Campaign coordinator and National Organizer of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams has passionately appealed the electorates especially supporters of the party to votes massively for President Mahama.
According to him, the candidate of the party can only clinch a one touch victory if supporters of the party do all possible by touting the good works of the president to every eligible voter.
Kofi Adams explained, the unparalleled achievements under President Mahama should be easy to retain him power, however, members of the party must put their shoulders to the wheel and campaign vigorously for the president.
The outspoken leader of the NDC, was addressing party supporters in the Central region. He said the transforming lives and changing Ghana is on course hence the need for President Mahama to be retained.
Change he noted is already ongoing, and so the electorates should not be deceived by the message of any party to change a competent leader like President Mahama.
Meanwhile, he has also urged all registered voters who used a NHIS cards to ensure that they re-register after the Electoral Commission delete their names as ordered by the Supreme Court.
The UN Security Council has called on warring factions in South Sudan to immediately end the recent fighting and prevent the spread of violence.
In a unanimous statement, the council condemned the fighting "in the strongest terms" and expressed "particular shock and outrage" at attacks on UN sites.
It also called for additional peacekeepers as a response.
Hundreds are reported to have died in clashes since Friday.
Forces loyal to Vice-President Riek Machar say government troops supporting President Salva Kiir attacked their positions in the capital, Juba.
A UN spokeswoman in Juba, Shantal Persaud, said the latest fighting had caused hundreds of internally displaced people to take refuge in UN premises.
She said both South Sudanese leaders were responsible for implementing last year's peace agreement, which included a permanent ceasefire and the deployment of forces away from Juba.
Information Minister Michael Makuei told the BBC the situation in the city was now "under full control" and civilians who had fled should return to their homes.
Mr Machar's military spokesman, Col William Gatjiath, accused officials loyal to the president of lying, and said there had been at least 10 hours of clashes on Sunday.
"The situation in South Sudan is uncontrollable because Salva Kiir and his followers are not ready to follow the peace agreement," he said.
UN officials said a Chinese peacekeeper was killed and several Chinese and Rwandan troops injured.
In a statement on Sunday, the US state department said it strongly condemned the latest outbreak of fighting in Juba.
Spokesman John Kirby said Washington had ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel from the US embassy in Juba.
The violence has raised fears of renewed instability, with a 2015 peace deal failing to quell unrest.
Friday's exchanges were apparently sparked by a shootout between President Kiir's and Mr Machar's bodyguards. At least 150 died in the clashes.
The two men met at the presidential palace the same day, and issued a call for calm.
Calm was apparently restored on Saturday but heavy gunfire was reported on Sunday near a military barracks occupied by troops loyal to Mr Machar.
Nana Obeng Ameyaw Barimah II, Tuobodomhene and Akyempemhene of the Techiman Traditional Council, has assured the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, of the unflinching support of the people of Tuobodom in the run-up to this year’s elections.
The Tuobodomhene, who was confident of an Akufo-Addo victory in the elections, explained that his belief is premised on the fact that “in this world, it is only those who embark on good missions who are encouraged and supported.”
Nana Obeng Ameyaw Barimah II made this known on Sunday, July 10, 2016, when Nana Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on him at his palace, at the commencement of day 3 of his tour of the Brong Ahafo Region.
According to the Chief, “The NPP’s parliamentary candidate for Techiman North has been entrusted in my care. He is therefore my son. Thus, I can never turn my back on my son who is bringing something good home to his people. The Chiefs and people of Tuobodom assure you, Nana (Akufo-Addo), that we are in complete support of you. We are backing you with prayers, and I am confident that you will win this year’s election.”
He urged all supporters of the NPP to avoid the use of abusive and intemperate language in the electioneering period, as this only drives away non-supporters of the party.
“Ghanaians will vote for you once you have a good message, and you present it to them in all humility and through the use of decorous language and patience. There are certain fights that can only be won with prayer. When you go to God in prayer, whatever you ask for in His name, he will do it for you,” he said.
Nana Obeng Ameyaw Barimah II had a request to make of the NPP flagbearer when he is elected President.
“When you win the election, the people of Tuobodom need a nursing training college. We know this will come to fruition because we are very confident that you will win,” he added.
We will help you win 2016
The Nifahene of Tuobodom, Nana Owusu Ankomah Tinten II, during a separate call by the NPP flagbearer, indicated that “the Chiefs are praying and are determined to make sure that whatever can be done to help Nana Akufo-Addo win this election is done.”
The Nifahene, who was sitting in state due to the absence of Nana Baffour Asare II, Omanhene of Tuobodom, made this known when Nana Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on him at the palace.
According to the Nifahene, “My Chief, Nana Baffour Asare II, has asked me to tell you that he, together with the people of Tuobodom, keenly follow the NPP and the policies you outline to the people every time.”
The Nifahene added that “all he (Nana Baffour Asare II) asks is that God be with you, protect and guide you and your entourage in every way, so that you will be able to fulfill all your promises to the Ghanaian people. We have heard Nana Akufo-Addo’s ‘1-District-1-Factory’ policy, and it is one we wholeheartedly subscribe to. We hope and pray that if it is God’s will that Nana Akufo-Addo wins this year’s election, he should give Tuobodom its own factory.”
Credit: NPP Communications Team
Private legal practitioner, lawyer Abraaham Amaliba says the statement issued by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) over ongoing investigations on the threats on the lives of judges will not absorb the persons at the centre of the controversy.
The lawyer who is a member of the NDC legal team argued that, although the BNI after interrogating the two panelists; established that Alistair Nelson, and Godwin Ako Gunn are incapable of harming the judges.
“Further checks by the BNI have, however, established that the suspects were incapable of carrying out their pronouncements but did so in a show of needless bravado,” portions of a statement from the BNI read.
Commenting on the statement in an interview with Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, lawyer Amaliba said this is good and what it means is that, ''we don't need to deploy policemen to the judges houses, but it doesn't absorb them from the statements they made.''
According to him, despite the fact that the two panelists are members of the ruling party just like himself, he condemns the statement.
''Some have said that the two panelists are stalwarts of the NDC; I'm also a member of the NDC but i condemn those statements, it's unacceptable in a democratic dispensation like our's [Ghana].''
The lawyer was however quick to add that, this is not the first time such an utterance have been made and because other people have gone free from making statements like that of the two panelists, they also jump into bandwagon to issue the threats on the judges.
He quizzed, ''but let's ask ourselves; is this this the first time?'' In his view ''if we had cracked the whip earlier on, the two panelists would have guard themselves from issuing those threats.
He stressed, politicians have made statements which are defamatory and has the potential of bringing this country into chaos, but went free. I think that as a nation; and most importantly the media should blacklists such persons from their programs, he underscored.
Lawyer Amaliba noted that, if Ghana should be in turmoil today, nobody is going ask the identify of the host on whose show, an inflammatory statement was made or said; and his family but rather, every innocent citizen will be killed.
''So let;;s condemn all these acts whether it comes from the NDC, NPP, CPP or any political party. Ghana is bigger than all of ours.''
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has advised the citizenry, particularly the youth, to explore opportunities provided through the advancement in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for self-development.
“ICT must become the carrier of an expanded educational system that makes it possible for learners to acquire the skills needed to function in the global economy,” he said.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu, also the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), who was addressing the 50th Congregation of the University in Kumasi, said the increasing use of ICT in higher education was one way to achieving educational outcomes.
Consequently, he cautioned the youth not to misapply ICT for unproductive ventures, saying they must be trained to appreciate its ethical and moral aspect to help build a stronger society.
This year’s congregation saw a total of 8,081 students graduating including 51 for Doctor of Philosophy (PHD).
The Asantehene said the era of post-graduate guaranteed-employment was long gone, and, therefore, graduates must fashion out their own destiny by coming out with innovative means for self-employment.
“The time calls for creativity, innovation and a can-do spirit,” he said, adding that those were the essential ingredients to success.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu challenged the graduating students to make use of the knowledge acquired and resolve to put their expertise to use in addressing development challenges confronting the nation.
Touching on the KNUST’s proposed Teaching Hospital project, the Chancellor appealed to the Government to make available funds to help complete the project.
Work on the project, which commenced in 2007, had been stalled due to inadequate funds.
Professor William Otoo Ellis, the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, emphasised the critical role higher education plays in national development called on stakeholders to make the necessary investment to benefit the nation.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC's), parliamentary candidate for Domeabra-Obom, Hon Sophia Ackuaku, has rubbished publication by the media that she is urging electorates to vote “skirt and blouse”.
A publication attributed to peacefmonline.com quoted the candidate saying that it iS not mandatory for electorates to vote for President John Mahama because she has asked them to vote for her, stressing that “in life we all have choices. You can decide to vote for me and not vote for President Mahama; that is your choice. Alternately, others can also decide to vote for president Mahama and not vote for me, but those who will do this must know that when it comes to development it is the MP that is at the forefront so if there would be any skirt and blouse voting at all it must not affect me.”
The publication went on further to state that, the candidate answering a question asked her on reason why President Mahama failed to pay a visit to the constituency as part of his accounting to the people said, “what is the president coming to do here? There is nothing here for him to come and account to you. That is the more reason why you must vote for me so that I will bring some of those things that will attract him to come next time.”
However, the candidate has issued a rejoinder to rubbish the publication describing it as ''nothing far from fictional journalistic work cooked in a dilapidated kitchen of falsehood and deceit, and I appeal to the general public to ignore it for what it is-an obvious concoction intended to serve as stumbling block to our quest not only to retain the Domeabra-Obom seat, but deliver 90 percent of the presidential vote in aide of President Mahama’s one-touch victory. My support for President Mahama and his re-election bid is unquestionable and cannot be tainted with fictional piece of journalistic work by persons behind this dastardly act.''
She is therefore demanding, ''... a retraction and an unqualified apology from managers of peacefmonline.com. While on it, I have referred the matter to my lawyers for advice.''
Below is the rejoinder
RE:NDC Parliamentary Candidate Urges “Skirt and Blouse” Voting
My attention has been drawn to a publication on peacefmonline.comwith the aforementioned headline which is being attributed to me. Without wasting much time, let me put it on record without fear of contradiction that the said publication is spurious and must be treated with the needed contempt it deserves.
It is not surprising that the said story is emanating from the stables of a news website which has for some time now gained remarkable achievement for absolute creativity and total disregard for the key journalistic ingredient called, truth.
For the records, the chiefs and opinion leaders of Tebu, one of the villages in the constituency invited me to a meeting last week Thursday to discuss how to solve problems affecting them. I dutifully honoured their invitation, and I was supported by the constituency organizer, the constituency women organizer and her deputy, the constituency deputy youth organizer who doubles as assemblyman of the area and other members of my campaign team.
At no point in time during our deliberation was the issue of who to vote for in this year’s election came up for discussion. Is it not ironic, if not baffling, that I will impress on electorates to vote for me and vote against President Mahama in a constituency that has kept faith with the NDC since 2004 when it was created?
This publication is nothing far from fictional journalistic work cooked in a dilapidated kitchen of falsehood and deceit, and I appeal to the general public to ignore it for what it is-an obvious concoction intended to serve as stumbling block to our quest not only to retain the Domeabra-Obom seat, but deliver 90 percent of the presidential vote in aide of President Mahama’s one-touch victory. My support for President Mahama and his re-election bid is unquestionable and cannot be tainted with fictional piece of journalistic work by persons behind this dastardly act.
I demand a retraction and an unqualified apology from managers of peacefmonline.com. While on it, I have referred the matter to my lawyers for advice.
Sophia Karen Ackuaku
NDC Parliamentary Candidate, Domeabra-Obom
Embattled National Youth Organizer of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Ernesto Yeboah says he has now received an official letter informing him of his suspension.
Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio's Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the suspended officer said, he has referred the letter to the legal and constitutional committee of the party for further action.
Ernesto Yeboah disregarded his suspension insisting that he was given any letter to that effect.
But confirming receipt of the letter, he said initially i held the position as Youth Organizer but upon receiving the letter, he has taken the necessary steps to seek redress with the appropriate committee within the party.
Ernesto Yeboah stressed that, the leadership of the party should take steps in resolving the crisis, as the rank and file of the party are peeved with the action taken.
History he explained, is about repeating itself as the circumstances that led to the formation of the CPP by the late Kwame Nkrumah, stirs them in the face.
''The leadership of the party should realize by now that, they have done more damage than good and the earlier they resolve it the better. The youth wing of the party at the various regional and constituency offices are peeved.''
According to him, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah broke away to form his party following a similar suspension within the then United Gold Coast Convention, as Secretary General.
When asked if the youth wing of the party may carry out the threat of breaking away from the CPP to form their own party he had this to say.
''The party has a history of a radical youth wing who know what they want. Our leaders know the history better than we do. It will be better if they hid to advice and resolve the issue amicably, because this is an issue we can easily resolve before we move into our campaign.''
The party last week Thursday announced that it had suspended Ernesto Yeboah and the General Secretary Nii Armah Akomfrah for ‘acts of indiscipline’.
The suspension comes after the two chided their presidential candidate over his comments on President John Mahama's Ford Expedition gift he accepted from a Burkinabe contractor in 2012 as revealed by Joy News’s Manasseh Azure Awuni.
Presidential candidate of the All People's Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga says he will never be president at the expense of someone's life.
''If people have to die for me to be the President of Ghana, then i will never be the president of the Republic of Ghana,'' he said.
The presidential hopeful said nobody can rule a burning nation neither is politics a tool for violence.
Politicians he opined, should leave a legacy for the next generation; and that legacy he stressed should be peace, unity, and stability.
''We need to leave a legacy for our brothers, sons and great grand children to follow; and if that legacy is violence, then we have failed as a nation.''
Hassan Ayariga who was speaking to a gathering at a peace concert organised by the Methodist Church here in Accra said Ghana can only develop if we embrace the all inclusive governance that be divided along political lines, a situation he emphasized has affected the growth of this country.
''We need each more than the presidency even though we have deserted each other and call it politics; we have abandoned each other and call it democracy; and we abuse power in daily basis and call it protocol. Let's change our attitude and the way we do things,'' and help develop this nation in a united front he underscored.''