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.

Mahama mocks NPP over 1 constituency $1m promise

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Mahama mocks NPP over 1 constituency $1m promise

Former President John Mahama has mocked the New Patriotic Party (NPP) over its promise to make available $1 million per constituency each year.

He told party delegates that the government, after realizing the challenges with fulfilling the promise has revised its plan by announcing that the promised annual $1 million expires at the end of each year if not made available.

Addressing delegates in the Upper East Region, Mahama said he was surprised that the government is now finding creative ways of not fulfilling the ambitious promise.

“…The worse one[promise] is the $1 million, per constituency, per year. Now we are almost two years gone, so $2 million. But we’ve now been told that the money [for 2017 has] expired. Ask Agalga, they called the Minister [of Special initiatives, Hawa Koomson] to Parliament and asked her about last year’s money and she said that one has expired. I know rice, cooking oil, corned beef, sardine, they have expiry date, but I’ve never seen money with expiry date,” Mahama said.

“If we use her logic about 2017 one, then it means that 2018 one, today is October 12, it means that the expiry date for the 2018 one is 31st December 2018. It means that one is also expiring,” he added

This is not the first time John Mahama has launched an attack on an initiative or promise of the current government.

Mahama earlier this week said that there are no signs of the government’s one village, one dam initiative on the ground after almost two years in office.

He said the government was rather providing dugouts for the people, instead of the dams it promised ahead of the 2016 elections.

Addressing delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Wechiau in the Wa West constituency as part of his three-day campaign tour of the Upper West Region, Mr. Mahama pointed out that dugouts had always existed in the savanna area, with the NDC government digging many for the people.

But the Special Initiatives Minister, Hawa Koomson in reaction to that denied the claims saying that the construction meets the requirements for a dam.

” . . that is 2.5 below and 2.5 up above ground level. The length of the embankment range 150 to 250 meters and all these depend on the topography of the location, and water capacity holding is about 30,000 cubic meters and how can you call this man-hole?”, she quizzed.

By: citinewsroom.com/Ghana

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E/R: 50 NPP members defect to NDC, burn Akufo-Addo branded shirts in the street

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About 50 staunch members of the ruling New Patriotic Party in Akyem Asamama in the Atewa West Constituency of the Eastern region have defected to the largest Opposition Party National Democratic Congress, NDC, over what they say is economic hardship and bad governance.

Many of the defectors claim they played various roles including polling station agents while others were instrumental in grass root mobilization for the party.

The defectors led by one Asuo Peprah and Sam Tuga set fire into 2016 campaign T-shirts of the sitting President, Nana Akufo-Addo to signify their disappointment hence the switch.

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Akyem Asamama is one of the “no-go areas” for the NDC in Atewa West Constituency. It could be recalled that during the infamous violent Atewa bye-Election in 2010, the community was the hottest spot due to the purported vigilance of some of the defectors used by the NPP to Police the ballot boxes. The NDC had always used Polling agents outside the community because the handful of supporters are always victimized during elections.


At short ceremony at Asamama to usher the defectors into NDC by the Eastern Regional Executives, Sam Tuga one of the leaders of the defectors,  said they have never liked nor voted for NDC before because they are true blooded members of NPP however, upon reflection, they have noted that the NPP is only using them and their communities as election-winning machines and ha failed to bring development to improve their living standards. He said, most of the developmental projects in Atewa were provided by the NDC.

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“I have never voted for NDC before because I am a true blooded member of NPP but we have realized that NPP is using us here in Atewa just for votes. They don’t bring development to us. Ironically, the NDC which we do not vote for is the party that brought electricity to this area, Constructed our road did many things in Atewa”.

He added “the government says it is fighting illegal mining but I can tell you that they have allowed some few selected NPP guys who are still doing galamsey in this area. Our river bodies have been polluted as a result. Personally, I have reported to the Operation Vanguard base at Akyem Afosu but nothing has been done”.

Sam Tuga ended his speech saying, “In all, there is hardship so all of us here, about 50 together with our families have now joined NDC”.

The Eastern Regional Secretary of NDC, Mark Oliver Kevor, welcomed the defectors and assured that they will never regret joining NDC which is a party for the downtrodden and marginalized.

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He stated that the deception of the NPP will continue to be exposed by reality adding that, the economic hardship unleashed on Ghanaians triggered by economic mismanagement, unfulfilled promises, and corruption and therefore admonished the NPP to accept the responsibility of the current state of hardship instead of blaming previous government.

Meanwhile, the Atewa West Constituency Organizer of the NPP, Harison Adzamire Darko, told Starr News, the Party is investigating the membership status of the purported defectors to enable it to respond appropriately but suspects the move to be a “diabolic political propaganda” by NDC.

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About 50 members and sympathizers of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Akyem Asamama in the Atiwa West Constituency of the Eastern Region have defected to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), citing economic hardship and bad governance as the reason for their move.

Many of the defectors claim they played various roles including being polling station agents for the NPP during the 2016 general elections while others were instrumental in grassroots mobilization for the party.

EIB Network Eastern Regional Correspondence, Kojo Ansah Sasraku reports that the defectors led by one Asuo Peprah and Sam Tuga set fire into the 2016 campaign T-shirts the then flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (now President of the Republic) to signify their disappointment in his leadership style and their switch of loyalty to the NDC.

Akyem Asamama is one of the “no go areas” for the NDC in Atewa West Constituency.

It could be recalled that during the infamous Atewa bye-Election in 2010, the community was the hottest violent spot due to the purported vigilance of some of the defectors used by the NPP to Police the ballot boxes.

The NDC had always used polling agents outside the community because their members and sympathizers living in the community are always victimized during elections.

Addressing journalists at short ceremony at Asamama to usher the defectors into NDC, Sam Tuga one of the leaders of the defectors said they have never liked nor voted for NDC before because they are true blooded members of NPP.

However, upon reflection they have noted that the NPP is only using them and their communities as election winning machines much to the neglect of development of the area to improve the living standards of the people.

He said most of the developmental projects in Atewa were provided by the NDC and therefore see the umbrella family as party that has the welfare of residents of the community at heart.

“I have never voted for NDC before because I am a true blooded member of NPP but we have realized that NPP is using us here in Atewa just for votes.

They don’t bring development to us. Ironically, the NDC which we don’t vote for is the party that brought electricity to this area, constructed our road and did many things in Atewa for us”, he said.

NPP members doing gallamsey

He added, “The government says it is fighting illegal mining but I can tell you that they have allowed some few selected NPP guys who are still doing galamsey in this area. Our river bodies have been polluted as a result. Personally, I have reported to the Operation Vanguard base at Akyem Afosu but nothing has been done”.

No regret joining NDC

The Eastern Regional Secretary of NDC, Mark Oliver Kevor, welcomed the defectors and assured that they will never regret joining NDC which is a party for the down trodden and marginalized .

He stated that, the deception of the NPP will continue to be exposed by reality adding that, the economic hardship unleashed on Ghanaians is triggered by economic mismanagement, unfulfilled promises and corruption.

He therefore admonished the NPP to accept responsibility of the current state of hardship instead of blaming the previous government.

Commenting on the issue, the Atewa West Constituency Organizer of the NPP, Harison Adzamire Darko, said the NPP is investigating the membership status of the purported defectors to enable it respond appropriately but suspects the move to be a “diabolic political propaganda” perpetuated by the NDC.

NDC will form counter-terrorism groups to face NPP if (Audio)

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A former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Ashanti Regional Youth Organizer and a communicator, Brogya Gyamfi says his party members are fed with the conduct of the Ghana Police as far as NPP vigilantism is concerned.

According to him, the Ghana Police is cowered into feeling helpless in the situation for fear of victimization by politicians, therefore, will not hesitate to form counter-terrorism groups to face the NPP.

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A whole party has left their members to attack ministers and MPs in their offices and meetings and you expect an opposition party like NDC to sit quietly and watch, no, it will never happen.

If Ghana police and the security cannot deal with them, they will have counter-terrorism groups in the NDC and deal with the attackers in NPP. We cannot rely on the attitude of the Ghana police so we will have no option than to form counter-terrorism groups,” he warned.

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Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation Minister was attacked by thugs who are believed to be members of the vigilante group, Delta Force which is affiliated to the governing NPP.

They say the MP had reneged on the promises he made to them during the campaign.

Meanwhile, two members of the vigilante group, have been arrested Tuesday.

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But Brogya Gyamfi who is aspiring to become a national youth organizer of the party encouraged supporters of the NDC to go to work prepared in anticipation of any unlawful attack.

He said it is important that supporters of the NDC protect themselves and match the NPP supporters fair and square.

I’m not saying our supporters should go and attack anybody, but when you’re at your workplace doing legitimate work and you don’t arm yourself and you’re suddenly attacked and killed, you would have died a needless death but when you prepare for such attacks, you can protect yourself in that event. Don’t depend on the police to protect you, do the protection yourself,” he charged.

 

 

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“We need very brave, aggressive youth to compete with the NPP” – Brogya Gyamfi

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National Youth Organiser aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Brogya Gyamfi says for his party to win power in 2020, young men and women who are brave and aggressive in nature would be required.

In an interview with Osei Bonsu, host of Asempa FM’s political show Ekosii Sen, Mr Gyamfi admitted that it won’t be an easy battle to win power from the incumbent government.

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“We need very brave and aggressive youth to compete with the new patriotic party (NPP)” he said.

According to him, the disunity in the youth wing of the party led to their loss in 2016 elections.

The politician, therefore, promised that as part of his agenda as a youth organiser hopeful, he will focus on restructuring, empowering and restoring the youth wing.

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He also highlighted on the good things he did as the Ashanti region youth organiser, adding that when voted for, he will continue the good works at the regional level.

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U/West NPP treasurer slams Bawumia over ‘reckless spending’

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U/West NPP treasurer slams Bawumia over ‘reckless spending’
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The Upper West Regional treasurer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Tanko Dauda Daniel, has criticized the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia over the decision to travel to the 2017 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) meeting with a delegation of 16 people.

He said Bawumia’s action betrays the NPP’s stance against reckless spending by state officials, adding that he forsees a revolution in the country if such expenditure by government officials continued.

“I hope what I read about the delegation of the Vice President of Ghana and his wife is not true. Truth be told, if these things continue to happen under the government of the NPP, I can foresee a revolution in Ghana. The endorsement of Nana Addo and the NPP in the 2016 elections was an expression of a kind of last hope by the people.

For us to continue witnessing the kind of unreasonable and irrational expenditures by people in government makes nonsense of democracy. That is why it will get to a point where the people will revolt against the government because they have lost all their hopes in politicians,” he said.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who was an invited guest to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 2017 travelled with a 16-member delegation when many other countries that attended had at most 5 delegates.

Some Ghanaians, including members of the main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are criticizing the Vice President and the government over the action, describing it as a waste of scarce national resource.

But Tanko, who is also a lecturer at the University for Development Studies(UDS) took to Facebook to caution the government desist from such practices because it risks being booted out of office.

“It will get to a point where the people will revolt against the government because they have lost all their hopes in politicians. The NPP government under the leadership of Nana Addo is undoubtly the last hope of the Ghanaian people because in the words of Gabby the alternative is scary. Nana must not fail the people. The NPP should not do wrongs and defend them because they happened during a certain administration. It simply does not make sense,” he said.

By:Mahama Latif/citinewsroom.com/Ghana.

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NPP has no power to disband vigilante groups – Yaw Buabeng Asamoah

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Communications Director of the governing New Patriotic Party, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, says the NPP has no power to disband pro-party groups in the party.

He has, therefore, described calls by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for the party to disband vigilante groups as completely out of place because the NPP did not form those groups.

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“NPP has no power to disband vigilante groups because we didn’t form those groups I will rather urge the NCCE to educate these groups in their own way and not asks us to disband them because we don’t have that power,” he said on Okay FM monitored by Adomonline.com.

The NCCE has called on all political parties to show their commitment to national stability by disbanding all vigilante groups.

The call comes on the back of a recent attack by some members of NPP pro-vigilante group, Delta Force on Tafo Pankrono MP, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, while he was holding a meeting with some constituency executives.

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Condemning the act of the vigilante group at a press briefing in Accra on Monday, the chairman of the National Commission for Civic Education, Josephine Nkrumah said political party vigilantes have no place in Ghana’s democratic culture and therefore the leadership of the NPP must show their commitment to national stability by disbanding all vigilante groups associated with them.

But Mr Buabeng Asamoah said vigilante groups such as Delta Force and others associated with his party are associations just as any other association in the country.

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He indicated that the groups came about to help with crowd control whenever the party was out there doing rallies and holding a congress.

He, however, condemned the acts of the Delta Force, saying they should use the appropriate channels to resolve their issues and not attack their leaders.

 

 

 

 

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Audio: Touch one of us and we’ll touch four of you – Opare Addo on vigilantism by NPP tugs

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Aspiring National Youth Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) George Opare Addo has warned members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to ready themselves to face the NDC “boot-for-boot” on issues of vigilantism.

“If a minister is running for his life, who I’m I to walk freely, no. Until NPP acts responsibly on vigilantism, we will face them boot-for-boot.

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“Akufo-Addo should deal responsibly with vigilantism else we will form our own groups and face them. If they attack one NDC person, we will attack four,” he warned.

Mr Opare Addo who was also a former Municipal Chief Executive of Akuapem North was commenting on the recent attacks by members of the pro-NPP vigilante group, Delta Force, on the Member of Parliament for Old Tafo, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, who doubles as Minister of State for Monitoring and Evaluation.

Some muscular men stormed a meeting of constituency executives chaired by Dr Akoto Osei over the weekend.

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The heavily-built men allegedly wanted to assault the Minister but he managed to escape unscathed.

But Mr Opare Addo, condemning the actions of the NPP group on Asempa FM’s Eksoii Sen Wednesday, said his resolution to a violent attack is to face them boot-for-boot if the president fails to take action on vigilantism.

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To him, vigilantism has been made to fester in the country because the actors escape from the claws of the country’s laws due to interferences by political bigwigs.

 

 

 

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Asuogyaman NPP Smoke Peace Pipe – Daily Guide Africa

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The party members in a pose after the meeting

The feud and impasse between two factions in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Asuogyaman Constituency of the Eastern Region have been resolved.

Former Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko, who chaired the meeting themed: “Galvanizing Unity for 2020”, calmed down tempers and brought all stakeholders together for the sake of the party.

He expressed worry about issues that had divided NPP members in the Asuogyaman Constituency. He urged them to rally behind the District Chief Executive (DCE), Samuel Agyekum, to enable him discharge his duties effectively.

The former energy minister, who headed the Krobo Block, advised the two factions to stop the feud in the interest of the party and for the singular objective of winning the 2020 general elections.

In their optional speeches, other party bigwigs who graced the event also laid stress on unity. Besides, they charged the party members to cease fire and focus on winning the upcoming election in 2020 and beyond.

The meeting was organised to instill oneness and rally behind the NPP government to win both parliamentary and presidential seats at Asuogyaman in 2020.

In attendance were Paul Asare Ansah, NPP Assembly Caucus; constituency executives; and all key stakeholders who call for unity and reconciliation.

FROM Daniel Bampoe, Atimpoku

 

 

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