The National Council of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed ‘’regret and disapproval’’ of the fracas between the Gender Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba and the Northern regional Minister Bugri Naabu.
The Council expressed their disapproval at a meeting held yesterday [Wednesday] at the National Headquarters of the party in Accra.
The Gender Minister Otiko Djaba had accused the Northern Regional NPP chairman of accepting bribes from people in the form of livestock with the promise of offering them positions in the government.
Mr. Naabu's rebuttal of the accusation in a subsequent radio interview, alleged that the Gender Minister together with the current Upper East Regional Minister in the murder of the former Upper East regional chairman of the party, Adams Mahama.
The National Council after the meeting chaired by Freddie Blay and in a statement issued said, ‘’the meeting expressed strong disapproval and regret against the actions and utterances of the minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Northern Regional Chairman. Even though the two apologized profusely, the meeting severely reprimanded them and bonded them to be of good behaviour. They were also asked to put their apologies into written statements.’’
The Ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has set up a 10-member committee to review the 2016 elections.
The committee which is chaired by a law lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Adusei Poku are: ‘’To provide a detailed and honest analysis of 2016 elections country wide; on structures and operations at all levels; 2. To produce a clear, concise, but detailed report to form basis for the party’s campaign to win 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections, i.e. a strategy for 2020 elections; and, 3. To provide objective review of the current state of the party
Below is the full statement.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) as a liberal conservative party, believes that its internal democracy will thrive only on a democratic enabling environment. It is only based on this that the party will continue to become very attractive to all sundry.
The party takes cognizance of the fact that every political programme requires a critical review after the expiration of the execution period. It is not surprising that at the inception of the 4th Republican constitution, when the party believed that the 1992 presidential elections were rigged, the party did a review of the election and came up with the popular “stolen verdict”. Likewise, the 1996 presidential and parliamentary elections were reviewed by the party and the lessons learnt and mistakes corrected catapulted the party into winning the 2000 elections overwhelmingly. The party produced what was known as the bought verdict.
The Heymann Committee of 2008, reviewed why the NPP lost the 2008 elections and some of the recommendations given resulted in the amendments of the Party’s constitution in 2009. You all know about the bizarre circumstance under which the 2012 elections were declared by the EC and even the Supreme Court pronouncement on the Presidential petition filed the then Presidential candidate and now the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The 2012 elections were reviewed as well.
Thankfully, the New Patriotic Party won the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections convincingly and we are gathered here today to inaugurate the Dr. Adusei Poku Committee to undertake an independent Review of the 2016 elections.
The Dr. Adusei Poku Committee is a 10-Member Committee consisting of men and women who are true party members of credibility. The Committee is mandated by the Party to undertake the following assignments;
1. To provide a detailed and honest analysis of 2016 elections country wide; on structures and operations at all levels;
2. To produce a clear, concise, but detailed report to form basis for the party’s campaign to win 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections, i.e. a strategy for 2020 elections; and,
3. To provide objective review of the current state of the party.
SUBMISSION OF REPORT
The Dr. Adusei Poku Committee has been given 6 weeks to submit its report to the leadership of the party through the General Secretary.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the high ranking of Ghana’s democracy which has become very enviable across the globe is as a result of the NPP’s continuous propagation of best political practices.
The Northern regional chairman for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bugri Naabu says his allegation against the Upper East regional Minister that he had a hand in the death of the late Mahama Adams, the Upper East regional chair was a slip of tongue.
His apology was granted after lawyer for the Minister, Sampson Lardi Ayenini wrote to him demanding an apology within 48 hours.
The letter by Mr. Naabu said, “I write to sincerely and unreservedly retract wholly my comments about your client in an interview granted Accra-based radio XYZ. I note, most regrettably that those rather unfortunate comments have since Monday, 8th May 2017 gained wide publicity and may have implications for an ongoing trial in the High Court.’’
“Immediately my attention was drawn to the comment, I personally called him and apologised to him and his family unreservedly…And I am truly sorry to the minister, his family and all those I have hurt by those comments,” the letter added.
Describing the Minister as a brother he said, Mr Naabu noted he did not have any facts beyond what was known by the police following investigations into the death of the Adams Mahama.
The Supreme Court of Ghana has adjourned to June 22 its judgement on a case in which the government is being challenged for allegedly bringing into the country two former Guantanamo bay detainees, without recourse to the laws of the land.
The two ex-detainees: Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, arrived in Ghana on Thursday, January 7, 2016 for a two-year stay as part of an agreement between the United States of America and the Government of Ghana.
However, two Ghanaian citizens Margaret Bamful and Henry Nana Boakye last year sued the Attorney General and Minister of Justice as well as the Minister of Interior, accusing the government of illegally bringing in the two former Gitmo detainees, without recourse to the laws of the land.
The two plaintiffs are seeking a true and proper interpretation of Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the President of the Republic of Ghana acted unconstitutionally by agreeing to the transfer of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby.
However, the chairman of the seven-member Supreme Court panel, Justice Atuguba adjourned the judgement for the second time today.
Lawyer for the plaintiffs, Nana Agyei Baffour explained to pressmen that, the judgement was adjourned because the court is seeking further submissions on whether or not Ghana can abrogate an international agreement if it infringes upon domestic laws.
The two Guantanamo bay detainees, Atef and Al-Dhuby had been in detention for 14 years by the United States after being linked with the terrorist group Al-Qaeda before their relocation to Ghana.
An amount of one hundred and six million, six hundred and ninety-seven thousand, six hundred and twenty-eight Ghana Cedis, eighty pesewas (GHC 106,697,628.80) to the Registrar of Scholarships for payment of feeding grants for second cycle schools.
Second cycle institutions in the three Northern regions refused to re-open due to government’s inability to reimburse three consecutive terms’ Feeding Grants.
The Heads of the affected schools refused to reopen and admonished government to defray the accumulated debt.
But a statement statement from the Ministry of Finance said government has released funds for the payment of the scholarship claims. It said the amount “is in respect of the 3rd term feeding grant for 137,300 students for the 2015/2016 academic year, and also for 140,264 students for the first term of 2016/2017 academic year” adding that, “the ministry is processing the remaining claims for the 2016/2017 academic year.”
The Gender and Social Protection Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba has underscored the need for women to be treated with respect.
Ms. Djaba speaking on The Pulse on the Joy News channel on Multi TV asked Ghanaians to forgive her over the fracas between herself and the Northern regional NPP chairman, Bugri Naabu.
According to her, she felt disrespected by the action by the fire brand politician.
Mr Naabu on Friday May 5 led a group of angry women to disrupt a meeting organised by Otiko Djaba.
The group who accompanied him vandalised some properties.
He described the meeting held by the Gender Minister as “illegal” because he was not notified about it.
But the Gender Minister denied the claims insisting that she tried reaching Mr. Naabu but he was not reachable.
The Minister stressed that, ‘’it is a lesson for us to understand that we need to respect each other…We need to respect women in this country and 60 years on, we are talking about affirmative action-Its important that we respect women…I am a woman and the same respect that you want someone accord to your female person in your life, you should accord to me. I felt disrespected and I feel it on behalf of all women because I know that if it was a woman, he wouldn’t do that.’’
Madam Djaba added, “Because I am a woman he thinks he can bully me and get away with it. But people of Ghana, what is not right is not right.’’
She said she did not understand why Mr. Naabu would ‘’make those tales and all the other things that came with it. It was totally out of order, there was no need for him to do that but I apologise to my party members and the people of Ghana for what happened.’’
The restoration of the teacher training allowance will begin in September, the Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary, Prof Kwesi Yankah has said.
He gave the hint when he addressed the 2017 National Congress of Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) at Dorma Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region.
According to him, the Nana Addo-led government is working tirelessly to restore the allowance by next academic year in September.
The congress was attended by the Executives of the Association in all the 31 Colleges of Education in the country. It discussed issues pertaining to quality teacher education and professional development.
A police officer allegedly assaulted and stripped naked a taxi driver for flouting road traffic regulations.
The police officer with service number 36832 in a fit of rage accosted the victim at a Fuel Station after reportedly jumping the light, assaulted him and in the process stripped the taxi cab naked in the full glare of the public.
The victim Kwabena Danso in interview with Kwame Tutu after the incident gave a hint that, he will report the officer to the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS)
Giving an update on his decision, he said the investigation into the incident has been concluded and the recommendation would be forwarded to the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
‘’I received a call from PIPS yesterday and they told me that, investigations into the matter have been concluded and the report will be presented to the IGP soon.’’
The Minority in Parliament has called on President Akufo-Addo to sack the Gender and Social Protection Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu.
The Minister accused Bugri Naabu of taking cows, goats from party supporters with the promise to provide jobs.
Whereas, he [Naabu] accused her of having a hand in the death of the late Adams Mahama the Upper East Regional Minister.
The Gender Minister appearing before the vetting committee refused to apologise for her unsavory remarks he made about former president John Dramani Mahama.
She had described the former president as a wicked person and someone with the heart of the devil.
Her refusal forced the Minority to stage a protest against her approval.
Below is the full statement
STATEMENT BY THE NDC MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT.
TAKE ACTION AGAINST BUGRI NAABU AND OTIKO DJABA NOW MR PRESIDENT
For Immediate Release 9TH MAY 2017
The NDC Minority in Parliament has noted with grave concern recent accusations among some Ministers of State and the New Patriotic Party Big Wigs. It will be recalled that about a week ago the Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu led a group of hoodlums to disrupt a meeting organised by the Minister of Gender and Social Protection, Madam Afisa Otiko Djaba at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale. This resulted in altercations between the two on various media platforms. This worrying situation does not only have internal NPP Party ramifications but also far reaching negative consequences for the peace, stability and good governance of our dear country.
In the verbal assault on each other in the media, Madam Otiko Djaba accused Mr Naabu of running a regime of political thuggery in the Northern Region which he uses to brutally suppress dissent against his dictatorial leadership style.
Madam Otiko further accused Mr Naabu of bribery in which he allegedly collected goats, sheep and cows among others from NPP members seeking high public office positions such as District Chief Executive positions.
In a rebuttal, Mr Naabu accused the Minister for Gender and Social Protection and two others of complicity in the murder of Alhaji Mahama Adams, former Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP.
The two are Mr Rockson Bukari, current Upper East Regional Minister and the newly appointed Builsa District Chief Executive. Mr Naabu had alleged that the three had had series of secret meetings at which the plot to murder Mr Adams, the Upper East Regional Chairman was hatched.
We in the Minority consider these developments as a grave concern as they pose a veritable threat to our democracy and good governance.
Ghana is a country of laws where the fundamental human rights and freedoms are enshrined in the 1992 Constitution and therefore expected to be enforced in ways prescribed by the law i.e. through the known and recognised institutions such as the courts. As we speak, two people are standing trial for their alleged complicity in the murder of Alhaji Adams. This allegation by the Northern Regional NPP Chairman Mr Naabu that the three were not only involved in the murder but were responsible is crucial to the determination of the matter currently pending before the court.
Mr Naabu’s allegations have widespread implications for the delivery of justice in the matter of the murder of the Upper East Regional Chairman.
In any true democratic system, Mr Naabu’s pronouncement should have elicited immediate action from state actors especially the Ghana Police and President Akufo Addo.
As a government that is enjoined to uphold the rule of law and the fundamental human rights of the people, this loud silence from the state actors particularly the President is not only shocking but a betrayal of the people on whose shoulders he rode to power.
We in the Minority are calling for an immediate invitation from the Police to Mr Naabu to assist the Police with his evidence in respect of the murder of the Upper East Regional Chairman. Similarly we call the Police and the President to act on the serious bribery allegation made by Madam Otiko Djaba, Minister for Gender and Social Protection against Mr Naabu, the Northern Regional Chairman. We are by this asking that they invite all those whose names have been mentioned in connection with the scandal.
What is most disturbing is that under the watch of President Akufo Addo who claims to be a champion of human rights and an anti-corruption crusader, these things are happening without any concrete action from him.
As matters stand now, the Minority stands vindicated for its earlier opposition to the appointment of Otiko Djaba as a Minister of State.
We demand an action from the President now else his inaction will confirm the view in the public domain that this is a double standard and substandard government.
Hon. Haruna Iddrissu
The Ghana School of Surveying and Mapping (GSSM) has been shut down following recent clashes over land at the school.
The Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. John Peter Amewu speaking to the press said, the staff has been reassigned.
He said, “students are directed to vacate the school premises and the hostel facilities with immediate effect,”
According to him, the students clashed with land guards on the school’s premises in protest against the sale of the school land by the Land’s Commission.
The students last week staged a demonstration in protest against the sale of the land.
“I direct the management of the Lands Commission to ensure that the staff at the school should be re-assigned other duties that would effectively support the agenda to reduce the turnaround time in land title registration in the country.”
The Minister added, “since the project site has been handed over to the contractors, unauthorized persons are not to be permitted on the premises and the contractors to take full responsibility of the site.”