Mahama failed to reward loyalty; let’s drop him – Bagbin to delegates

The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has appealed to delegates of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) not to give another chance to former President of the Republic, John Dramani Mahama, to lead the party into the 2020 general elections.

To him, having assessed the performance of the former Ghanaian leader, he can only conclude that he contributed greatly to the defeat of the party in the 2016 elections and therefore does not deserve to lead the umbrella family for a third time.

Per his assessment, he said the former President failed to reward loyalty which therefore gave room for apathy to set in, a situation, he noted, was the root cause of the NDC’s abysmal performance in the last general elections.

Addressing the Chiefs and Elders of Nkwanta in the Volta Region on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Hon. Bagbin who is also the Member of Parliament for Nadowli/Kaleo said in any human institution, a leader could only get the best from his people if he recognizes and rewards those who have sacrificed their all to make that institution a success.

We used to have a lot of the youth with NDC. Today, the youth are leaving and join NPP and other parties. In Volta Region, the world bank of the NDC where we used to harvest the votes; 2016 they showed us the red card. Something is wrong that is why they did that. Not because they don’t like NDC but something went wrong so they showed us the red card. We used to get over 85% turnouts and voting for the NDC. The last election we got about 62%. Something is wrong. And so when I say we must change I am not talking about only changing the leader John Dramani Mahama but I am also talking about the way we do things as a party”, he said.

He added “Now, the people that are with me who are supporting me and who believe in me, and believe in the things that I said I am going to do – when I get that power, it is those people that I have to use to do what we promised the people. When you get into power and decide to leave them, and then go and bring some other people that have not worked with you; that do not believe in you; that do not know your policies to work with; you will definitely have problems. So, father for all is good but don’t forget that you have a wife and children and so if you can’t even take care of your wife and children, how can you take care of all of them? We have a problem that we have to look into it. It is very important – that you will see that the people who are committed to the NDC they are leaving one by one. Even our first mother, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has to go and form another party. We don’t see anything wrong with it? The Founding Father, Jerry John Rawlings is now criticizing us. We need to sit up and go into these issues because politics is about numbers and we need all the numbers. When you look at our cadres – when you look at our founding fathers – how have we taken care of them?” he quizzed.

He said his concerns have never changed since he used to express them the way he was doing when the NDC was in government but did not get any results because those in authority didn’t see the need to change their ways.

The results of turning a deaf ear to all those concerns raised by him and some other party functionaries, the Nadowli/Kaleo lawmaker noted, was the woeful defeat the NDC suffered at the hands of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 general elections.

In the 2016 Presidential elections, the NDC then led by President John Dramani Mahama polled 4,713,277 votes against 5,716,026 votes that was garnered by then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Kwesi Botchwey C’ttee report not credible – Volta Chief

The Chief of Ho-Dome, Torgbui Adzinakle Howusu VII, has questioned the credibility of the Dr. Kwesi Botchwey report wondering if it indeed captured all the issues that led to the defeat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 general elections.

According to the traditional ruler, he found it so strange why Dr. Kwesi Botchwey-led Committee that was mandated to go round the country and investigate what led to the NDC’s defeat in the 2016 general elections went to the very people who created the problems and left behind those who really matter in the scheme of the umbrella family and have been on the grounds for years.

“I was asking some people that the NDC set up a Committee to go round the country to find out what happened – what was the problem. Surprisingly, they came to meet the same people who created the problem. What do you expect? They came to meet their executives and party leaders in the region and the country at large. What do you expect them to tell you? At least they should have consulted both executives and those outside. We are on the grounds. If they had met some of us we would have told them what went wrong”, he noted.

Torgbui Howusu VII made this observation, Thursday, in his welcome address when the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin who has declared his intention to contest for the vacant flagbearer position of the NDC paid a courtesy call on him together with some other Chiefs and asked for their blessings.

His comments were provoked by a brief by Hon. Bagbin who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli/Kaleo.

Neglect of traditional rulers

The longest serving lawmaker in the country had stressed the neglect of traditional rulers and opinion leaders in the local governance system of the country and how he intends to reform that institution when given the mandate to govern the country.

What was more intriguing in his submission was the failure of the NDC government that was led by the former President, John Dramani Mahama to recognize those who sacrificed all their lives to ensure the party’s victory in both 2008 and 2012 general elections.

The neglect of such party faithful, he noted, was the root cause of the umbrella family’s woeful defeat in the 2016 general elections.

The NDC then led by President John Dramani Mahama polled 4,713,277 votes against 5,716,026 votes that was garnered by then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Dwindling fortunes of NDC

Torgbui Howusu VII commenting further said it pains him to see the fortunes of the NDC dwindling, stressing that if care is not taken, the Volta Region which used to be the world bank of the umbrella family will become “rural bank”.

He said once the forum was not meant to discuss what led to the NDC’s defeat in the 2016 elections, he could only hold his brief at least for now, and wait for another day when Hon. Bagbin calls on him again.

“This is not a forum to discuss this issue but if you really want to know what went wrong, please contact those on the grounds and they will tell you. We like our mothers; we sit down for all our children to suck our breast. So, from the other side we know what is happening. People tell us. Maybe, they may not all be useful to you but it will help you to get some ideas from what has happened”, he posited.

He went ahead to bless Hon. Bagbin and prayed to God to continue to guide his path as he seeks to lead the NDC into elections 2020.

Akufo-Addo chases gov’t vehicles sold to solders under Mahama

The Seat of Government, Jubilee House, has began an exercise to retrieve all government vehicles sold to solders or Service Personnel who served in various capacities at the Presidency during the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Administration which was headed by His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama.

They have in effect, served notice to all Service Personnel through the Chief of Defense Staff that benefitted from the sale of the government vehicles at the instance of then Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, to surrender the vehicles to the Military High Command for same to be returned to the Presidency on or before September 7, 2018.

The notice dated August 6, 2018, further directed that all documents relating to the sale/purchase of the vehicle should be provided to enable refund to be effected.

The move, kasapafmonline.com understands, was spurred by the fact that the said vehicles are on the list of vehicles that was handed over to the incoming NPP Administration led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2018.

Below is the notice and list of Service Personnel who bought the government vehicles:

NDC Race: Let’s all support Bagbin; he’s a good man – Nkwanta Chiefs

The Chiefs and Opinion Leaders in Nkwanta in the Volta Region who have followed the activities of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) since its inception have appealed to the rank and file of the party to fully support the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, to win the vacant flagbearer position of the umbrella family.

To them, Hon. Bagbin’s continuous stay in Parliament for the past twenty-five (25) years is an indication that he is a very good man and has been doing things right the way his constituents want them to be.

They believe that an extension of the people’s mandate across the length and breadth of the country, especially, the kingmakers of the NDC, will enable the Nadowli/Kaleo lawmaker to lead and win power for the NDC in the 2020 general elections.

“We have monitored with keen interest the activities of Hon. Bagbin and we can only conclude that he is a very good man.  If he is not a good man, his constituents would have voted him out of office long ago. His continuous stay in office as the NDC MP for Nadowli/Kaleo is a true indication that he is a very good man and loved by all. We the chiefs and elders of Nkwanta know him very well and will follow and support him to achieve all that he wants. I will therefore appeal to you all, to also support him”, one of the Chiefs of Nkwanta remarked while welcoming Hon. Bagbin to the area.

Another Chief of the area who also spoke appealed to Hon. Bagbin to help develop Nkwanta since the people of the area have been neglected for far too long by successive governments.

Hon. Bagbin who had declared his intention to contest the vacant flagbearer position of the NDC stormed the Volta Region on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, to begin his campaign with Nkwanta being his first destination.

Addressing the chiefs and people of Nkwanta, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament urged the people to critically examine what has gone wrong that has led to the party losing votes in the Volta Region and proffer a solution to it.

To him, there is something wrong that needed to be corrected, stressing that it is not good to work with somebody for years and later dump that person for another person who doesn’t even believe in your policies.

Rewarding loyalty, he noted, should be the best way forward.

Official: Bagbin joins NDC flagbearer race; promises campaign devoid of personal attacks

The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Albany Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has finally written to the leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to declare his intention to contest for the vacant flagbearer position of the party.

In his letter dated August 13, 2018, addressed to the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the Nadowli/Kaleo MP said he took the decision to the contest for the vacant flagbearer position after assessing himself well and consulting widely on the subject matter.

“I have taken this decision after serious introspection and wide consultation with the Elders, Executives and rank and file of the party”, he noted.

The longest serving MP then went on to assure the party of a campaign devoid of insults and personal attacks.

However, he promised that his campaign team will share the right information with members and followers of the part to enable them make to make the right decision towards restoring the lost glory of the umbrella family.

” Be also assured that the supreme interest of the party will be the uppermost in all we do”, he further assured.

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: Bagbin writes to declare intent today; proceeds to V/R to begin campaign

The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Albany Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, will on Monday, August 13, 2018, present a letter to the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to officially declare his intention to contest the flagbearer position of the party, kasapafmonline.com understands.

His entry into the race will bring to nine the number of aspirants who have written to officially declare their intention to contest the flagbearership position in an election scheduled to take place on December 7, 2018 at a yet to be decided location.

Hon. Bagbin who is also the lawmaker for Nadowli/Kaleo and longest serving MP will therefore be locking horns with the likes of Mr. Sylvester Mensah, Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, Prof. Joshua Alabi, Stephen Abubiga (the poor boy from Binduri), Hon. Kweku Ricketts-Hagan and Elikplim Agbemava amongst others.

The letter of intent was occasioned by a directive from the leadership of the party who argues that it will enable them to monitor closely the campaign activities of all the aspirants.

Hon. Bagbin, according to a source closer to him, will immediately proceed to the Volta Region where he is expected to commence his campaign after submitting his letter of intent.

His tour to the strong hold of the NDC, the source further hinted, will be led by former Members of Parliament (MPs) in the region.

NDC flagbearership race: Ricketts-Hagan writes to officially declare intent to contest

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Cape Coast South, Kweku G. Ricketts-Hagan, has written a letter to the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to officially declare his intent of contesting the party flagbearership race.

The letter dated Friday, August 10, 2018, a copy of which has been sighted by Kasapafmonline.com in part read “It is with great humility that I write to officially confirm that I will be candidate in the upcoming NDC flagbearership race to elect a presidential candidate for the election of 2020″.

The Cape Coast South lawmaker’s letter brings to eight (8) the number of people who have officially declared their intent to contest the party’s flagbearership race scheduled for December 7, 2018 at a yet be announced venue.

Some of the party faithful who have officially written to declare their intent to contest the flagbearership race are Prof. Joshua Alabi, Sylvester Mensah, Stephen Atubiga, and Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah amongst others.

Ricketts-Hagan commenting further said he was particularly grateful to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party for having declared the campaign for the flagbearership race, noting that the gesture now gives him the opportunity to proceed to officially launch his campaign to enable him take his case to the party members dotted across the length and breadth of the country.

” As I go round, I hope to share a new vision, a new start and a new direction anchored on our principles and values accountability, probity, social justice and transparency that will give us a realistic chance of winning back powers in 2020″, the letter in part further read.

He is very confident that the NDC if well strengthened and invigorated to reflect the moderns aspirations of her people, will continue to remain relevant to Ghanaians “because it is naturally the only political party in Ghana that can genuinely develop the resource nature has endowed us with, sustainably by making use of full mobilization of talents and energies of our people, to get us out of poverty, improve the living conditions of out people, and hold a better prospect for our future”.

Mr. Ricketts-Hagan assured of conducting a decent campaign devoid of any negatives and abide by the party’s rule of engagement in conducting the presidential primaries.

NDC Race: Writing to declare intent purely administrative – Asiedu Nketia

The former President of the Republic, John Dramani Mahama and the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin are yet to write to the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to officially declare their intent of contesting the party’s flagbearership race.

General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia who disclosed this to Akwasi Nsiah on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM, Friday, said though the confirmation of intent to contest the flagbearership race has been communicated to all party faithful, there is no law backing it.

The decision by the party, he noted, is purely administrative.

He said so far seven aspirants have written to officially declare the intention to contest the flagbearership race which is scheduled to take place on December 7, 2018 at a yet to decided location.

Among those who have declared their intent to contest the flagbearership race include Sylvester Mensah, Stephen Atubiga (the poor boy from Binduri), Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah and Prof. Joshua Alabi.

Mr. Nketiah popularly known in the political circles as ‘General Mosquito’ recently gave an update of the party’s preparation towards its internal elections and admonished all who who will be aspiring to contest the flagbearership race to officially write to his office to declare their intent.

He also gave timelines as to how the elections would be held and cautioned all aspiring candidates to be moderate in their spending power.

Explaining the rationale behind the caution, Mr. Nketiah said times are hard and would therefore be wise for the aspiring candidates to spend widely on their campaigns.

“Wholesale advertisement is more suitable for national contest. So the wise application of resources will be in the candidates own interest”, he noted.

NDC race: I have made NDC so attractive – Atubiga

A Flagbearer hopeful of the main opposition NDC, Stephen Atubiga has claimed that he has made the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) the most attractive party in the country now.

He explained the party(NDC) which became very unpopular before and after the 2016 elections is getting its fate restored again and stands a high chance of winning the next polls following his inclusion in the Presidential mix within the NDC.

“If you look at the party, I am the best choice right now. I have made NDC so attractive,” he said.

Stephen Atubiga, has written to officially inform the leadership of the umbrella family of his intent to contest for the flagbearer position of the party.

Atubiga who has declared his intention to join the party`s (NDC) flagbearership race believes he is the right candidate the party needs to wrestle power from the ruling NPP government.

Already seven candidates are said to have declared their intention to contest, as directed by the party. Among the seven includes former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah and former Vice Chancellor of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi, as well as former Trades Minister, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah.

Mr. Atubiga said, given the chance, he would make former President John Mahama his running mate and other big wigs such as Prof. Alabi his special advisor.

“If I had the opportunity if the constitution allowed and the party structures allowed me, I would not mind making his Excellency John Dramani Mahama my running mate. Prof. Alabi will be a very good Special Advisor to me. Sylvester Mensah will be a very fine Foreign Affairs Minister. Bagbin who is my big brother, I’ve gotten close to him, he will be a very good speaker under my leadership and he will get to taste the presidency when myself and my vice have traveled.” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

Former President Mahama is expected to declare his intention to the party delegates ahead of the party’s presidential election.

Meanwhile, some party stalwarts, including Ambassador Victor Gbeho and former North Tongu legislator, Kenneth Dzirasah have thrown their weight behind the candidature of Prof. Joshua Alabi.

By: Alex semordzi