive the public as an endorsement by these MPs.

To him, the dishonesty and dirty campaigns will cost Mahama in the internal polls.

The Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament are divided over reported endorsement of the candidature of former President John Mahama by some of its members ahead of the party’s primaries to elect a Flagbearer.
Reports are rife that forms had been sent around in Parliament urging NDC MPs to sign as endorsement of Mr Mahama’s 2020 candidature.

The likes of the MP for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza claimed Minority MPs have had several meetings with the former President and assured him of their support of his candidature should he contest.

“We have met him and encouraged him just as other people have encouraged other people including the Second Deputy Speaker, we’re galvanizing our own resources, raising funds by ourselves to support ex President Mahama if he contests.”

However his colleague MP from the Volta Region, Richard Quashigah has said a lot of MPs were coerced into signing the endorsement document.

I’ve not dumped Mahama for Bagbin – Debrah

A former chief of staff Mr. Julius Debrah has dismissed reports that he has thrown his weight behind Mr Alban Bagbin to become the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Flag bearer for the 2020 general elections.

There are reports on some websites that Mr. Debrah who’s a confidant of ex President Mahama has now ditched him and is backing the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament in the upcoming context.

But Mr. Debrah in a statement described the reports as untrue and must be disregarded by the public.

 

Read the full text of his reaction below;

Re- Julius Debrah dumbs Mahama for Bagbin

My attention has been drawn to news reports of my supposed endorsement of Mr. Alban Bagbin to lead our great party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Let me state emphatically that, I, Julius Debrah, have at no time, either privately or publicly made any statements to suggest my support or endorsement of Mr. Bagbin.

It is unfortunate that a last-minute request by Mr. Bagbin after the one-week commemoration of my late mother to visit will be deliberately twisted for seeming political gain. He was warmly received just like all other dignitaries who came to mourn with my family.

The news reports are false, and I wish to humbly urge all members and well-wishers of the NDC who have called expressing concern and surprise to kindly ignore the said reports.

Julius Debrah, Former Chief of Staff

Dome, Accra

Monday July 30, 2018.

Free SHS: It’s not too late to dialogue – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has insisted government should consider a “comprehensive national consultation” that will forge a dialogue on its Free SHS education policy and how best it could be implemented.

As the NPP government’s Free SHS policy reels under pressure due to an increase in the enrolment numbers, the Akufo-Addo-led administration is bent on introducing “a double tracking system” from September 2018 to ease the pressure at Second Cycle level.

According to government, the double tracking system in Senior High Schools will accommodate the surge in students’ population following the introduction of free SHS.

Based on last year’s enrollment, the government has projected enrollment figures for 2018 to stand at 472,730 against available seats of 290, 737 leaving a gap of 181, 993 to be created in order to accommodate the expected number of enrollment.

The double tracking system, according to the Ministry of Education will offer students more instructional and contact hours with teachers.

But former President Mahama says education at the secondary level will tumble should government be allowed to go ahead with its intended double tracking system.

In a tweet, he said: “Introducing shift system for SHS? It doesn’t help to continue to implement this all important free SHS programme on an ad hoc basis. It’s not too late to hold a comprehensive national consultation to forge a consensus on a sustainable framework for its implementation,” Mahama tweeted on Wednesday, 25 July 2018.

Mahama’s comment on Blay’s 275 buses needless – Baako

Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has chided President Mahama over his comment on the 275 buses purchased by the Acting National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Freddy Blay.

Former President John Mahama has scoffed at the ruling New Patriotic Party over the supposed funding for the 275 buses purchased by the party’s aspiring chairman Freddie Blay.

Mr Blay as part of his campaign for the chairmanship position of the party promised to purchase the buses for distribution to the various constituencies across the country. The buses that are believed to cost over $11 million dollars are reportedly funded by Merchant bank.

The vehicles which arrived three days to the NPP national delegates’ congress scheduled for Koforidua in the Eastern has become topical as many have accused Mr. Blay of vote buying.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Mahama wondered how a bank the NPP in opposition, claimed was bought by his brother Ibrahim Mahama, could now be financing such a deal by their acting chairman.

“$11.4 million Freddie Blay buses ahead of NPP election financed by Universal Merchant Bank? I thought Merchant Bank was sold to my brother, Ibrahim? So Ibrahim Mahama’s bank financed the 275 buses for Blay & NPP? LOL!,” Mahama wrote on twitter Friday night.

But speaking on Joy FM’s News File show Saturday, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako stated that ex President Mahama with his stature didn’t need to have descend low engaging in such petty politics.

“…This post is from President Mahama?… this is needless. I don’t think President Mahama should get into these things, this is below him. It is not President Mahama who should react to this. I’m not sure President Mahama should be the right person to comment on this, that’s my view. I’m surprised, I expect John[Jinapor] to do that, not he himself doing it.” 

$13m diversion claim: Mahama not beyond probe – John Boadu

The acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) John Boadu, has said the petition by some four individuals to have former President John Mahama probed  in an alleged diversion of $13 million of E.O. Group funds meant for the development of the Western Region must be given hearing despite the absurdity of the case.

Although  its unusual, according to the Acting General Scribe of the NPP  for anyone to petition the special prosecutor against such a high office, he also admit the democratic right of every person who has any issue to petition the appropriate bodies to seek redress or clarification must be supported.

“…They have the right, we as a democratic party we will defend their right for petitioning on the matter” Boadu told Accra based Okay FM.

About a week ago some four valiant Ghanaians petitioned the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu to probe into the alleged E.O. Group’s $13 million corporate social responsibility fund towards the development of the Western Region which the petitioners are claiming to have been diverted by Ex-President Mahama.

The four: Emmanuel Owusu, Eric Dumenu Akatsi, Peprah Kyei Baffour and Dawda Eric, In the petition, dated 18 June 2018, said: “We submit before your office, this petition to invoke section 3(1)(b) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act,2017(Act 959) to have former President John Dramani investigated for alleged diversion of $13m meant for the development of Western Region from the E.O. group of company as part of their corporate social responsibilities.

Subsequently, former President John Mahama has denied claims that he diverted $13 million of E.O. Group funds meant for the development of the Western Region while he was vice-president.

But speaking on Accra based Okay Fm, the aspiring general secretary said the issue might turn out not to be any serious matter in the course of the probe that’ll be launched into the case, however it is just right that everyone who has been accused of anything must face the full rigours of the law, no matter the person’s position.

“Even me the issues the young men have presented to the special prosecutor, I don’t understand, but the matter now rests with the special prosecutor to make a determination as to whether the four young men have a case or not.

By: Alexander Semordzi

 

 

 

Mahama’s incorruptibility claim “biggest joke of the century” – NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has described claims by aide to former President John Mahama that he’s incorruptible as the “biggest joke of the century.”

The ex President has been accused of diverting $13 million of E.O. Group funds meant for the development of the Western region. But he has rubbished those allegations.

A statement issued by aide Joyce Bawah Mogtari said the allegation “is another orchestrated but failed attempt by the NPP Government to divert attention from the numerous corruption scandals suffocating it”.

The statement further said: “Former President Mahama, unlike President Nana Akufo-Addo, is incorruptible. He, therefore, welcomes the said petition and expects the Special Prosecutor who the petitioners claim is the originator and source of the false and dubious claims, to expeditiously commence its work”.

But the NPP in response stated that it is utterly shocked at these claims being made by the Former President, who for all intents and purposes, ought to have risen above such pettiness and recklessness, having had the rare opportunity to occupy the highest political office in the country.

The statement noted that “On their second claim about Mahama, rather than Akufo-Addo, being incorruptible, we find this as perhaps, the biggest joke of the century that will see every Ghanaian laughing. Need we remind them of how synonymous the name, John Mahama had become with corruption? Need we remind them that John Mahama superintended over the worst corrupt regime in the history of this country, where on daily basis, Ghanaians were greeted with one form of corruption scandal or another?”

“Need we remind them of the GYEEDAs, the SADAs, the SUBAs, the Amajaros, the Smarttys, the Brazil World Cup scandals, the Woyomes, the Isofotons, the Watervilles, the Fortives, the Kanazoes [where Mahama accepted a “bride” of a Ford Expedition from a Burkinabe contractor]? Need we remind John Mahama of the uncountable corruption scandals, most of which he personally supervised during his tenure? Need we remind John Mahama that one of the reasons for his unprecedented electoral humiliation at the 2016 polls was because of his personal involvement in a lot of these corruption scandals?

“It is pretty obvious from the foregoing that, Joyce Bawah Mogtari only sought to ridicule Former President Mahama by suggesting in the statement that he is incorruptible. How can somebody who eats and drinks corruption be said to be incorruptible? Certainly, this, cannot even be told the marines. We encourage the Office of the Former President to rather respond directly to the serious allegations made against him in the said petition and not engage in these red-herrings and unprovoked attacks,” the Acting General Secretary of the NPP John Boadu said.

Below is the full statement:

Press Release

NPP REPLIES FORMER PRESIDENT JOHN MAHAMA OVER HIS CLAIM OF INCORRUPTIBILITY AND UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON THE PERSON OF HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

The attention of the NPP has been drawn to a statement purportedly emanating from the Office of Former President John Mahama and said to be a response to a petition filed by some four citizens of Ghana at the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the Former President for alleged diversion of $13 million meant for the development of the Western Region by the E.O group of company as part of their corporate social responsibilities.

In the former President’s response to this petition, as contained in a Press Statement signed by his Special Aide, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, it was claimed that, “the said petition is another orchestrated but failed attempt by the NPP government to divert attention from the numerous corruption scandals suffocating it”. Their Statement further alleges that, “Former President John Mahama, unlike President Nana Akufo-Addo, is incorruptible”.

The NPP is utterly shocked at these claims being made by the Former President, who for all intents and purposes, ought to have risen above such pettiness and recklessness, having had the rare opportunity to occupy the highest political office in the country. Even though the party would ordinarily not respond to such pettiness, we are nonetheless minded to do so because of the reverence we accord the office of a Former President.

First of all, the party has absolutely no knowledge about the said petition nor has it instructed anyone to file same on its behalf. But, as a party that believes in good governance and holds unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption, we would, on any day, encourage citizens to, in exercise of their civic rights, report cases of wrongdoing and alleged corruption to the appropriate statutory bodies for proper investigations. This is what President Akufo-Addo and the NPP have always stood for and we have no apologies.

On their second claim about Mahama, rather than Akufo-Addo, being incorruptible, we find this as perhaps, the biggest joke of the century that will see every Ghanaian laughing. Need we remind them of how synonymous the name, John Mahama had become with corruption? Need we remind them that John Mahama superintended over the worst corrupt regime in the history of this country, where on daily basis, Ghanaians were greeted with one form of corruption scandal or another?

Need we remind them of the GYEEDAs, the SADAs, the SUBAs, the Amajaros, the Smarttys, the Brazil World Cup scandals, the Woyomes, the Isofotons, the Watervilles, the Fortives, the Kanazoes [where Mahama accepted a “bride” of a Ford Expedition from a Burkinabe contractor]? Need we remind John Mahama of the uncountable corruption scandals, most of which he personally supervised during his tenure? Need we remind John Mahama that one of the reasons for his unprecedented electoral humiliation at the 2016 polls was because of his personal involvement in a lot of these corruption scandals?

It is pretty obvious from the foregoing that, Joyce Bawah Mogtari only sought to ridicule Former President Mahama by suggesting in the statement that he is incorruptible. How can somebody who eats and drinks corruption be said to be incorruptible? Certainly, this, cannot even be told the marines. We encourage the Office of the Former President to rather respond directly to the serious allegations made against him in the said petition and not engage in these red-herrings and unprovoked attacks.

President Akufo-Addo, on the other hand, has, all his life, both in private and in public service, never been accused or alleged to have been involved in any act of corruption. He is by far, the only politician in our recent history to have boldly said that, “I, Nana Akufo-Addo, am not corrupt; I have never been corrupt and I shall demand same of all my appointees”.

And indeed, for all the corruption allegations levelled against his appointees by surrogates of the NDC, President Akufo-Addo had ensured that they were all thoroughly investigated notwithstanding their frivolity.

That is a mark of an incorruptible leader which we never saw in John Mahama, who would rather offer promotion to such appointees to reassigning them to the Office of the President to help advance their corrupt enterprises. Ghana has certainly moved on and we cannot afford to go through the corrupt Mahama experience any more.

Forward, we move.

Thank you.

…Signed…

JOHN BOADU

General Secretary (Ag)

$13m diversion claim: Mahama incorruptible unlike Akufo-Addo – Mogtari

Former President John Mahama has described as “false and dubious” claims that he diverted $13 million of E.O. Group funds meant for the development of the Western Region while he was Vice-President.

“Former President Mahama, unlike President Nana Akufo-Addo, is incorruptible, a statement issued by Mr Mahama’s Special Aide, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, said.

This is in response to a petition filed by four private Ghanaian citizens at the Office of the Special Prosecutor, demanding that Mr Martin Amidu investigate Mr Mahama over the matter.

The four: Emmanuel Owusu, Eric Dumenu Akatsi, Peprah Kyei Baffour and Dawda Eric, in a petition, dated 18 June 2018 said: “We submit before your office, this petition to invoke section 3(1)(b) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act,2017(Act 959) to have former President John Dramani investigated for alleged diversion of $13m meant for the development of Western Region from the E.O. group of company as part of their corporate social responsibilities.

“The said article alleged that former President John Dramani diverted $13m to private pockets when he served as Vice-President.”

It added: “We do consider the allegation against him as criminal and for that matter, we humbly beseech your office to have this matter investigated to get those monies retrieved back to the public purse. It is our conviction that, the issue be considered in the interest of the Republic of Ghana.”

But the office of the former President in its statement said the allegations against the former leader is groundless, insisting that to suggest a President can divert funds from a private company in the circumstances described is absurd.

According to the statement, “It actually makes a mockery of the Special Prosecutor that the surrogates of the NPP will cite as their evidence, an article they say was written by him. This is a man who during his public vetting before parliament said the allegations he made against various people over the years, were based on perception.

The statement further added that Mr Mahama “welcomes the said petition and expects the Special Prosecutor, who the petitioners claim is the originator and source of the false and dubious claims, to expeditiously commence its work”.