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NDC’s 10 chairmen endorse Mahama for 2020

The ten regional chairmen of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have asked former President John Dramani Mahama to lead the party to Election 2020.

The regional chairpersons who had a meeting with Mr Mahama on Thursday, 9 November in Accra the former president “to consider the request of teeming supporters of the NDC and Ghanaians to lead the party to the 2020 general elections.”

This was contained in a joint statement by the Regional Chairmen who urged Mr Mahama to quickly embark on a ‘Thank You Tour’ to acknowledge the support he received during his tenure and during the last elections which he lost.


NPP 'big men' giving jobs to girlfriends – Spio-Garbrah

National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential hopeful, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, has accused the NPP government of giving jobs to girlfriends of some big men.

Speaking to Paul Adom -Otchere on Metro TV’s “Good Evening Ghana” Thursday, the communication specialist said the Akufo-Addo government is guilty of cronyism adding, “We now have a family and friends and girlfriends government”.

When pressed further by the host to provide evidence to back the ‘girlfriends’ allegation, Spio-Garbrah pointed to pro-NDC newspaper, “The Ghana Palaver” as his source of information.

“The Palaver has been publishing stories about girlfriends being offered jobs,” he maintained.

“… but the Ghana Palaver is skewed”, Adom-Otchere pointed out.   The NDC guru who confirmed his interest in the party’s presidential race on the programme lashed out at the government for doing little to curb vigilantism, which has become rife in the last ten months of the current administration.


NDC shifts gear for 2020 polls

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has drawn a comprehensive plan of action to reclaim political power in the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

The plan, which included all internal elections and the biometric re-registration of party members, was adopted at a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting last Thursday. It was chaired by the National Chairman and Leader of the party, Mr Kofi Portuphy, and in attendance were representatives from all the 10 regions.

Details of plan

Disclosing details of the plan to the Daily Graphic in Accra last Friday, the Deputy General Secretary (Operations), Mr Koku Anyidoho, said branch elections across the length and breadth of the country were scheduled for the last week of January 2018 while March 24 and 25, 2018 had been set aside for constituency elections.


Hassan Ayariga scores Nana Akufo-Addo 50%

Supreme leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), Dr Hassan Ayariga has scored President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo 50% for his performance so far.

He disclosed that the 9-month old government has taken more time than expected in delivering on their litany promises made to Ghanaians as contained in the manifesto.

“They have taken more time than expected considering the promises they made to Ghanaians prior to the 2016 elections”, he disclosed in an exclusive interview.

“I wish them well …..I don’t think they are doing well but I will give them an average because I can see they have a leadership problem”, he observed.

On the President’s commitment to fighting corruption, he appealed for more time to allow President walk his talk by putting in the necessary measures to deal with the aged old practice


Road infrastructure: Was I sleeping or Mahama misled Ghanaians? Akufo-Addo asks

President Nana Akufo-Addo has attacked the road infrastructure record of the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama’s government, describing it as a deception.

Addressing the chiefs and people of Lawra in the Upper West Region, the president said the so-called unprecedented road infrastructure by the NDC was only a façade.

“I don’t know what infrastructure he [Mahama] has in mind; but clearly roads were not part,” the president said during his four-day tour of the three Northern Regions of Ghana.

Road infrastructure was a key campaign message in the 2016 election with the then incumbent government led by John Mahama touting road infrastructure as its biggest achievement.

The NDC government left a debt of about ¢122 billion, a chunk of it the then government claimed had been sunk into road infrastructure.


NPP Bantama Constituency Executives to sue A Plus over corruption claim

The constituency executives of the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP) in the Bantama constituency in the Ashanti region have threatened to drag Musician Kwame A Plus to court for defaming Messrs Francis Asenso-Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor, both deputy chiefs of staff, in a bribery claim.

A statement issued by the Executives Monday said the allegations of corruption against the two were unwarranted and a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the two government officials.

A Plus believes that the Presidential staffers whom he accused of corruption were misled and acted on deception when they intervened in the termination of UniBank’s contract to provide onsite banking services at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.


Sammy Awuku and I pleaded with A-Plus not to release 'cover-up' tape - Presidential Staffer

The unfolding brouhaha emanating from the corruption allegations levelled by controversial musician, Kwame Asare Obeng popularly called A-Plus against two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor seems not to have an end in sight.

After the CID reported that A-Plus’ allegations were unfounded, which minimised attention on the matter, a recently leaked tape in which a Deputy Director of Police CID, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah is heard attempting to persuade A-Plus from pursuing the matter as his allegation was found to be “close to the truth” has revived the issue.

Presidential staffer, Charles Nii Teiko Tagoe has alleged that the controversial musician is the original source of the audio recording.

Charles Tagoe in an interview with Adom FM, Friday, said A-Plus sent him the audio recording while he was with a presidential delegation at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week.


Abu Jinapor breaks silence on A-Plus' corruption allegation

After initially holding back his comments on allegations of thievery and corruption against him, a Deputy Chief of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor has opened up, stating his side of the story.

He said the corruption accusation against him and his colleague Francis Asenso Baokye arose from his attempt to act on a petition he received from uniBank complaining about alleged unfair treatment meted to it by the management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

Unibank, which used to collect revenue on behalf of the hospital, felt sidelined after management of Korle Bu decided to outsource that responsibility to another bank, without giving uniBank a chance to put in a bid. The bank subsequently petitioned Board of Korle Bu and copied the Office of the Chief of Staff.


Free SHS will breed corruption - Alhaji Bature

“Implementation of the Free Senior High School policy should be done progressively and not an all-at-once approach as adopted by government to prevent the incidence of corruption in the schools”, leading member of the opposition NDC Alhaji Bature Iddrisu has said.

According to Alhaji Bature although the government initiative is a worthy one, it will breed more corruption than good.

The Managing Editor of the Al Hajj Newspaper argued that introducing the policy to only first years and relegating the continuing students was discriminatory in the first place.

He noted that a number of the public Senior High Schools were already admitting students beyond their regular capacity and as a result could promote the incidence of head teachers making undue gains on the side.


I’m scared to keep a copy of Kwesi Botchwey report – Ablakwa

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said he’s scared of seeing or owning a copy the 455 page Prof. Kwesi Botchwey Committee Report that investigated the crushing defeat of the party in the 2016 elections.

According to him, he fears to own a copy of the report because should its content be leaked into the public domain, he’ll be made a primary suspect, an unpleasant experience he’ll never want to have.

The NDC has been categorical that the findings of the report and copies will not be made available to the public because the contents are classified.

The largest opposition party insists, the report is meant for the leadership of the NDC because it is meant to deal with issues within the party.


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