His Excellency John Dramani Mahama says the focus of the 2016 campaign of the ruling government is to change lives and transform Ghana since his government has been able to achieve systematically their Better Ghana and Advancing Ghana promises the party made in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
He explained that, the NDC is taking Ghana to a new level because they are changing lives and transforming Ghana come 2016.
The president charged foot soldiers in the Brong Ahafo region to spread the good message of the NDC, in the region so people get to know what the NDC has really done.
According to the president, their changing lives campaign consist of the total transformation of the people so they are able to have decent lives and to do so, the NDC should be given the mandate to manage Ghana in 2016.
He said, the NDC in 2008 gave Ghanaians a Better Ghana Agenda and in 2012 they advanced it further to the Advancing the Better Ghana Agenda and therefore it is prudent for the party to give Ghanaians a total transformation in 2016.
President Mahama told residents in the region of the achievements and foundation laid by the late Mills, the foundation he said has really impacted positively in the lives of Ghanaians.
One major challenge of the people in the region is the poor nature of their roads and as part of efforts by government, the cocoa roads improvement project was implemented.
He pleaded with the residents to give the NDC a 100% endorsement come 2016 so they continue their good works.
He said, I will continue to outdoor more community days schools till am able to attain the 123, I promised Ghanaians.
President John Dramani Mahama has for the second time mocked the ‘Rise and Build Tour’ by the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Addressing residents in the Brong Ahafo region as part of his ‘Changing Lives and Transforming Ghana Campaign’ the president indicated that his government has in the past embarked on massive development and for the NDC they are still building.
He said, I hear people say they are now rising and building whiles I have already built and am still building and by the time he [Nana Addo] will realise , we in the NDC will be far ahead, we are already building, we will continue to build and build and build more.
President Mahama mockingly asked, how can you claim to rise and build when in actual fact you do not have your foremen with you, I have my foremen with me and that tells you how serious I am.
He opined that, the massive achievements by the NDC in the region is unprecedented and massive and come 2016, he will win massively in the region since the people have witnessed for themselves the development in the region.
The president has advised the presidential candidate of the NPP to forget about the 2016 elections since the NDC has already taken the lead ahead of them.
Information reaching rainbowradioonline.com indicates that a member of the campaign team of Power Minster, Hon. Kwabena Donkor has passed on.
The team member whose name was given as Victor Saguo age 50 met his untimely death after their boat sunk in the Pru River. The team were returning from their campaign tour at a village called Atakuma.
Campaign Manager, Stephen Wirinyer who was also in the boat could not still understand why and how their boat sunk.
The body of the deceased have been deposited at the Yeji government hospital
The deceased left behind three children.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Queen mothers Association has advised teenage girls and students in the region to abstain from sex and focus on their studies.
Their call is coming at a time when the use of postinor 2 a contraceptive pill used to prevent unwanted pregnancies has increased among teenage girls and students in the region.
According to the queen mothers, if the situation is not checked it will have negative impact on the teenage girls.
They have also expressed their worries over the high rate of sexual activities among young teenagers in the region, a situation they believe does not augur well for the region.
They indicated that most of the young teenagers have resulted to the use of the contraceptive pills to prevent pregnancies.
A member of the Association and Queen mother of Kutere No. 2 in Brekum, Nana Nyarko Ankoma who doubles as a nurse advised young girls in the region to resist any temptation to engage in pre-marital sex or depend on postinor 2 as a means of preventing pregnancies because the pills cannot protect them against sexually transmitted infections.
She admonished them to take their education serious and abstain if they do dot want to drop pout of school.
Regional chairman for the New Patriotic Party in the Ashanti region, Mr. Bernard Antwi Boosiako popularly referred to as chairman Wontumi has ‘jabbed’ President Mahama over his so-called one touch victory in the upcoming 2016 elections.
He said, the president will be a joker to claim a one touch victory in the upcoming elections, with his mismanagement and unprecedented corruption and gross incompetence.
The fire brand politician called on President Mahama to as a matter of urgency resign as president for failing to transform the lives of Ghanaians.
He said, I have an advice for President Mahama, he should focus on how to manage the country, and stop deceiving himself, going around with his so-called ‘Changing Lives and Transforming Ghana Campaign’.
Chairman Wontumi who appeared charged could not understand why Mahama is still parading himself as a president with unprecedented records whiles workers in Ghana continue to go on strike, this is laughable, he is a joker, and in fact he is deceiving himself to winning the elections.
I don’t blame him because he is standing behind the electoral commission to resist the call for a new voters’ register, so he can maneuver his way through the presidency, but it will not be possible, he cannot bribe the EC to stop them from compiling a new register, we will not allow it.
He accused the president and the NDC of planning to rig the upcoming elections, if they think they can stand behind the EC and rig the 2016 elections, then they should forget it, because we will resist it, i mean Ghanaians will resist any attempt to rig the elections. We do not want Ghana to go into civil war, we cannot afford to do so, he indicated.
Chairman Wontumi in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem stated categorically that come what may, the Electoral Commission will have no option than to compile a new register considering the overwhelming support from the two former presidents, civil society groups, the clergy and other well-meaning Ghanaians.
The evidence presented to the EC is over whelming for them to refuse the call for a new register ahead of the elections, he posited.
He also took the opportunity to advise the president and the NDC to stop dreaming of winning in the region because that will be impossible and unattainable.
President John Dramani Mahama says the duty of a president must serve the interest of the nation and every Ghanaian.
According to the president his intention is to transform the nation, and to be able to do so, he must serve every Ghanaian irrespective of their political background.
The president who is currently in the Brong Ahafo region as part of his ‘Changing Lives and Transforming Ghana Campaign’ in a discussion with the Chief of Sunyani Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawir , said he is a president whose duty is to serve Ghanaians.
President Mahama as part of his campaign cut-sod for the construction of the Gooso-Tekper road, he also inspected on-going road project in Gonbian No. 2 and Tseremanso all in the Brong Ahafo region.
According to the president, he will also be cutting sod for the construction of some roads in Dormaahenkro.
IN 2012 when we were campaigning, we promised the chiefs and people that we would repair all their deplorable roads, and so the projects we are undertaking is in fulfillment of our campaign promises in the last elections to the region, President Mahama said.
President Mahama revealed that government will very soon begin work on the ring road in Sunyani, we have already contracted someone to construct the road and in the next month or so the project will start, he added.
He called on the chiefs and people to continue praying for him to maintain his seat as president of Ghana.
On his part, the chief praised Mahama for his outstanding and fulfillment of his promises.
He proposed that, the Sunyani Ring Road which has been abandoned for many years and currently been rehabilitated, be named after President Mahama for his good works, a performing president must be supported, he said.
Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri assured President Mahama that the Brong Ahafo region will give him an 80% endorsement come 2016 because a performing president should be given all the support he deserves.
He said the first public University in the region was under the able leadership of the late President Mills which according to him is an indication of the commitment of the NDC to transform the region.
He also outlined some achievements of the Mahama led administration which he said cannot be compared to any government and so as a region, they will support the bid of President Mahama.
The National Democratic Congress has suspended its branch treasure in the Ahafo Aho Constituency for misconduct.
The treasurer Adams Alhassan is said to have stabbed the branch chairman after the two engaged in a brawl.
Mr. Samuel Awuni over the weekend got stabbed in the head and his neck by the treasurer of the party. He is currently in the hospital receiving treatment.
Meanwhile the regional executives in the region in a release signed by the regional chairman, Hon. Yaw Owusu Obimpeh has suspended the treasurer Adams Alhassan with immediate effect until further investigation has been conducted into the allegations.
According to the statement, the party had structures and which every party member could use to resolve any problem they face. No member regardless of their position should misconduct themselves.
The statement also described the action by the treasurer as misconduct per the party's rules.
‘’The party seriously disapproves such misconduct by any party member at any level within the party and by this release urging all members to use appropriate party structures to address all internal grievances. The party wishes to remind all members that serious discipline measures will be taken against any member who goes contrary to the rules governing the party. In view of the current development, Mr. Adams Alhassan [The Treasurer] has been suspended with immediate effect pending further investigation,’’ the statement said.
The party also extended its sympathy to the chairman of the branch and further called on party supporters to remain calm as the party investigate the problem.
President Mahama has described his Vice-President as a humble, shape and an intelligent economist whose expertise has helped him manage Ghana since he assumed office.
The president indicated he is someone I trust, he is someone with the technical expertise of the economy and by his hard work and resilience, I have been able to manage the economy well.
When I took the ECOWAS chairmanship position and I had to be junketing and resolving issues here and there, I knew I had someone to manage the country because I trusted him and had faith in him for his outstanding and exceptional expertise, President Mahama said.
He added, Paa Kwesi helps me with a lot of support and so whiles I have the luxury to do the political things, I know I have a hand supporting me with the technical work.
President Mahama admitted that whiles he had already chosen a running mate, that may have to be approved by the leadership of the party.
Commenting on who his running will be, he said: ‘’I know who he will be, it is not correct for me to prejudice and say it when am not yet the candidate, you have a running mate only when you are a presidential candidate and am not yet the candidate although am going unopposed,’’ my party has not yet confirmed me as a candidate they will have to vote to accept me as candidate and until that is done I cannot outdoor my running mate.
Even if am confirmed the candidate, I will have to consult the leadership of the party in choosing my running mate, because that is the processes that I have to go through as set out in the constitution of the NDC, he added.
President Mahama was speaking in an interview on the garden city radio in Kumasi as part of his ‘Changing Lives and Transforming Ghana Campaign’.
As part of the tour, the president cut sod for the rehabilitation of the Kumasi Kejetia market at the cost of $298 million, the project is in three-phases.
The three-phased project is been constructed by Contrata Engenharia, a Brazilian construction firm.
The regional secretary for the National Democratic Congress in the Eastern region, Mark Oliver Kevor says there is nobody within the NDC to courageously contest President Mahama because of his unprecedented achievements and record.
In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the secretary described President Mahama as a great leader with exceptional leadersip qualities that cannot be compared to any other person.
We in the Eastern Region have pledged our 100% vote for the president to continue his great work, he said.
According to him there is no need in changing a winning team and so he [President Mahama] should be giving the nod to lead the party to victory come 2016.
Take a look at the road sector, look the educational sector and all the sectors and you will be amazed at the achievements of the party it is remarkable, it is amazing it is exception, and great.
Oliver Kevor opined that it would have been suicidal for anyone to contest Mahama.
Our endorsement is to show appreciation for his great achievements, he stated.
President Mahama has united the front of the party, it shows how great a leader he is. What happened at the Koforidua Jackson Park is a clear indication of what the people want and the one they want is President Mahama, he stressed.
The deputy regional chairman for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Ahafo Ano Mr. Karim Mohammed has called on the National Executives of the party to as a matter of urgency resolve the problems in the constituency or risk loosing the 2016 parliamentary elections in the no matter the candidate they present on behalf of the party.
Speaking with Kwame Tutu, host of the breakfast show on rainbow radio, the deputy chairman said, there are problems within the party in the constituency and if we should begin to make these problems public, it will be disastrous for the ruling party, we cannot wash our dirty linen in public. So the party’s executives should deal with the issues as soon as possible.
His statement is coming on the heels of an alleged attack on the regional chairman Samuel Awuni over the weekend.
Mr. Samuel Awuni is alleged to have been stabbed by one Adams Alhassan who doubles as the party’s treasurer in the constituency.
However the deputy regional chairman stated categorically that, the chairman who is currently battling his life in the hospital was stabbed by the treasure of the party.
Am surprised that he [Adams Alhassan] is walking as a freeman after stabbing our chairman, every evidence points to the fact that he stabbed him, he even claimed that he will do it and nobody can do anything to him and now he is walking on the streets of Kumasi as a freeman, how can the police behave like this, how can they free someone who attempted to murder our chairman, he posited.
Mr. Karim Mohammed alleged that the regional minister Hon. Peter Anaafi is the one behind the attack.
I know and am sure that he [Hon. Anaafi] is behind the attack, I saw the treasurer in his car, he is part of his drivers and so am sure he contracted him to stab the chairman, it pains me that this is happening ahead of our primaries, it is unfortunate, he said.
Mr. Samuel Awuni according to Karim Mohammed wanted to use the party’s vehicle for official purposes but he was not allowed to use it so he engaged in a brawl with the youth organiser who was alleged to have kept the key but failed to give it out.
The youth organiser failed to give him the car keys so he stood by the car so nobody could move the car because by the party’s constitution nobody is supposed to use the car until you’ve won the elections, but he failed to give him the keys, then we saw him call an unknown person, in the next minutes we saw a vehicle branded with the poster of the regional minister with the treasure behind the wheels, he walked out of the car and stabbed the youth organiser then stabbed the chairman too, he narrated.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Peter Anaafi declined to comment on the allegations leveled against him when he was contacted.