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Prof. Oquaye clears air on his ‘endorsement’ of Bawumia as NPP 2024 flagbearer

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Former Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye, has denied claims of having endorsed Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia or any other personality in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the flagbearership position towards the 2024 general election.

“My attention has been drawn to a publication on pages 1 and 11 of The Daily Dispatch issue of Wednesday, May 19, 2021, claiming that I, Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye, have said that ‘Bawumia should be NPP’s 2024 Flagbearer.’

“I wish to state emphatically that I have not endorsed anyone as the 2024 flagbearer of the NPP,” he stated in a press release.

According to Prof. Oquaye, an interview he granted to Raymond Kumah, host of Okyeman TV was misconstrued by the media house to mean that he had endorsed the Vice President.

He noted that the only question he answered with regards to the Vice President had to with the country’s digitisation initiative to be carried out by the government.

“Indeed, having asked the progress of Ghana’s digitisation initiative under Dr Bawumia, I categorically stated that, ‘It will be fantastic if we are able to continue with this digitalisation, automation and ICT. This complements the good work being done by Hon. Ursula at the Ministry of Communications’,” he said.

In the press statement, he also listed several other Ministers of State who he believes are equally “excellent materials,” stating: “I consider Dr Bawumia as an ‘A-Plus’ performer, but so are other NPP stalwarts, including Hon. Kyerematen, Dr Akoto, Hon. Ursula, Dr Prempeh.”

He continued: “The Trades Minister is today a global authority on International Trade, Business and Investment. The headquarters of the Africa Trade Organisation, etc., exemplifies him. Also, Dr Akoto complements development in our agro-based industry for our food both home and abroad. His work stands unprecedented in Ghana.

“The brilliance of Hon. Ursula in the application of ICT for national development must be spoken about, entirely without prejudice. She is also ‘A plus’. Similarly, Dr Prempeh is managing the challenges in the Energy Ministry just like he did in the Education Ministry and we are all looking up to him and other brilliant stars which we the elders are proud of,” he stated.

He, therefore, entreated members of the general public to disregard any claim of his support for Dr Bawumia or any other individual in the NPP.

“To have misconstrued and misrepresented the comment on Ghana’s digitisation progress as an indication for a particular individual to be the Flagbearer of the NPP in 2024 is not only inaccurate but a complete falsehood,” he stressed.

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Akufo-Addo betrayed public trust – PPP

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The Progressive People Party (PPP) has expressed concerns over how the country is being governed under the Akufo-Addo administration.

The PPP noted that the present administration has failed the people of Ghana in all sectors of the economy.

In the area of corruption and job creation, the party said, the government has failed.

Also, there is rising public sector debt as well as graduate unemployment and unemployment in general.

A statement signed Nana Ofori Owusu, National Chairman, said “The Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) wants to call on the government to work hard to redeem its declining image among Ghanaians five years after failing to deliver good governance to the people  and betraying public trust.

“A careful observation of the performance of the NPP government for the past five years from 2017 till date shows they have not lived up to expectations of the people.

“After five years in government, we ask: where are the jobs? Where the prosperity the Ghanaian citizens were promised? And where are the opportunities? More people have been poorer, rendered unemployed, suffered reduced standards of living, are living in fear of armed robbery, and experiencing impunity in the society.

“There is continued currency depreciation with the imposition of more taxes. Ghana’s public debt is soaring higher than expected.

“Allegation of corruption is higher than before and businesses are collapsing. However the government prides itself with policies that are not yielding any positive results on the lives of the citizenry.”

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Alan Kyerematen Is The Perfect Successor To President Akufo-Addo – Lawyer Appiah Danquah Declares

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A staunch member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Andrew Appiah-Danquah, has publicly made a strong case for the presidential candidature of the current Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen. According to Lawyer Appiah Danquah, Alan Kyerematen remains the perfect NPP flagbearer to succeed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2024 general elections.

Speaking on Ghana First TV, the legal luminary stated that looking at the competence, character and charisma of Mr Kyeremanten and his contribution to the success of the New Patriotic Party since its formation in 1992, Alan towers among all as the NPP surest bet for 2024 general elections. He stressed that “This is Alan’s time!.

Mr Appiah-Danquah maintains that it is clear within the rank and file of the NPP that it is Mr Kyeremanten’s time to be given the leadership mantle in the governing New Patriotic Party. The basis of this conviction of Lawyer Appiah-Danquah is the fact that Alan Kyerematen absolutely meets all the criteria as set out by former President John Agyekum Kufour years ago.

In the year 2007 when the NPP was in a process of choosing a successor to former President John Agyekum Kufour who would represent the party in the 2008 general elections, the then President J.A Kufour advised the NPP with wise guiding principles in choosing a leader who has the potential to serve both party and national interest. In the wisdom of J.A Kufour, NPP must go for a leader, who when elected as flag bearer, can unite the party and make it attractive, can attract non-NPP voters to get at least 50% + 1, can unite the country when given power and can hold the power by governing efficiently and effectively.

Lawyer Appiah-Danquah asserted that, based on President Kufour’s criteria, the New Patriotic Party at this material point has only one person in waiting to succeed President Akufo Addo and that person is Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen.

Lawyer Appiah-Danquah again had this to say, “we the NPP know who will be our 2024 flag bearer, it is Alan Kyerematen. What we don’t know is who will be next to Alan and that is what the 2023 primaries is going to determine.” Our convention and tradition affirm this. Our presidential primaries have always affirmed the known leader and unveiled the next leader, he noted.

“The 1992 NPP presidential primaries affirmed Prof. Adu Boahen as the known leader and unveiled Mr J.A Kufour (as he then was) as the next leader. Similarly, the 1998 presidential primaries confirmed J.A Kufour as the known leader and unveiled Mr Akufo Addo (as he then was) as the next leader. The 2007, 2010 and 2014 NPP presidential primaries also endorsed Nana Akufo Addo as the known leader and unveiled Lawyer Alan Kyerematen as the next leader. The 2023 NPP presidential primaries will not be different.” Hon Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen will be affirmed by the party as our 2024 presidential candidate and the next leader after Alan will then be unveiled, Mr Appiah-Danquah stated.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

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Jean Mensa Is One Of The Best EC Bosses Ghana Has Had – NDC’s Stephen Atubigah

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A member of the NDC who has denounced his membership from the party, Stephen Atubigah has said that the current EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa is one of the best EC bosses the country has ever had.

According to him Jean Mensa and his deputy exercised their constitution mandate during the 2020 general election and did nothing wrong. This goes contrary to the views the NDC as a party hold about Jean Mensah.

The judge asked you for the results of the Presidential Candidate and you could not say it. Jean Mensa is one the best EC Chairs Ghana has ever had and Bossman Asare as well. Jean Mensa and Bossman Asare exercised the mandate given to them by the constitution,”

He noted that the NDC failed to provide their pink sheet in court after paying people to tabulate their collated results for them.

He also said those who were sent to the EC strong room to monitor the results went there to drink tea for three hours and failed to coordinate with those who were in the EC strong room.

“NDC spent a lot of money on resource people to tabulate the 2020 Presidential election results but you went to court without your pink sheet to defend your claim. Those who were sent to the EC strong room to monitor the results, one was taking tea for three hours and nobody in the NDC office coordinated with those in the EC strong room, and if Jean Mensa has done her work and declared the results, you are angry and went to court,” he stated.

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