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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has issued a statement cautioning aspiring candidates against the vilification of other opposing aspirants. The statement which was issued by the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) and signed by the party’s chairman, Kofi Portuphy of the NDC said it has observed that “some potential aspirants and their followers have resorted to insults, and vilification of potential contestants.” The statement added that “This abuse takes place, at times in a highly toxic manner on social media and sections of the media.” The statement reminds all potential hopefuls, aspirants and their affiliates, as well as all party followers, that such acts constitute ‘anti party conduct', “and at the same time destroy the cohesive unity of the party. “Such conduct seriously undermines the painstaking efforts by Council of Elders and the NEC to reorganise the party,” the statement said. The FEC reminds all party faithful that the NDC’s internal electoral processes that allow members to engage in campaigns and other political activities have “NOT yet been officially launched”. The party is actively working on various programs and guidelines to ensure an equitable playing ground to enable credible electoral process towards successful primaries being held at all levels of our party, the statement said     The statement further admonished party members to  participate in the on-going registration exercise to enable the party re-establish a solid foundation, including the massive grass root base to recapture power in the 2020 elections.
Kwabena Mensah son of the late Samuel Tetteh aka Allebey, the commercial driver who was allegedly murdered by some land guards, at Opeikuma a suburb in Kasoa of the Central region, has revealed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the suspects made an attempt to kill him. Narrating his ordeal to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the suspects broke into his room in his absence in an attempt to kill him.   According to him, because he saw the faces of those who murdered his father, they wanted to kill him and the driver’s mate. He said, after they broke into my room in my absence, they also broke into my father’s mate room to also kill him because he also saw their faces. Two of the suspects on reportedly boarded the deceased’s vehicle on Tuesday and upon reaching their destination decided to alight without paying the lorry fare. This resulted in a heated argument between the driver and the suspects. The suspects were said to have informed their colleagues numbering about 12 over what happened. They reportedly stormed the driver’s residence attacked with blocks and finally stabbing him. The group also damaged deceased 207 benz vehicle in the process.   Kwabena Mensah stressed, the negligence of the police caused his father’s death because his brother rushed to the police station immediately the land guards started attacking his father however; the police did not attend to him but rather gave him a medical form to take his deceased father to the hospital. Meanwhile, two suspects have been arrested by some angry youth in the area and handed over to the police.   He further revealed, some residents went to report to the police that, a suspect had broken into the room of his late father’s mate and so they should come and arrest him but the police declined and rather asked the youth to go and arrest the land guard and bring him to the police station.
Former President John Dramani Mahama cannot win power for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), in 2020. That is my belief, former MP for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale, has posited. Nii Amasah Namoale, who has rescind his decision to contest as presidential candidate in 2020 because Prof. Alabi has popped up said the ten (10) regional chairpersons who issued a statement to urge Mr. Mahama, are cheating for the former president. He has also alleged that the chairpersons are also making the former president appear as the most favourable candidate although there are other individuals who have expressed interest. The statement from the chairpersons calling on Mr. Mahama to consider representing the party, shows that they will make it appear as if former president Mahama, is the only one who can win 2020 for the party. ‘’That is their thinking; and that is their belief. It is democratic, he can believe that. I [Nii Amasah Namoale] also think that President Mahama cannot win 2020 for us. So there should be a new leader and a new hope, so when we see the new leader, there would be a new hope to bring on board all other people who failed to vote in 2016, that made us garner only 44 percent. My belief and your belief would be tested at congress. So why do you cheat? The legislator said, Mr. Mahama may win the primaries as his followers are claiming but to win the 2020 general elections may bring the party bigger disgrace. He also indicated that all the other candidates who have never assumed the post as president, may not be mocked if they win by 50 percent and all party supporters will rally behind them but former President Mahama, must not win with not less than 90 percent, he added.   ‘’President Mahama will win  the primaries hands down as they are purporting but with what percentage?
Former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the La Dadekotopon constituency, Nii Amasah Namoale, has predicted that there is a bigger disgrace awaiting the party in 2020. He believes they will suffer another humiliating defeat should the party fail to unite its front towards the victory they are yearning for. The disturbed former legislator told Rainbow Radio’s Kwame Tutu that, some party officials are organizing people to boo at some individuals and as NDC member; I do not want these things to happen, he said. He also bemoaned the provocative attitude of supporters of former President John Dramani Mahama. The NDC he indicated  lost the elections due to apathy. He said, it seems the supporters of Mr. Mahama are doing things to provoke people. We didn’t lose 2016 elections. It was the apathy of NDC people that made us lose because the NPP got the same votes in 2014. Thirty thousand (30,000) didn’t vote at Ketu South, 20, 000 didn’t vote at La Dadekotopon, 20,000 didn’t at Ledzekuku, 22,000 didn’t vote at Odododiodoo, 18,000 didn’t at Osu Klottey. We need to bring all these people onboard. That is my worry as a member of the NDC but doing things; endorsing people.’’ Nii Amasah Noamole said from the way people are endorsing Mahama, if he wins the primaries and others start saying he did not win it fairly and they became angry, are we [NDC] going to win 2020? ‘’There is a bigger disgrace waiting for us. That is my worry. What I am saying is that, I want the NDC to win 2020 even with Mahama, if is the one that is chosen…So I will appeal to those who are so obsessed with Mr. Mahama; you are not wrong if you are his campaign manager, you are not wrong if you are the number one supporter but your behaviour; when someone says he is not for Mr. Mahama,’’ you should not attack them.    
Former Member of Parliament for La Dadekopotan Nii Amasah Namoale says some strong supporters of former President John Dramani Mahama, are against the statement issued by the ten (10) regional chairpersons of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). According to him, although it is the democratic right of the regional chairpersons to call on Mr. Mahama to consider contesting the 2020 presidential race, there are serious effects that will follow the statement. The 10 regional chairpersons in a statement yesterday [Thursday], called on Mr. Mahama to consider representing the NDC in 2020. But speaking on Rainbow Radio today [Friday], Nii Amasah Namoale said, he wouldn’t want to stress the issue for the sake of cohesion and unity of the party however, when you go on social media, the strong supporters of Mahama are against what the regional chairpersons did. Nii Amasah Namoale previously expressed his interest to contest as presidential candidate but rescinded the decision because Prof. Joshua Alabi has expressed his interest to contest.  
The Greater Accra Regional chairperson for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ade Coker has disputed media reports that the regional chairpersons of the umbrella family, have endorsed former President John Dramani Mahama to lead the party as candidate for election 2020. According to him, the statement they issued was to call on the former president to ‘’consider’’ running in 2020. The statement from the chairpersons issued after a meeting with the former president, in Cantonments on Thursday, called on the president to embark on a ‘Thank You Tour’ to thank Ghanaians for supporting the NDC over the past years. They also asked him to consider the call from teaming supporters and Ghanaians to represent the party in 2020. The statement which went viral on social media had different interpretations with some claiming that the chairpersons have endorsed Mr. Mahama. But Mr. Ade Coker, said the chairpersons did not endorse Mr. Mahama as speculated by others rather they asked the former president, who lost to his rival President Nana Addo in 2016, to ‘’consider’’ representing the party. Meanwhile, former President John Dramani Mahama had said any attempt to declare his intention to contest will distract the party’s restructuring activities. According to the former president, a lot of people have called on him to make his declaration known but addressing party supporters, at the peace walk organized by the party in the Central region over the weekend. he said the point he has made is that ‘’my declaration of my intention to run or not to run will distract the attention of the party from the work we have to do.’’    
The 10 regional chairmen of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), have issued a statement calling on former President John Dramani Mahama who was defeated in his attempt to seek a second term bid in 2016, to consider representing the party in 2020. The statement which was signed by the Greater ACCRA Regional Chairman, Ade Coker; Ashanti Regional Chairman, James Obimpeh; Central Regional Chairman, Allotey Jacobs; Eastern Regional Chairman, Tawiah Boateng; Volta Regional Chairman, John G. Kwadwo; Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman, Opoku Atuahene;  Upper East Regional Chairman Alhaji Mumuni Bonaba; Upper West Regional Chairman, Maathew Song-Aabo; Northern Regional Chairman, Sofo Azoka and Western Regional Chairman Michael Aidoo said :’’At the meeting held today [Thursday] November 9.2017 in Cantonments, Accra with HE John Dramani Mahama, former President of the Republic of Ghana, we the ten regional (10) chairpersons of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), have called on HE John Dramani to consider the request of teaming supporters of the NDC and Ghanaians to lead the party to the 2020 General Elections.’’   The statement also called on the former president to embark on a thank you tour across the regions in Ghana and thank Ghanaians for their support for the NDC over the past 8 years.    The statement said we [chairpersons] ‘’invited the former President to as a matter of urgency, embark on the delayed and much-awaited ‘Thank You Tour’ to thank supporters of the NDC for supporting him through his tenure and the party over the years.’’
Saudi Arabia’s attorney general says at least $100bn (£76bn) has been misused through systemic corruption and embezzlement in recent decades.   Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said 199 people were being held for questioning as part of a sweeping anti-corruption drive that began on Saturday night.   He did not name any of them, but they reportedly include senior princes, ministers and influential businessmen. “The evidence for this wrongdoing is very strong,” Sheikh Mojeb said.     Source: BBC
The Minority in Parliament has accused  the Nana Addo led  government  of blowing GHc177 million on processes that preceded the issuance of the energy sector bond. Former Deputy Finance Minister under erstwhile Mahama led administration and Minority’s spokesperson on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forso, said government spent GHc87 million on administrative expenses, as well as GHc400, 000 on the printing of material for the energy bond roadshow. He has therefore called for a parliamentary probe into the matter.   Speaking to the press at a press conference today [Thursday], the elegislator said “From the cost that I have that the taxpayer is paying; the state is paying the arrangers, the banks, GHc87.5 million. The state is paying legal fees of GHc700, 000; the state is paying the accountant, GHc350,000. Surprisingly, the state is paying administrative expenses of GHc80 million. Overall the state is paying GHc177 million. I think this amount is way too much.” Mr. Ato Forson argued that, when the $1 billion Eurobond was issued under John Mahama’s administration, the amount spent was way lower than what the current administration is spending. “This is not the first time the state is raising a bond. The last bond we raised under the Eurobond of $1 billion which translates to about GHc4.4 billion, the total cost was under 0.2 percent. Today, we are seeing a bond that we are raising for about 4 billion and the cost is about 1.77 percent. He added: “I think it is important that we ask questions. So the question we are asking is that we want the Ministry of Finance to provide the state with further and better particulars. We are asking for full breakdown of what constituted the administrative expenses. Printing of the road show material was GHc400, 000. We are going to haul the Minister before Parliament, to give us full breakdown to account for every cedi that has been spent so far. We think it is way too much and we smell something fishy.’’ Government issued a ten year and seven year bond with the aim of getting GHc6 billion to offset the legacy debts of the energy sector which was about GHc10 billion, but in all, a total of GHc4.69 billion was realized even after a seven day extension period. The 7-year component raked in 2.4 billion cedis as targeted, at an interest rate of 19 percent.   However, the 10-year bond failed to hit the 3.6 billion cedis mark.
The Ashanti Regional police Command has arrested some suspected armed robbers from their hideous at Dichemso, a suburb of Kumasi , during intelligence led operation for their involvement in various armed robberies within the Kumasi metropolis and its environs, a statement signed by ASP Juliana Obeng, PRO for the region has said.   The suspects are Emmanuel Fosu 27years alias "Alhaji", Farouk Amadu 25years alias " Burger" and Salui Yakubu 28years alias "Baba Tunde " alias TI. These suspects on board an Opel Astra Taxi Cab pick unsuspecting female passengers. In the course of their journey these suspects forcibly remove the dress of their victims and tie them with it. They additionally blindfold them and rob them of their monies and mobile phones, the statement added. According to her, the suspects on usual occasions subject their victims to inhuman treatment by beating them mercilessly and sometimes rape them and dump them of in obscure places or in nearby bushes leaving them to their fate. The statement further added: ‘’During investigations, Farouk Amadu alias "Burger" admitted his involvement in a robbery with his accomplices that led to the death of one their victims. He narrated to the police that they picked two female passengers at kejatia about five weeks ago and subjected the victims to severe beatings and thereafter dumped them off in a bush. One of the victims, a 58 year old Cecilia Boakye Fordjour who sustained severe injuries and was rushed to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital by her colleague victim and a good Samaritan was pronounced dead on arrival. During an identification parade at the forecourt of the Regional Police Headquarters, all the three suspects Farouk Amadu , Saliu Yakubu and Emmanuel Fosu were identified by their victims. In a related development the three suspects informed Police about the activities of other accomplices and mentioned one Lukeman Mohammed alias "Alfa" and Awudu Osman alias " Awudu Ninja" alias "Burger" and other three suspects who are currently in the run that they use motorbikes to rob their victims at gun point. Suspects Lukeman Mohammed and Awudu Osman were traced and arrested at their hideouts. They confessed to the police that they have arms (pistols) they had hidden in an uncompleted storey building at Sepe a suburb of Kumasi. The two suspects led the police to the area to retrieve the pistol. The suspects took the police to four separate hideouts without any trace of the said pistol. Whiles the search was ongoing, the two suspects who were in a separate handcuffs jumped from a one storey building to escape frome the police. They were however, chased and fired to immobilize them from escaping , but suspect Awudu Osman died instantly, whiles suspects Lukeman Mohammed was pronounced dead in arrival at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. Bodies of the deceased have since been deposited at the same hospital morgue. However, the first three suspects Emmanuel Fosu , Farouk Amadu and Saliu Yakubu are in custody assisting in investigations. The other three suspects whose names have been given to the police are in the run and are being sought for to help police investigations. In another development the Regional police Command today 9th November, 2017 has arrested yet another suspect by name Akwesi Yeboah 26years. This suspect with two of his accomplices, who are currently on the run, are also part of a different syndicate also noted for (pick and rob) of unsuspecting female passengers using the above modus Operandi. Investigation so far indicates that there are different groups of armed robbery syndicates who are using Taxi Cab to rob unsuspecting female passengers when they are picked up.   The Command wishes to use this platform to send a very strong warning to individuals and members of the various syndicates to desist from the acts or face the full rigors of the law, the statement concluded.
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