Debate for NDC national executive aspirants starts on Wednesday, October 17

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The Centre for Social Democracy (CSD-Ghana) in partnership with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is to organize pre-election candidate debates for aspirants in the upcoming NDC National Executive Elections.

The novelty, which starts on Wednesday, October 17, seeks to promote a healthy competition among aspirants to explicitly explain their idea to delegates and also engender internal democracy within the NDC.

The members of the Debate Advisory Board are Mr Lee Ocran, Professor Jane-Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Dr Benjamin Kumbuor, Dr. Michael Kpessah-Whyte, and Dr. Zenator Rawlings.

Speaking at the launch of the debate in Accra on Monday, Mr Michael Nii Abbey, Programmes Coordinator at FES Ghana, said the debate sought to test the leadership capabilities of contestants and their ability to hold their own against one another and communicate coherent ideas in connection with the thematic issues.

He noted that it would test the candidate’s composure under pressure and ability to articulate their thoughts, to the rank and file of the Party

Mr Abbey said the debate, would test the ability of candidates on characteristics including meanness of spirit, ability to listen, willingness to improvise, humour and goodwill.

“The debate will not place a premium on articulateness. This is because not all well-spoken candidates, who could speak most clearly and most quickly, think more clearly,” he said.

“There are many people who think clearly but speak slowly while acting quickly; this debate is equally interested in such candidates. It seeks to unravel the ability of candidates to withstand the challenges of the position they are seeking.”

Touching on the partnership, he stated that participation in the debate would be strictly by invitation and that the Debate Technical Committee of CSD would work out the modalities for the debate and would be validated by the Debate Advisory Board.

He said to reach many people the debate would be widely publicized via radio, televised and streamed live on Facebook.

Mr Abbey recalled that globally, pre-election candidate debates were becoming an integral part of democracy and that over sixty countries across the world had developed a debate tradition.

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2020 Elections will be warfare – Fmr. Dep. Chief of Staff

A former deputy Chief of Staff John Osei Kofi says the 2020 elections will be warfare between the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the ruling New Patriotic Party.

According to him, the NDC will not allow itself to be intimidated by vigilante groups associated with the ruling party again.

“The empowered NPP vigilante group Delta  and Invisible forces in Ashanti also have brothers and family members who also belong to the NDC, so what is going to happen is that the NPP and NDC guys will like to protect themselves therefore there will be blue on blue, a military term which means brother on brother because of political interest,’’ he noted.

He said although such an action might threaten the security of the state, it is necessary for fairness in the polls.

“The national security has already been threatened  long ago by the NPP even when the NDC was in government, so as for national security it’s under serious threat, but one thing they have to know is that, in modern warfare  conflict, there’s no winner and everybody will face the pinch, hurt and people from both side will die .

“So am telling you it not necessary to entertain the Delta forces, the invisible forces and so on, the NDC could also put out forces”.

Meanwhile, former President John Dramani Mahama has described the 2020 general elections as a final match between him and familiar political rival, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Referring to the 2012 polls as “a title fight” and the 2016 elections as “a rematch”, Mahama called the 2020 polls “a decider” and predicted the tiebreaker would return him to the helm of government.

Mahama won in 2012 as a first-timer on the ticket of then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), securing a 5,574,761 votes that represented 50.7%. Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s main opposition leader at the time and presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), got 5,248,898, representing 47.7%.

“They say, ‘Why are you bringing your former president? NDC, don’t you have people?’ And we say you, too, didn’t you have people? In 2008, you brought somebody. Professor Mills defeated him. You should have brought a fresh face.

“You brought him again in 2012. John Mahama defeated him. You should also have brought a fresh face. And you brought him again in 2016 and it’s only at that time he won. So, fine. He was defeated several times; you still brought him. And this is what you call a title fight,” Mahama told NDC delegates and supporters in the Bolgatanga Central Constituency during his just-ended tour of the Upper East region.

Special Prosecutor To Investigate Loan Diversion To Fund NDC Research

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Martin Amidu, Special Prosecutor

The Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has requested for further evidence after Joy News investigations revealed loans were diverted to fund political research.

His office is likely to open preliminary investigations into the issue after studying the evidence to be supplied by Joy News in the next 24 hours.

JOYNEWS. Our investigations uncovered how part of a 175 million dollar loan contracted to build seven hospitals in Ghana was diverted into the research.

The research details a discreet work on political and health survey by UK-based SCL Social, the mother company of Cambridge Analytica (CA).

CA, a data analytics firm used personal information harvested from more than 50 million Facebook profiles without permission to build a system that could target US voters with personalised political advertisements based on their psychological profile

But in Ghana, its other company SCL Social was contracted by the Health ministry under the Mahama administration to ‘test the attitudes and perceptions of the population towards contemporary issues faced in Ghana…’

The company was paid six million dollars for its a sub-contracted work under a 175 million dollar project awarded to British infrastructure company NMS for the construction of seven district hospitals and an integrated IT system.

The exact wording of the contract: “The work consists of two discrete political and public health elements”.

Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, who was an administrator of the Mahama campaign team admitted knowing SCL Social and confirmed crucial campaign intelligence was gathered through a research.

But he has declined comment about whether the work done by SCL Social is the same research presented to the NDC.

He has said the work was disregarded by the party. But the Special Prosecutor has signalled it is not ready to disregard the story anytime soon.

Martin Amidu wants to run investigations into the use of public funds for partisan ends.

-Myjoyonline

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NDC responds to $175 million diversion allegation – Otukunor fires

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Peter Otukunor

Deputy Director of Research at the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter Boamah Otukunor, has described as false, claims that the Mahama-led administration used part of the $175 million-loan meant to build hospitals to conduct a election-related research.

He explained that all research conducted by the party under the period being referred to was funded by the party.

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A Joy News investigation has revealed that the Ministry of Health in 2012, diverted part of a government loan facility into researching the then governing party’s popularity and chances of winning the 2016 general elections.

The research was a sub-contract under a 175 million dollar project awarded to British infrastructure company NMS for the construction of seven district hospitals and an integrated IT system.

The research was conducted by UK-based SCL Social, the mother company of Cambridge Analytica.

But the Deputy Minister of Health at the time of time the research was conducted, Rojo Mettle Nunoo, who was an administrator of the party’s campaign team said the report is “baseless and misleading”.

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Even though he admits knowing SCL Social and confirmed crucial campaign intelligence was gathered through a research, he insists it was not meant to test former President Mahama’s popularity.

In support, Peter Boamah Otokunor on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem Tuesday said he was not surprised the NDC is being unfairly implicated.

He alleged that it is part of a ploy by the Akufo-Addo-led government to divert attention from the deteriorating socio-economic conditions in the country.

The NDC deputy Research Director said they will not allow the NPP to use them as a smokescreen to cover up their failures.

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He maintained that “the NDC did not receive any funds from the government to undertake any research”.

Peter Boamah Otokunor said the NDC would marshal all forces to stop the vile propaganda of the NPP.

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Special Prosecutor to investigate loan diverted to fund NDC research

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Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has requested for further evidence after JoyNews investigations revealed loans were diverted to fund political research.

His office is likely to open preliminary investigations into the issue after studying the evidence to be supplied by JoyNews in the next 24 hours.

JoyNews investigations uncovered how part of a 175 million dollar loan contracted to build seven hospitals in Ghana was diverted into the research.

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The research details a discreet work on political and health survey by UK-based SCL Social, the mother company of Cambridge Analytica (CA).

CA, a data analytics firm used personal information harvested from more than 50 million Facebook profiles without permission to build a system that could target US voters with personalised political advertisements based on their psychological profile.

But in Ghana, its other company SCL Social was contracted by the Health Ministry under the Mahama administration to ‘test the attitudes and perceptions of the population towards contemporary issues faced in Ghana…’

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The company was paid six million dollars for its a sub-contracted work under a 175 million dollar project awarded to British infrastructure company NMS for the construction of seven district hospitals and an integrated IT system.

The exact wording of the contract: “The work consists of two discrete political and public health elements”.

Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, who was an administrator of the Mahama campaign team admitted knowing SCL Social and confirmed crucial campaign intelligence was gathered through a research.

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But he has declined comment about whether the work done by SCL Social is the same research presented to the NDC.

He has said the work was disregarded by the party. But the Special Prosecutor has signalled it is not ready to disregard the story anytime soon.

Martin Amidu wants to run investigations into the use of public funds for partisan ends.

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NDC complicit of misappropriation if it used $6m of hospital loan for election research- Ahadzie

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The National Democratic Congress’ Head of Research says if it can be established that the party used part of the $175 million loan meant to build hospitals to conduct an election-related research, then the party may be said to culpable of misappropriation of funds.

A Joy News investigation has revealed that the Ministry of Health under the previous Mahama-led NDC administration diverted part of a government loan facility into researching the then governing party’s chances of winning the 2016 general elections.  

The research was a sub-contract under a 175 million dollar project awarded to British infrastructure company NMS for the construction of seven district hospitals and an integrated IT system. 

The research was conducted by UK-based SCL Social, the mother company of Cambridge Analytica.

SCL Social was paid $6 million to undertake a nationwide survey to provide data for the proper planning of the healthcare needs of Ghana.

According to the contract signed by the government of Ghana and NMS, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo was the head of the Project Steering Committee.

Mr Mettle-Nunoo, who was an administrator of the Mahama campaign team admitted knowing SCL Social and confirmed crucial campaign intelligence was gathered through a research.

He was also the Deputy Health Minister.

Responding to the issues on Joy FM’s Top Story, Dr Ahadzie said although he was aware of the research, he did not know public funds were used in conducting it.

He didn’t think that Mr Mettle-Nunoo would use public funds for a party project but added that if that happened, “clearly that would be a misappropriation of funds if that was the intention.

“But I doubt If that was the case,” he added.

Dr Ahadzie said when a report on the research was presented to the party by Mr Mettle-Nunoo and his team, his understanding was that as the health issues were being investigated, the team also collected sentiments, attitudes and the general perceptions or respondents which they extracted for the party.

He explained that the research was only conducted as part of an impact assessment study of the health projects undertaken by the Mahama-led administration.

John Mahama

Former president John Mahama

According to him, the party did not interrogate the researchers on how they came by funding for the research but understood that they had raised the funds themselves.

“Our focus was on the findings more than the financing. But it is not surprising it happens sometimes when a major project is going to be done, otherwise then you probably won’t be spot-on on the impact that you want to achieve with a particular project.”

That perhaps is the reason the Mahama-led administration did not make use of any of the findings for the 2016 elections as Mr Mettle-Nonoo has already complained about, Dr Ahadzie said.

“It was not a deliberate policy of government to contract anybody to do that kind of study for political purposes,” he added.

Rojo Mettle-Nunoo’s response

In a response to the Joy News exposé however, Mr Mettle-Nunoo in a statement said the suggestion that government diverted funds from a loan facility on research into the chances of the then NDC government is completely untrue.

Mr Mettle-Nunoo was then Health Minister 

He explained that sometime in 2010, a decision was made to develop seven new district model hospitals at various locations in Ghana to improve access to quality and specialised healthcare.

“The scope of the project included scientific operational health research to inform the choice of location, hospital design and the needed specialised care each facility would provide.  As part of the overall execution of the contract, the main contractor, NMS, had responsibility for selecting a firm to conduct the operational health research.

“The selection and justification of the locations of these hospitals required that they were based on scientific medical data, access and prevalence of certain diseases,” he added.

He continued that 30,000 households were interviewed all over the country and the results gave solid data, upon which to structure the correct healthcare into most needy areas.

This information was expected to drive the best use of Ministry of Health resources by building the right establishments, of the right size, in the right place and giving the right capabilities, he added in the statement.

“The survey drove project architecture of not just the buildings but also content and all the supporting systems. Part of delivering capability was the need to provide not just a fully equipped hospital but also to support the infrastructure during its nascent years.

“Therefore the claim and or suggestion by Joy FM, that the operational health research in question was for political and electioneering purposes and that it was used to assess the chances of President Mahama in the 2016 elections, is baseless and misleading,” the statement concluded.

Meanwhile, the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has written to Joy News calling for all available evidence on the exposé.

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(Audio) Anita Desoso wants NDC to go back to propaganda secretary position

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A National Vice Chairperson for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Anita Desoso says she is unhappy about her party’s decision to change the Propaganda Secretary title to Communications Officer.

According to her, the change has not only affected the party negatively; it has also ruined the face of politics, compared to the propaganda which made communication easier.

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She said propaganda was more of propagating messages and making their identities known to the supporters.

Anita Desoso said the NDC was forced by its opponents, especially the NPP to change the name.

Not even a dictionary definition which points to the “biased” and “misleading” ascriptions to the word “propaganda” as read by the host of the show will change her point of view on the matter.

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The outspoken NDC stalwart was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Monday.

Background

The Ken Dzirasah-led Constitutional Committee of the NDC some years ago successfully steered a wide-ranging constitutional review of the party’s constitution, expanding the highest decision making body of the party from the current less than 4,000 to nearly 250,000.

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Consequently, the highest decision-making body endorsed the changes which include the change of the Propaganda Secretary title to Communication Officers at the national, regional and constituency levels.

But Anita Desoso who is aspiring to become the National Organiser of the party said she will use her talent to mobilize grassroots of the party in order to wrestle power from the governing NPP.

Listen to the sound above for Anita’s interaction with the host of Ekosii Sen, Osei Bonsu.

 

 

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NDC Thugs Beat Organizer In Kumasi

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Saani Mohammed at the  hospital

Sanni Mohammed, Deputy Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Suame Constituency, is currently battling for his life after he was reportedly beaten to pulp by his own party members over the upcoming national primaries of the party.

The NDC Deputy Organizer at Suame Constituency reportedly fell into coma at the Emergency Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).

Saani Mohammed was said to be campaigning for George Opare Addo, aka Pablo, who is vying for the NDC’s National Youth organizer position when the incident occurred.

Yaw Brogya Genfi, a defeated Suame parliamentary aspirant in the last election, is also in the race.

According to reports, a group of NDC members in the constituency, led by one Saafi Samsu, allegedly attacked Saani Mohammed in a brutal fashion.

Samsu subjected Mohammed to severe beatings at the Suame Shell Filling Station around 10:30pm on Thursday until he (Mohammed) fell unconscious.

Mohammed sustained neck injuries and was rushed to the hospital by some Good Samaritans.

Surprisingly, as at yesterday the security agencies had not made any arrest even though the attack occurred barely three days ago.

Meanwhile, George Opare Addo, has vehemently condemned the violent attack on Mohammed.

He alleged that “Samsu is a known supporter of my opponent in the NDC race and so he attacked Mohammed whilst he was campaigning for me at Suame.”

Mr Opare-Addo stated that the NDC abhors violence and wondered why his opponent was trying to adopt weird strategy to humiliate the party.

“I believe politics is not about brawls but a contest of ideas,” the NDC aspirant said in a statement on social media.

Mr. Opare Addo quizzed “so I find it unreasonable, why should a contest to elect a national youth organizer of our party end in people engaging in fisticuffs?”

He called on his supporters at Suame to exercise restraint, adding that he would officially report any violent attack on his supports to the party’s hierarchy if they are attacked again.

From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I defected from NDC to make it stronger – Goozie Tanoh

Flagbearer hopeful of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Goozie Tanoh has said breaking away from the party ahead of the 2000 general election was necessary because the NDC had lost its way.

Addressing some delegates in Hohoe as part of his three day tour of the Volta Region, Goozie Tanoh explained that the Reform Party was a sacrificial lamb for the empowerment of the party’s grassroots and the atonement of their sins.

“If people had sacrificed giving their lives, giving their careers, people who were to go to the universities never went to the university because they were there dedicated to the course and principles of 31st December revolution and working day in and day out. How is it that somebody can say the voice of the masses does not matter and they can dictate to the masses what they do and that’s how come reform rose to consolidate grassroots empowerment and accountability.

“Our plan is to stand up so that NDC will be stronger and firmer by showing the principles that originated its foundation. In life you must stand up for what you believe in even if it means hardship, and we believe in NDC because we were part of NDC’s birth truly we were the midwives. When you have a baby and you love that baby you don’t want that baby to spoil and we didn’t want it to spoil that’s why we rose up.”

Mr. Goosie Tanoh was the leader of the National Reform Party, a breakaway group from the National Democratic Congress between 1999 and 2007 and represented this party in the 2000 presidential election, where he came third with 1.1% of the national vote.

He returned to the National Democratic Congress with his colleagues from the National Reform Party at the behest and upon several appeals made by the late President John Atta Mills in 2007/2008.

Goozie Tanoh will have to compete with the likes of ex President John Mahama, Prof. Joshua Alabi, Ekow Spio Garbrah, Alban Bagbin, among other for the flagbearership slot of the largest opposition party to lead it into the 2020 general elections.

Central Gonja NDC berates gov’t over stalled projects

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The National Democratic Congress Constituency Secretary for the Yapei Kusawgu Constituency Iddi Latif has taken a swipe at the Nana Addo administration for what he described as neglect of the people of Central Gonja.

He said several projects started by the NDC has been abandoned depriving the people of the needed development.

A statement he issued said work on the Jiramorpe, Kusawugu, Jukuku, Chama, Tuluwe and Adape road had stalled a situation which is of great worry to the residents.

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He said foodstuff had been left to rot because farmers were unable to cart their farm produce to the market to sell and subsequently fend for their families.

Mr. Latif also cited the Yala, Kpalagase chokosipe road which he said had been abandoned too.

Another road he said was under construction and had stalled was the Domeabra, Mankpang, Butei, Mpaha, kigbirpe road among other projects he mentioned.

He said the Nana Addo and Bawumia government had clearly shown it is insensitive to the plight of Ghanaians and must be shown the exit gate.

He claimed they had failed woefully to practice what they preached in opposition bringing unprecedented economic hardship on the people of Ghana.

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Mr. Latif questioned what had happened to the one District one factory promise, the one district one warehouse, the $1m per constituency every year among other promises made while they were in opposition.

He accused the NPP government of mismanagement and a government of failed promises.

He said the only party that cares for the people was the NDC and called for the return of the party. Mr. Latif mentioned the Fufulso health centre, Sankpala health center, Jukuku CHIPS compound, Kpasara CHIPS compound, Wambong CHIPS compound as some of the projects done under the NDC.

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He also named a Three unit classroom block with a teachers bungalow at Yapei Amanfo JHS, An Ultramodern Six unit classroom block at Yapei Presby primary A, Three unit classroom block English and Arabic primary school –  Yapei, a three-unit classroom block Yapei-Yipala, six-unit classroom block – Nyantan, Six classroom block – Tosinaape, Six unit classroom – Tamanklan, Six unit classroom block at Jaankura as projects done under the Mahama administration.

Mr Latif also declared his support for candidate John Mahama and called on all delegates to support his bid.

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