‘The election of the National Youth Organiser is far from over’ – Brogya Genfi refuses to concede

Mr Brogya Genfi, a National Youth Organiser aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who lost in Saturday’s congress, said the rules and regulations governing the elections must be respected and not skewed to the advantage of any candidate.

“For the records, the election of the National Youth Organiser is far from over,” he said in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday.

He said the processes leading to the 10th National Youth and Women’s Conference was fraught with manipulation of the delegates’ list to favour the incumbent.

“I sincerely think that the Party must take concrete steps to ensure that our rules and regulations are respected and not skewed to the advantage of anybody,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to all youth delegates of the NDC who converged at the University of Cape Coast over the weekend for the 2022 National Youth conference for their support.

“Ayekoo to all those who accepted my message of Leadership of Courage and voted for me, as well as those who did not,” he said.

“To my teeming supporters, admirers and the rank and file of the Party who desired for a change in the youth leadership, I say thank you to you all,” he said.

Source: Ghana Web

NDC Youth Leader vote: How Pablo won but lost to Brogya Genfi

First was in 2018 and then in 2022, two consecutive electoral faceoffs and George Opare Addo has come tops against Brogya Genfi in the race for the National Youth Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

With a first-past-the-post rule determining the winner, Opare Addo’s 533 votes against the 508 Genfi got meant that the difference between both men was 25 votes.

Genfi came into the race with two big endorsements, that of the NDC’s National Communications Director and Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sammy Gyamfi and Sam Nartey George respectively.

But even as Opare Addo’s camp jubilates, what are the hard facts from the December 11 declaration as against the first clash between the two men?

GhanaWeb pulled up the results from the 2018 vote that had three contenders. The two men and a third in the person of Wonder Madilo.

At the end of the vote, the results were as follows:

George Opare Addo = 523

Ernest Yaw Brogya Genfi = 396

Wonder Madilo = 74

Juxtapose that with the current figures as recorded at the Examinations Hall of the University of Cape Coast during the National Youth Organizer and Women’s Organizer Conference, and it is clear that beyond the results lie a certain reality.

Opare Addo moved from 523 to 533 votes to secure reelection whereas Genfi went from 396 to 508. In principle both men made gains. The difference in their scores over the two electoral cycles tells a different story.

Pablo added a paltry 10 votes over the last four years whiles Genfi added a whooping 112 votes to his total from 2018.

The extent to which the endorsements he received as indicated above could have influenced the big leap, is the subject of research as noted by a PhD student from the University of Ghana in a tweet.

From the foregoing, Opare Addo won the race in principle but when one crunches the numbers vis-à-vis 2018 vs. 2022, it is clear that he “lost” to Brogya Genfi.

Pablo defeats Genfi again

There were tense moments during the counting of votes as supporters of both candidates sang and danced amid claims of having won the vote.

Opare Addo’s elected deputies are Osman Abdulai Ayariga and Ruth Dela Sedorm.

The conference took place a week clear from the National Executives Congress slated for the Accra Sports Stadium. It will lead to the election of officers to run the affairs of the party into the 2024 elections.

Source: Ghana Web

Jomoro NDC case petitioner files appeal against ruling

The petitioner in the Jomoro parliamentary election case has appealed the ruling of the Sekondi High Court at the court of appeal after the case against the Member of Parliament for the Jomoro Constituency, Dorcas Affo-Toffey, was dismissed last month.

He said the court erred when it held that by Article 48 of the Ivorian Nationality Code, the 1st respondent’s letter to the Ivorian authorities, dated January 24, 2019, was evidence of the loss of her Ivorian nationality.

The Sekondi High Court, presided over by Justice Dr. Richmond Osei Hwere, dismissed the case on November 21, 2022.

Joshua Emuah Kofie, the petitioner, had petitioned the court to challenge the eligibility of the MP to contest as a representative of the people in the constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on grounds that she had multiple nationalities, including American and Ivorian citizenships, which is against the 1992 Constitution.

The Sekondi High Court, presided over by Justice Dr. Richmond Osei Hwere, dismissed the case on the grounds that the MP was eligible to contest as she lost her Ivorian citizenship at the same time she acquired her Ghanaian citizenship.

In regards to her American citizenship, the MP denied having American citizenship.

However, the petitioner has prayed to the court of appeal to overturn the ruling.

According to Dailyguide, the petitioner is dissatisfied with the ruling, as it was against the weight of the evidence and there was also an error of law.

He indicated that Article 48 and title “V’ of the code make express provision for declaration, not the letter.

“There was no evidence of any such declaration having been made by the 1st respondent.”

“When 1st respondent, on her own showing and from the evidence adduced, had been a Ghanaian from birth and could not now be taking on Ghanaian nationality,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web

Elections are about ballots not bullets – NPP youth chastises NDC over violence at conference

The National Youth Wing of the governing New Patriotic Party ( NPP) has condemned the violent conduct of some National Democratic Congress (NDC) during the party’s Youth and Women Conference held at the University of Cape Coast(UCC), Cape Coast last Saturday, December 10, 2022.

In a statement dated December 12, 2022, and signed by NPP’s National Youth Organiser, Salam Mustapha, he described the images and videos of the violence as both shocking and disturbing, adding that it is hard to understand the reason for the violence at a conference of that nature.

The statement also expressed disappointment that the leadership of the NDC has not condemned its members and apologized for the misconduct of its members.

“It is difficult to comprehend how a supposed-to-be conference to elect leadership for their wings, will witness a gathering of gun cum machete-wielding thugs and vigilantes at the precincts of UCC, an intellectual hub. Elections are about ballots and not bullets,” the statement said in part.

The NPP Youth Wing then called on the police to pursue and arrest all persons involved in the violence and prosecute them to deter others engaging in the same misconduct.

Videos of the violence at the conference in Cape Coast show people engaged in fights, hurling chairs and other objects at one another. Gunshots were also reportedly heard. Notwithstanding, the conference took place and the leadership for the youth and women of the NDC were elected.

Source: Ghana Web

Pablo explains what caused confusion at NDC youth, women’s elections

The National Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has explained what led to the confusion during the women and youth leadership elections at the party’s 10th Women and Youth Conference at the University of Cape Coast.

Speaking in an interview on Power FM, which was monitored by GhanaWeb, George Opare Addo, who is popularly known as Pablo, said that the election was delayed because of issues surrounding the eligibility of some of the delegates who were to take part in the elections.

He explained that there were issues with some delegates who had been barred from taking part in the elections by court orders, as well as the leadership of student groups that had intentionally not held their elections.

According to him, there was a court order barring three executives from the Eastern Region, the regional youth organiser and his two deputies, from taking part in the election, but his opponent was saying that all the executives from the region, including the constituency executives, were not to take part in the elections.

He, however, indicated that the issues raised were resolved with the help of the party’s lawyers, who were present, and the organisers of the conference, allowing the elections to continue.

“They made a lot of demands, which I accepted; my only demand was that I was not going to accept their move to exclude executives from three constituencies in the Eastern Region because they were misinterpreting the court order.

“And that one was based on facts, law. Because the law did not say that they should not be allowed to vote. The law stated those who were barred from voting, and they were the regional organiser and his two deputies,” he said in Twi.

He added that in the Greater Accra Region, some of the names on the voters’ registers had to be taken out, and the two parties to the youth elections came to an agreement for the elections to proceed.

Pablo was the eventual winner of the NDC’s youth organiser position, but the election was marred by violence.

The Ghana Police Service has even declared 16 people who were involved in the violence during the election, wanted.

Source: Ghana Web

Volta Regional NDC Youth wing congratulates George Opare Addo, deputies for winning election

The Volta regional Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sent out words of congratulations to George Opare Addo following his re-election as the National Youth Organiser of the party.

In a statement issued by Mathias Alagbo, the Volta Regional Youth Organiser, it said that they were excited at the win and that they would continue to offer their support to the work of the party executive.

The statement also sent congratulations to the elected Deputy National Organisers, Osman Ayariga and Ruth Seddoh.

Read the full statement below:

I write on behalf of the Volta Regional Youth wing of the NDC to convey our heartfelt congratulations to Lawyer George Opare Addo (Pablo) for emerging victorious as the National Youth Organizer in the just ended National Youth and Women conference held in Cape Coast over the weekend.

We extend same congratulations to Comrade Osman Ayariga and Comrade Ruth Seddoh on their election as Deputy National Youth Organisers.

We salute and appreciate the sportsmanship of other aspirants who contested and fell short of winning. Undoubtedly the NDC has won and together we are strong and ready for the task of winning elections 2024.

We wish to warmly commend our delegates who travelled from far and near and who sacrificed their time and comfort to ensure the conference was a success.

Now, we wish to offer to our retained National Youth Organizer and Deputies, iron clad assurances of our absolute support and cooperation as they lead the Youth wing of our great NDC party into the must win 2024 elections.

As a result, we urge Comrade George Opare Addo and his Deputies to as a matter of urgency, ignore all distractions and unite our front so as to build a rock solid youth wing ready for the task of wrestling power from the tyrannical NPP regime which remains crucial for the political liberation and socio-economic empowerment of our youth.

Source: Ghana Web

NDC Youth Forum urges delegates to vote for Elvis Afriyie Ankrah

With few days until the elections of the National Executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the NDC Youth Forum has urged the delegates to massively vote for NDC’s diadem- Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, as the next General Secretary of the great party.

“We are convinced that Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah is reliable and dependable who can lead the team to deliver a resounding victory for us, come December 2024”, according to a statement issued and signed by the Secretary of the Group, Osman Iddrisu Banpuori.

The statement said, Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah’s impeccable track record is there for everyone to reference, adding that “we know the delegates are going to reciprocate by voting for him. We know his win is for you and the great party. We are therefore urging all the delegates to vote for him.”

“We have traveled the length and breathe in this country and we have at the back of our minds the promises and the assurances you have continued to give us and this weekend will be the time for you to put these promises and assurances into action” it said.

“We so far commend Hon Elvis Afriyie Ankrah for a clean campaign devoid of casting insinuations but rather selling out what you plan doing to our great party when you finally get the nod” it said.

The statement said, it is an undeniable fact that the teaming youths and supporters of the party are yearning for the kind of change and leadership that you would bring to the party, which would shape the original principles and values that would usher us into victory come 2024.

Source: Ghana Web

This should be the last time – Sam George sends strong warning to Pablo

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George, has berated the National Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), George Opare Addo (Pablo), for accusing him of influence peddling.

In a post shared on Facebook on Tuesday (December 13), the MP said that Opare Addo is accusing him of influence peddling because he declared his support for Yaw Brogya Genfi in the party’s youth organiser election but he (Pablo) also solicited the support of other MPs.

He added that Pablo had forgotten about the support he gave him in previous elections he had stood for.

“Let me serve notice to him that others he attacks may choose to be silent but not Sam George. This should be the last time he goes anywhere and runs his loose mouth on my person.

“Today, he calls me an influence peddler! I do not blame him. When in 2008, I wrote all his campaign speeches because he was not connecting with his electorates, I guess I was peddling influence. What has he achieved that I would be jealous of?

“When you sent a camera crew to Parliament seeking endorsement of my colleague MPs, were they also influence peddlers? You claim to be a democrat but are pained that others have exercised their fundamental democratic right of choice? Is everything okay with you?” parts of the post read.

The MP also accused Pablo of winning the NDC youth organiser position only because he disenfranchise eligible delegates.

Pablo, in an interview on Neat FM, accused Sam George of being an influence peddler with no credibility.

“People like Sam George thought they had credibility but clearly the results have shown that they are people without any credibility, their influences don’t matter to anything.

“Going forward they should excuse themselves because the party doesn’t belong to them. Sam George lacks credibility,” he said in Twi.

The party’s women and youth leadership elections were held on Saturday, December 10, with George Opare Addo, and the National Women’s Organiser, Dr. Hannah Bissiw, retaining their positions.

The elections were, however, marred by violence and the Ghana Police Service has declared 16 people who were involved wanted.

Source: Ghana Web