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NDC Fights Akufo-Addo Over Rawlings’ Burial

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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) appears to now be showing respect to late former President Jerry John Rawlings and acknowledge his role as founder of the NDC, something the party seemingly failed to do while he was alive.

The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah, has already accused President Nana Akufo-Addo of attempting to “hijack” the funeral of Mr Rawlings who died around 10:30am on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Mr. Asiedu-Nketiah has also accused President Akufo-Addo of failing to acknowledge the fact that Mr Rawlings was the founder of the NDC.

As such, Mr Asiedu-Nketiah, has warned that the NDC will not sit down and allow itself to be treated a stranger as far as Rawlings funeral is concerned.

According to him, “Everything about this funeral, so far, depicts an attempt by an opponent to hijack the funeral of the founding father of our political party, and we don’t think the funeral of our party founder ought to be organised somewhere, and we get invited.”

He stated that “We have directed all branches of our party countrywide to organise events that will give a fitting celebration of the life of our founder. We will participate (in the national funeral) but that will not stop us from organising our own thing.”

He stated that

“We were sorely disappointed that Nana Akufo-Addo, even in issuing a statement of condolence, refused or failed to recognise the fact that President Rawlings was the founder of the NDC.”

“It is against all the different practices we have been engaged in, in the past, as far as the death of prominent members of the two political parties is concerned,” according to him.

Mr. Rawlings is the founder of the NDC. For several years until his death, it was totally a ‘no love lost’ relationship between him and members of his party.

The late former President on several occasion criticized the Mills/Mahama’s NDC Government of corruption.

Mr. Rawlings also severally condemned the Mills/Mahama’s administration for reportedly deviating from the core founding values and principles of the NDC which include probity and accountability.

In return, Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, a former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, in his book titled: ‘Working With Rawlings’, confessed that he personally groomed a number of NDC’s younger generation to publicly criticize and ‘tame’ Mr Rawlings.

In the highly controversial book launched in 2020, Prof. Ahwoi mentioned former Communications Minister, Dr Edward Omane Boamah; former Deputy Minister of Education and Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa; and former Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, as some members of the NDC’s younger generation who were groomed to attack Mr Rawlings.

Mr Rawlings at one point as called the trio mentioned above as “babies with sharp teeth.”

 

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Akufo-Addo directs needy student who scored 8As to be given full scholarship

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President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat to grant full scholarship to one Thomas Amoaning of Adeiso Senior High School.

Master Amoaning is reported to have scored 8As in the 2020 West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

His plight made rounds on social media given his background.

“As a normal practice and taking into consideration the socio-geographical background of the student, HE the President has expressly directed the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat to grant full scholarship award to the student for his tertiary studies,” a release from the Secretariat on Tuesday, November 24 said.

“The Scholarships Secretariat has subsequently established contact with the student and parents and will on Friday 27th November, 2020 pay a visit to the family to discuss their needs in detail,” the release signed by Registrar of the Secretariat Kingsley Agyemang said.

Meanwhile, the Secretariat announces for the information of WASSCE graduates that there will be a “big announcement” on Tuesday, December 1.

“The retooled Ghana Scholarships Secretariat is now strategically positioned to effectively deliver on its mandate of awarding scholarships to Ghanaians for tertiary education,” the release said.

 

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Election 2020: Supreme Court sets target for election petition

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The Supreme Court is set to deal with any election petition that will arise out of the 2020 elections in 42 days maximum.

Justice Jones Dotse, the Chairperson of the Election Manual Review Committee, any suit challenging a presidential election will only be allowed from contestants in the election and only against the winner and the Electoral Commission.

“There’s a nice write-up on the manual which indicates that the Supreme Court is proposing that should there be any dispute, it will not go beyond 42 days,” he stated.

This is to prevent a repetition of the election petition of 2012 which dragged for eight months.

Governance expert said it affected the country as the government of the day was too cautious in taking certain decisions.

The business community was also affected as a lot of investors wanted to be certain the direction the country was going before investing in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the 4th Edition of the Manual on Election Adjudication, Justice Jones Dotse disclosed that processes on who can sue and join the suit has been spelt out.

“And there are major significant changes in the law in the sense that now if you are interested in questioning or initiating a presidential election dispute, you must have been a candidate in that election and you can only sue the one who has been declared as the winner by the EC and the EC, that’s all. ” he added.

On his part, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah indicated the readiness of the Judiciary to deal with all election related suits.

“While not everyone will agree with our decisions, I can assure you that they (political) have all seen and motivated by the national interest underpinned by first and foremost the judicial principles for which the judiciary stands for geared towards the sanctity of our motherland,” he said.

He added, “Our judges had sufficient training to better improve their capacity in handling dispute that might emerge after these elections.”

The Chief Justice assured “Ghanaians of the thoroughness, professionalism and patriotism with which we approach and dispense our duties that would never change.”

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I’m Sure I Would Have Two Children By Now If I Were In Bed With Nana Addo-Jean Mensah

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The chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, madam Jean Mensa has rubbished claims that she is trying to rig the upcoming election in favour of the ruling New Patriotic party.

Answering a question at a training programme organized by the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) on Tuesday 24th November 2020, madam Jean said I’m sure I would have two children by now, because it’s been two years……

She made this statement in response to a question of being in bed with the government.

According to her she and her colleagues are doing all it takes to ensure free, fair and transparent election on 7th December and that and that “even if the president was your uncle or your father, there’s nothing, absolutely nothing you can do.”

There has been constant allegation from the opposition National Democratic Congress Party that the commission is doing all it takes to rig the upcoming election in favour of NPP.

 

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