The Convention People's Party (CCP) has announced their decision to opt out of the upcoming Abuakwa North by-election.
The election was necessitated by the death of the late MP, Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu was gruesomely murdered at his Shiashie residence here in Accra.
A statement by the CPP said their decision to opt out of the upcoming election ''is strictly informed by our Party's analysis of the situation.”
However, the CPP served notice that it will “contest the seat in the general elections in November.”
A statement signed by the Director of Communications for the CPP, Kadiri Abdul Rauf Issifu said “We continue to mourn with the people of Abuakwa North and the NPP. It is our prayer that finality would be brought to the unfortunate murder of the late MP by ensuring justice is served.''
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) were the first to opt out of the race with a statement signed by the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah saying ''The NDC is of the opinion that the scar of grief and sorrow emanating from such barbaric act would take a longer time to heal, and it would be appropriate to desist from any act that has the tendency to aggravate the pain that J.B’s family has been subjected to.
“We wish to indicate that we share in the grief and trauma the late Member of Parliament’s family, constituents and indeed the nation are going through. Therefore it would be insensitive and unsympathetic on the part of the NDC leadership and followers to actively participate in such by-election.''
But the NPP believes, the move by the NDC is to escape embarrassment because they will lose disgracefully in the race following their abysmal performance in the region and Ghana at large.
Executive member of the Movement for Change, Jennifer Queen accused the NDC of crying more than the bereaved and has challenged the the NDC to contest in the race if they really wish to maintain their so-called agenda 50-50.
Ghanaian female gospel musician, Patience Nyarko has lambasted the VGMA board for nominating SP Kofi Sarpong in album of the year category.
According to her, the board erred in nominating his colleague singer.
The organizers of the VGMAs, Charter House, scraped the gospel album of the year for this year's awards ceremony because it failed to have between two to three series of hit songs on it.
However, SP Kofi Sarpong's 'I Believe' album made it onto the Album of the Year category, but Patience Nyarko is of the opinion that, although she is in support of the scrapping of the gospel album of the year because the gospel musicians failed to promote two or three hit songs, SP Sarpong does not qualify to be nominated onto that category.
Speaking in an interview with Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment, the "W’afom Kwan" hit maker said, SP Kofi Sarpong's 'I Believe' album did not also promote three hit songs hence it was not good for him to gain nomination.
Patient Nyarko posited, ''someone is favouring somebody because none of the gospel musicians were able to promote two or three hit songs on their album...No gospel musician qualified to be nominated in the gospel album or the overall album of the year category, so why should SP Sarpong to be nominated...I am not her to pretend or lie to gain favour from anyone; My own album failed to promote two to three hits and my colleagues alike...So why should the VGMA board nominate SP Sarpong if not for a favour being done someone,'' she stressed.
Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has restated his position for a credible polls come November 7, 016.
As part of his message to Ghanaians on this special 59th Independence Day Celebrations, the former justice minister said ''As we head to the polls, in this election year, it is important that we all work together, with our public institutions, to ensure that we have a level electoral playing field. We want free, fair and credible elections whose outcomes will be readily accepted by all. That is the best guarantee of the peace, stability and democracy of our country,'' Nana Addo wrote on his facebook wall.
According to him, Ghana is in crisis after 59 years of independence despite the natural resouyrces we are blessed with as a nation.
He indicated, Ghana is currently going through severe hardship, unemployment, collapsed businesses with widespread despondency.
However, he admonished Ghanaians not to despair because the situation will change and further encouraged citizens to believe in Ghana to rise and work again.
On behalf of the leadership and membership of the New Patriotic Party, I wish all Ghanaians a Happy Independence Anniversary celebration.
On this momentous occasion, it is critical that we take stock of what we have done with our freedom, and where we are now as a nation. Our forebears who fought to liberate us from colonial rule believed that freedom is the primary end, as well as the means to development, with the well-being of each and every individual as both the goal and means of development.
It is unfortunate, however, that fifty-nine (59) years after gaining our independence, Ghana, a country blessed with an abundance of human and natural resources, is in a crisis – evidenced in widespread despondency, brought about by severe hardships, rising cost of living, high levels of youth unemployment, collapsed businesses, unprecedented strikes, demonstrations and increasing poverty. Surely, this is not the vision of Ghana our ancestors had hoped for.
Let us, however, not despair and lose hope in the ability of our nation to offer her citizens a decent livelihood. Let us stride into the future confident that we will make it if we work at it. I am confident that we can transform our nation and use all the blessings that the Almighty has bestowed on us to bring prosperity to all our people. We can do it. God did not put us on this rich land to be poor. It is bad leadership that makes us poor.
Let us believe in Ghana and do what is right by our nation, and thereby fulfil the dreams and aspirations of those far-sighted individuals who initiated the steps for our national freedom and independence.
As we head to the polls, in this election year, it is important that we all work together, with our public institutions, to ensure that we have a level electoral playing field. We want free, fair and credible elections whose outcomes will be readily accepted by all. That is the best guarantee of the peace, stability and democracy of our country.
I salute and wish the people of Ghana a happy 59th Independence Anniversary.
God bless Ghana! God bless us all
A young man believed to be in in his thirtees Kwabena James was allegedly caught this afternoon sleeping with a mentally challenged woman at Afrefreso, a village around Atebubu in the Brong Ahfo region.
Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Apam Joseph said, Kwabena James was seen luring the mentally challenged woman into his room which surprised residents in the area.
The residents according to the reports forced Kwabena James' door opened and upon entering, he was allegedly seen having sex with the mentally challenged woman.
One other funny aspect of the story, Apam Joseph said, the mentally challenged woman rushed out of Kwabena's room laughing.
Traditional authorities claim, the incident is an abomination therefore some rights may have to be performed to sanctify the area.
A 27 year old teacher at Kwame Agyeikrom in the Bia West District of the Western region, Mr. Omar was nearly beaten to death after he lured his student to abort her pregnancy which was responsible for.
Reporting the incident to Nynakonton Mu Nseem, Appiah Richard said, the teacher had had an intimate relationship with one of his student resulting in a pregnancy which Mr. Omar claimed was not ready to take responsibility for.
He allegedly gave a concoction to the student Ophelia Donkor, 17 to drink to terminate the pregnancy, but the student in an attempt to drink the medicine was caught at home by the parent who required from her why she was drinking the mixture.
The family according to the reports went to the house of Omar wielding knifes, clubs, cutlasses and guns to attack the teacher.
It took the time intervention of some neighbours to foil the attack otherwise he may have died, Appiah Righteous added.
However, the suspects are on the run while the victim, Omar is on admission at the hospital.
A middle aged woman, Adiza has allegedly slashed her husband's penis multiple times over infidelity.
According to reports filed by Abubakar Nuhu, the victim, Abdul Karim Mumuni, 45 was attacked in his sleep by the wife with a sharp who attempted cut off the penis.
Adiza according to our reporter said the husband kept on stealing her money from her trading activities to sleep around with prostitutes.
The suspect is reported to have slashed the penis of the husband with a sharp knife when he was fast asleep, however the victim who is currently at the hospital was drunk.
Adiza is currently under police custody assisting with investigations.
A political science lecturer at the Methodist University College, Dr. Osei says Ghana's challenges and underdevelopment is due to the incompetence of successive governments after Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
According to him, Ghana has under utilized our natural resources leaving it in the hands of foreigners who have rather benefited financially.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on what Ghana has achieved after 59 years of Independence, the political science lecturer said there is nothing much to celebrate because our leaders after the Independence era had failed us by their incompetent style of leadership.
In his view, Ghana could have developed much better than now if we had leaders whose focus is to deliver on programs and policies that could have utilized our natural resources.
Dr. Osei Bonsu added, Ghana is currently practicing an election form of governance and not an administrative government.
He posited, the aim of government now and in the past is focused on how to win power, and not to develop this country.
He stressed, until that mentality is changed, Ghana will continue to lack behind.
Gospel musician, Nicholas Omane Acheampong has said that, the decision by the board of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards to scrap the gospel album of the year is because the organizers, Charter House is not gaining financially from the gospel genre.
Charter House scraped the gospel album of the year award from the categories this year because all the gospel albums of the year released this season failed to make entries into the category this year due the fact that, the albums, failed to produce three major hits the year under review.
But Nicholas Omane Acheampong speaking with Agyemang Prempeh on the GH Entertainment Show, said, the reason given by the board and organizers is neither here or there.
He said categorically that, the organizers are making any gains from the gospel genres like the secular songs.
Throwing more light on his reasons, he told host that, if care is not taken, Charter House may gradually scrap the gospel song category award from the prestigious ceremony.
In his view, the problem facing gospel artiste and the reason why their songs is not making the needed impact like the secular songs can also be blamed on how, the church itself treats these songs.
Nicccholas Omane Acheampong added, gospel artiste and musicians cannot and should not blame the organizers there in for business and in order to raise enough revenue to enable them sustain the program, they will continue to focus more on the secular songs than the gospel songs.