I will reward both competence and loyalty – Joshua Alabi
National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential Hopeful, Prof. Joshua Nii Alabi, has assured delegates and party stalwarts across the country of his commitment to bridge the gap between party leadership and their grassroots.
According to him, one of the key steps to be taken in achieving that is rewarding both competence and loyalty.
Speaking in an exclusive interview at his residence with Atinka FM’s Kaakyire Ofori Ayim, he explained that per interaction he has had with party supporters all levels of as well as personal research carried out, it is obvious the apathy seen in the 2016 elections was due to people being rewarded because of their competency at the expense of loyalists.
Thus, he seeks to bring equity by balancing the two. He hinted that votes from the student’s fronts i.e. The Tertiary Educational Institutions Network (TEIN), was lost since the students realized that their parents had nothing to show after they (TEIN) worked tirelessly to win power for the NDC.
According to Prof. Joshua Nii Alabi, his motivation to lead the party comes from his long experience as an astute political figure, the apathy that was seen in the general elections and his ability in fixing the poor economy Ghanaians are battling with.
Prof. Alabi added that the NDC had no message prior to the 2016 elections and it was part of the disconnect.
He disagreed with people who say Joshua Alabi is not known and have not contributed to the progress of the party.
He noted that in 2001 after the NDC lost power to the then Kufour-led administration, his contribution came to bear when he chaired the Greater Accra Regional reorganization in creating a new look for the NDC.
“Whoever would make such comments does not know the history of the NDC and is a later-day saint.”, he added.
‘We’ll take all our seats from NPP’ – Boamah Otokunor
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is targeting majority seats in the next Parliament after the December 2020 general election.
The strategy is to capture more parliamentary seats in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) strongholds to increase NDC’s seats to 170 in parliament as part of the party’s agenda, and opened parliamentary nominations in all constituencies across the country, effective July 12.
According to Boamah Otokunor, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, he was hopeful only vibrant and results-oriented candidates would be elected for the primaries saying, “We will take all our seats from the NPP to get a two-thirds majority in parliament since the NDC has a solid, credible and realistic campaign message and the party is poised for victory in the 2020 elections.
“The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a party specialised in confusion, lies and deception, Ghanaians will make a big mistake if they vote for President Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP again, we are convinced given the strategies put in place with a marketable candidate like former President John Mahama, the 2020 elections will be ‘cool chop’,” Mr Otokunor touted.
On what aspirants have to do, the Deputy General Secretary noted that “all aspirants must satisfy the constitutional requirement which qualifies one to be a Member of Parliament, all aspirants must also satisfy the requirements of the party, no one will be disqualified based on normal procedural errors, the parliamentary primaries are expected to take place on August 24, at all the 275 constituencies across the country,” Mr Otokunor disclosed.
Government spends over GHC800m to settle debts accrued by NDC – Deputy Minister
Deputy Minister for Works and Housing and Member of Parliament for Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi has said that government has spent over 800 million Ghana Cedis to settle debts accrued by the erstwhile Mahama administration.
According to him, there are still debts unsettled by other ministries and all these debts make Ghanaians feel government is not doing anything.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, he explained that the amount of money government is paying in terms of settling debts could have been used for other developmental projects.
The NPP government is committed to providing Ghanaians with whatever they promised in their manifesto.
“Nana Addo will not disappoint Ghanaians just that we will have to settle debts that was accrued by the other government so that those affected can have money to execute other projects that will improve the lives of Ghanaians,” he said.
I will unseat Collins Dauda – Ali Suraj assures NPP members
One of the aspiring parliamentary candidates for the new patriotic party in the Asutifi South Constituency in the Ahafo region has assured members of the party of winning the seat for the first when elected.
Alhaji Ali Suraj says he has all it takes to match the incumbent Member of Parliament in the area in the upcoming general elections.
“I am very experienced and know how to play my cards well.” ALI SURAJ told gathering of NPP members after he has filed his nomination at the constituency party office.
Alhaji Suraj says he has been assured of victory in the upcoming primaries and therefore he would channel every into the general election.
One of the past contestants of the Asutifi South constituency on the ticket of the NPP, Boakye Boateng appeals to the delegates to rally behind the Aspirant to win the seat for the first time in the history of Ghana’s elections.
Mr. Boateng says Suraj is more likely to win the seat for the party than him, reason he rescinded his decision to contest this time round.
“Most of the voters here are northerners and they would love to see their own brother leading them.” Mr. Boateng says adding that, the aspirant is the best bet for the party.
Mr. Boateng promised to support Mr. Suraj in issues-based campaign go the seat for the party.
Among other things Mr. Ali Suraj is seeking to implement when he becomes the MP are to change the life of the people, mentality and issues that bother on their health.
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