The 2016 presidential candidate for the NPP, Nana Akufo Addo has said that he is not coming into government to steal from Ghanaians like the Mahama led administration is doing.
The three times presidential candidate for the elephant family indicated that he will offer Ghanaians incorruptible, transparent and accountable leadership for the people of this country.
We [NPP] are not coming into government to amass wealth for ourselves… we are coming into government to prove to Ghanaians that we have the capability, competence and the track record to manage the economy, Nana Addo noted.
He indicated that he is a leader who frowns on corruption and for that reason, he will not entertain it under his rule if he is sworn in as president.
He said Ghana needs a leader with policies that will make our economy resilient and further boost investor confidence.
I owe my allegiance to the people of Ghana and because of that I must at all times be truthful and accountable to them, I cannot corrupt myself and expect Ghana to transform, Nana Addo stressed.
He spoke in an interview with Kwaku Owusu Frimpong on a special edition of frontline UK as part of his official visit to UK as a special guest at the Annual International Lawyers (ILFA) gala dinner, hosted by the Law Society of England and Wales, where he will deliver the keynote address. He will also on Saturday, November 28, be the Special Guest of Honour at the annual fundraising event being organised by the NPP-UK branch.
He is being accompanied by the wife, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo Executive Assistant, Ms Saratu Atta.
The flagbearer for the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated that he will manage the country with competent and experienced men to enable the country transform.
Speaking with Kwaku Owusu Frimpong on a special edition of frontline in UK, the flagbearer said Ghana cannot transform if we keep incompetent leaders in office and for him as a leader of his party he will be only work with people who have the capacity and capabilities.
According to him running a government is not a joke to allow inexperience and incompetent men to play with.
He described the Mahama led administration as an incompetent and inexperience to manage the economy of this country.
Nana Addo maintained that the legacy of the Kufour led administration has being destroyed by the NDC because of their gross incompetence, massive corruption and misplaced priorities.
I will appoint competent men and women who have excelled in their various fields. The New Patriotic Party have the men and i am convinced that they will help me managed this country for Ghanaians, he noted.
Ghanaians need a leader who is dedicated, committed and selfless, and that the kind of government i will run for this country, he added.
The President John Dramani Mahama in accordance with article 243 (1) of the 1992 constitution and section 10 (1) of Local Government Act, Act 462, has nominated some Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives for various districts across the country.
This was contained in a statement by the Local Government ministry.
The nominees are; Paul Kingsley Averu Aweh for the Asanti Akyem North District Assembly, Yussif Haruna, Offinso South Municipal Assembly, Emmanuel Williams Amoako Sekyere, Kumawu District Assembly, Kwadwo Adei, Sekyere East District Assembly and Kwaku Afrifa Yamoah Ponko for the Ejisu-Juaben Municipal Assembly all in the Ashanti region.
The rest are Francis Kofi Ayikwei Tagoe for Effutu Municipal Assembly and Moses Jehu Appiah representing the Gomoa East District Assembly in the Central region.
Others include George Mensah Akpalu for the West Akim Municipal Assembly, Ben Ohene Ayeh Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly and Kwabena Okyere Kusi for the New Juaben Municipal Assembly in the Eastern region.
The president also nominated Casmir Rockson Addo-Mensah for the Biakoye District Assembly and Peter Worlanyo Abomah for the Hohoe Municipal Assembly in the Volta region.
Protesters in the ongoing NPP #RedFriday alert at the NPP headquarters have asked police personnel who came to provide security at the office to go back since they do not want their protection.
According to Wallace, the protesters claim the event do not need the presence of the police.
The #RedFriday is being organised by the party to speak against the ‘’outrageous’’ raid that hit the party on Monday.
Meanwhile one of the protester is reported to have invoked a curse on some of the executive members.
It remains unclear who that curse was invoked on but Wallace Worlanyo indicates that the atmosphere is charged.
Some elders of the party including the chairman for the council of elders, Mr. CK Tedem, Mr. Haruna Eseku and some others are present at the party office.
Hon. Akoto Osei, a memebr of the finance committee in parliament together with other Minority MPs's are are also present.
The opposition New Patriotic Party has gathered at the national headquarters of the party to speak against the raid that happened at the office on Monday.
The protest dubbed #RedFriday is to drum home the NPP’s call against violence and vandalism.
According to the party, the raid is an attack on Ghana’s democratic principles.
Reporting from the party’s headquarters, Wallace Worlanyo indicated that supporters, executives and leading members of the elephant family dressed in red T-Shirts, bands are currently at the party office chanting songs to speak against the raid.
On Monday, some alleged military men ransacked the NPP office. The police arrested 11 suspects in connection with the raid but they have currently been granted bail to the tune of 10, 000 cedis with sureties.
They will re-appear before court on the 8th December, 2015.
Some members of the party have however accused government of masterminding the raid to paint the NPP black before the public.
Following the call on President Mahama to appoint a running mate before December, some pressure groups within the NDC have started lobbying for their preferred candidates to partner President Mahama in the 2016 presidential race.
A group calling itself Volta Youth for NDC yesterday released a statement calling on President to appoint the Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon. Doe Adjaho as his running mate.
Another group calling itself Concerned Youth Mahama have petitioned President Mahama to appoint the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West, Madam Hannah Tetteh as his running mate to enable the party win the 2016 elections.
According to the group, the former campaign manager for the president in the 2012 general elections, is the ideal candidate to partner President towards victory 2016.
The group also indicated that the Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur is hardly noticed by Ghanaians and do not have public appeal to be able to partner President Mahama.
However the deputy general secretary of the umbrella family has said that such petitions should be ignored.
Many political analyst have advised President Mahama to maintain Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur if he wants to win the 2016 elections.
Below is the full statement by the Concerned Youth for President Mahama
PETITION TO CHOOSE HANNAH TETTEH AS VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR ONE TOUCH VICTORY IN 2016....
We the CONCERNED YOUTH FOR MAHAMA; A grassroots campaign team for JM in 2016 are calling on President H.E John Dramani Mahama to select Hon. Hannah Tetteh as the Vice Presidential Candidate for the 2016 election.
We believe Hannah Tetteh is the most ideal candidate to win us more votes in 2016 due to the following reasons;
1. Amissah Arthur is hardly been noticed in Ghana and doesn't have enough public appeal as he is not liked by many as compared to Hannah Tetteh.
2. The people of Central Region are so much in love with Hannah Tetteh as she won her parliamentary primaries with overwhelming 97% in her constituency.
3. Hannah Tetteh has proven to have a very fantastic working relationship with President Mahama.
4. We will get a good political capital for selecting a woman as vice president which is something our opponents the NPP have never dreamt of. HANNAH TETTEH has a nice public appeal and a very intelligent woman who has performed creditably in her ministerial appointments and helped in the campaign. Let's not forget her efforts towards 2008 & 2012 elections.
It is time to get a woman who will increase our votes in central region and win women activists who are floating voters.
5.His Excellency, if you could remember, one of our own members closely related to your office (Hon.Halidu) spewed vitriols on some section of women in our country.Per our research findings, virtually 60% of women have vowed to register their displeasure at that particular invective by voting against us.To deflate that mess caused, we kindly request of you to deservedly appoint HON. HANNAH TETTEH as the vice presidential candidate for the party in the lead up to the 2016 elections.
6. We have gathered some of our brothers from the volta region calling for Speaker Doe Adjaho. We want to state that their tribal politics will not win us any votes. Besides the people of volta region have been awarded by the NDC government than any other region in terms of projects and influential appointments. The central which contributes significantly to NDC votes can only boast of a Vice President. Any attempt by the party to take this seat from the region will be of great harm to the party.
By these We therefore call on you as a listening president to nominate immediately HON HANNAH TETTEH as the VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE who our grassroots research have proved to be a better candidate than Amissah Arthur and Doe Adjaho and your victory in 2016 will be a "cool chop".
Any attempt to maintain Amissah Arthur will compel us and many well meaning Ghanaians inclusive to withdraw our efforts in the 2016 election.
President John Dramani Mahama is joining other leaders in Malta for the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM Malta 2015).
The theme for CHOGM Malta 2015 is Adding Global Value, which the Commonwealth Secretariat explains is about using its “strengths in international politics to influence and eventually effect change on important global issues.”
CHOGM Malta 2015 will be opened on Friday morning by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, after which President Mahama and his colleagues will begin discussions on how best “to unify the Commonwealth behind an ambitious policy agenda that bequeaths to our young, a life of liberty, dignity and prosperity.”
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 Independent States, which came together after the decolonisation of the British Empire and is headed symbolically by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hanna S. Tetteh (MP), President Mahama while in Malta will also hold discussions with the Prime Minister of Canada, the Prime Minister of New Zealand and the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.
From Malta, President Mahama will travel to Paris, France for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the UN Conference on Climate Change.
Source: Flagstaff House Communications Bureau
The President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi has described the latest report by UK based anti-graft company, Transparency International (TI) as a misplaced report which lacks merit.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Nana Prempeh in response the findings, Mr. Nyantakyi said the so-called report is ‘’senseless, misplaced report and has no merit to be given any attention.’’
Transparency in their latest findings scored the GFA zero on their league table. The report indicated that the FA failed to provide information on their financial accounts, organisational statutes or charter annual activity report and code of conduct or ethics.
According to the group, the GFA was among the most corrupt FA groups in the world because they lacked credibility and transparency in the discharged of their work.
However the GFA President, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi questioned the standards on which TI did their work.
Our standard in Ghana may vary from their standards. At the end of every year, the FA submits our financial statement to congress after its being audited then we file it at the registrar general’s office. That is the law and we have never violated it, he lamented.
According to him, there must be objectivity and an acceptable standard to guide the work by Transparency International.
Mr. Nyantakyi chided journalist for failing to subject the findings to further scrutiny before going by the story.
Commenting on the allegations by TI writing to them, Mr. Nyantakyi said they wrote to us on the 27th October demanding from us to respond to their email on the 30th of October and because we could not reply on the said date, they claim we are corrupt.
We have nothing to hide, we have all the information and documents they are requesting for and we will respond in due time, after all we are not working for TI to tell what to do, he emphasized.
Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi said the GFA is not bound by law to publish information on their website and if TI wants any information they should go the secretariat of the FA.