Panel for Ayawaso violence probe a roster of NPP affiliates – NDC
The National Democratic Congress has questioned the credibility of the persons impaneled by the president to probe the violence that characterized the Ayawasos West Wuogon by election last week.
Government on Wednesday set up the three-member commission of inquiry to look into the circumstances of, and establish the facts leading to the violent incident and to identify person(s) responsible for it.
Chaired by former commissioner of CHRAJ, Justice Emile Short, it has Prof. Henrietta Mensah-Bonsu and a former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Patrick K. Acheampong as members. Private legal practitioner Ernest Kofi Abotsi will serve as secretary to the Commission.
But the NDC in a statement Friday held the persons assigned to look into the incident are all aligned with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in one way or the other.
The party said it was the expectation of the people that the President composed a “neutral” team but rather selected “a roster of former appointees of erstwhile NPP administrations”, some of who the NDC said are in “intimate relations with serving cabinet members.”
The statement signed by General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the NDC doubts if any possible outcome will come from the work of the commission, which the party feared will do the bidding of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
For the NDC, it is uncertain whether the outcome of the work of the Commission will bring desired results of ensuring that perpetrators of the violence are brought to book.
“It is gratifying that the power of the people has – for once, under the present administration – prevailed over the caprices of the Executive. However, we remain skeptical about the seriousness with which justice will be pursued under the remit of an Emile Short Commission.”
The Commission’s findings, the NDC said, are bound to be a confirmation of the President’s description of the Ayawaso violence incident as an “isolated’ case.
“In any case, President Akufo-Addo has already prejudged the incident as ‘isolated’, as he has the outcome of the Commission. There is no way that this Commission of his favourites will come to any conclusions that contradicts his prior statements,” the statement said.
The party said Nana Akufo-Addo should have demanded the resignation of the Minister of State for National Security, Bryan Acheampong or the Inspector General of Police by now, but he has failed to do so.
In the NDC’s view, leaving these people in office leaves room for cover ups as they could tamper with evidence which would have been available for investigation.
“They remain in office and are evidently engaged in an active cover-up operation, including transfers of senior police investigators and deliberate obfuscation of the identities and whereabouts of the perpetrators of the violence in Ayawaso on January 31.
“The position of the NDC is very simple; This Emile Short Commission is a non-starter on the basis of its composition, obvious political colouring, and the President’s own track record.”
It said the party has already provided enough evidence in video form to enable authorities arrest perpetrators of the violent act, hence warned against any effort to shield the perpetrators.
‘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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