My topmost priority is to lead NDC to win power in 2024 – Asiedu-Nketiah to delegates

The National Chairman hopeful of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah has listed some key policies he will implement when given the mandate as the National Chairman of the party.

Interacting with delegates in the Bono and Bono East regions ahead of Saturday’s Conference, Mr. Asiedu Nketiah promised that when given the mandate as National Chairman of the party, his first priority will be to win power for the NDC in the 2024 Parliamentary and Presidential elections.

According to him he will put in place all the necessary measures and strategies in order to secure the much-needed victory for the party in the 2024 and subsequent elections.

He also noted that plans are far advanced to revive the Heroes Fund, a fund he created to assist NDC supporters and loyalists who have encountered misfortunes, incapacitations or other forms of deprivations in the course of their service to the party.

According to him, the Heroes Fund will have a very stable source of funding which will ensure that at all times, funds are available for disbursement to the “heroes” of the party.

He also noted that priority will be given to party faithfuls on issues of appointment. He promises to involve the leadership of the party in the appointments to be made by the next NDC government.

Source: Ghana Web

NDC Council of Elders condemns violence at Youth Conference

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Council of Elders, has condemned the violent occurrences that took place during the party’s election of the national youth and women’s organizer in Cape Coast over the weekend.

The party elders are requesting a detailed police report that spell out the events that led to the violence. In addition, the council of elders has admonished the planning committee of the party to have no hesitation to remove any person(s) whose behaviour is not in conformity with the code of conduct of the party.

In a press statement dated December 14, 2022, the elders said that any person found to have breached the party’s code of conduct, whether elected or not will face disciplinary action.

They also demanded a full report on the violence which marred the conference.

“In this regard, the Council has called for a full report of the incidents and any member(s), whether elected or not, found culpable in the breach of the rules prescribed by the Congress Planning Committee or complicit in any of the incidence will take serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Party’s code of discipline.

“The Congress Planning Committee should have no hesitation in removing any person(s) whose behaviour is not conducive to the orderly conduct of the Congress,” the statement said.

The statement further cautioned strict observance of rules and regulations ahead of the national congress scheduled on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

“Council wishes to remind all contestants that acting contrary to laid down rules and regulations will carry severe sanctions including disqualification of any contestant.

“All contestants are reminded that the party stands supreme and this will not be sacrificed for the personal interest of any contestant, delegate or party member,” the statement added.

The Ghana Police Service declared 16 men wanted for their roles in clashes at the just-ended Youth and Women’s Organizer Conference of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

According to a police statement dated December 11, 2022; the sixteen belonged to rival gangs that violently disagreed at the premises of the conference-leading to injuries to six persons and damage to properties.

Their pictures were published along with the release with a police announcement of a GHC10,000 bounty on information leading to the arrest of the said suspects.

Source: Ghana Web

High Court restrains Dormaa Central NDC Executives from National Delegates Congress

The Sunyani High Court has issued a restraining order against the Constituency Executive Members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Dormaa Central Constituency of the Bono Region.

Per the order of the High Court, all the twenty-four Constituency Executive Members in the Dormal Central Constituency have been barred and cannot participate in the National Delegates Congress which is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2022.

The restraining order comes after six aggrieved card-bearing members of the party in the Dormaa Central Constituency petitioned the court to seek two reliefs; “An order to declare the election of the defendants (Constituency Executives) as null and void and a perpetual injunction against the defendants from taking part in the National Delegates Congress.”

A portion of the statement of claim as granted by the court and sighted by this reporter reads:

“An order of a perpetual injunction restraining the 3rd-26th defendants from acting as the Dormaa Central Constituency Executive Members of the National Democratic Congress and also restraining the 3rd – 26th defendants from participating in the National Executive Congress taking part in the National Delegates Congress which would be held on the 10th and 17th December 2022 at Accra.”

According to Peter Mensah, one of the petitioners, they decided to seek redress in court after all attempts for the party to declare the fraudulent constituency election as null and void proved futile.

Citing the absence of the Electoral Commission to supervise and conduct the election, Peter Mensah maintained that, that proves that the purported constituency election contravened the party’s own stipulated guidelines.

“We have always maintained that the purported constituency election was fraudulently organized because the party’s guidelines mandate that the Electoral Commission should supervise the election but that was not the case. Sadly, all efforts for the right thing to be done proved futile so we went to court and we are glad that the court has spoken restraining them from carrying themselves as Executive Members of the National Democratic Congress in the Dormaa Central Constituency and by extension they cannot take part in the National Delegates Congress.”

Meanwhile, all efforts to speak to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the time of filing this report were unsuccessful but independent checks indicate that the restraining order has officially been on the National Democratic Congress (NDC), all Constituency Executive Members and Electoral Commission.

Source: Ghana Web

We’ll speak to Brogya Genfi not to go to court – NDC planning committee member

A member of the planning committee tasked to ensure the peaceful conduct of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) national delegates congress, Ludwig Hlodze, has said that talks are underway to get Brogya Genfi to abandon his quest to challenge the outcome of the recent youth elections.

The defeated candidate, who garnered 503 votes, has alleged that the delegate list was deliberately manipulated to favour the incumbent, George Opare Addo, who eventually won his re-election bid.

According to Brogya Genfi, he was robbed of victory.

The two have since the end of the contest, been engaged in the public hurling of insults at each other, a situation people both within and outside the party say may affect the party’s chances going into the 2024 general elections.

Speaking in an interview with Kumasi-based Oyerepa TV, Ludwig Hlodze said that he is engaging the personalities involved, urging them to remain calm.

“I am surprised the disagreement is between Sammy Gyamfi and Pablo. I have spoken to the two of them to calm tempers because they are all my younger brothers.

“For Brogya Genfi, it’s his constitutional right to seek legal redress over the outcome of the elections but we are talking to him not to do so because of the interest of the party. But let me say that youth have elected an executive now and that is what we will work with until otherwise,” he told the host of Oyerepa TV’s breakfast show, Kwesi Parker-Wilson.

He further explained that the youth elections held at the University of Cape Coast on Saturday, December 10, 2022, was smooth, and that he was happy with the outcome.

“I was at Cape Coast but I can’t tell if the delegate list was manipulated. But as a member of the committee, elections have been held, results have been declared we are satisfied with the outcome of the results. If anyone has issues, should come and let’s discuss,” he said.

Meanwhile Brogya Genfi has served notice that he will head to the court to nullify the results declaring George Opare Addo winner of the elections.

Source: Ghana Web

Asiedu Nketiah owes Ghanaians no apology – Kojo Njourkone

The immediate past Deputy Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC, Hon. Mathew Kojo Njourkone has said that, the demand for an apology by the ruling NPP government from Hon. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah over the 2020 election petition is unwarranted and should be ridiculed.

He noted that if there was such a need at all, it is rather the NPP that must render such an unqualified apology to Ghanaians for shielding Madam Jean Mensah, the Electoral Commissioner from giving evidence as to what happened during the 2020 elections.

“The NPP must also apologise to Ghanaians for taking over from the NDC a healthy economy and sending it to a comatose state” where subsequently not a single Ghanaian will be permitted for employment under the public sector in 2023 under an IMF conditionality. Matters of this nature are the serious bread-and-butter issues that ought to engage our attention.

Hon Njourkone continued that, whatever the fearless General Asiedu Nketiah has said about the collation of 2020 results during his campaign tour is nothing new to the Ghanaian public because he has repeated those facts on several platforms including even the court when he was asked about the election results of the NDC.

“I wish to use this opportunity to give a reminder to our cherished delegates that as the election is getting closer the distractors of the NDC party will deliberately create baseless stories against our impeccable general and hype such falsehoods just to cause disaffection. Hon. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah remains focused on victory and I humbly appeal to delegates to be resolute in support of him,” he said.

Source: Ghana Web

PPP seeks alliance to oust NPP in election 2024

The highest decision-making body of the Progress People’s Party (PPP) has given its approval for the party to form alliances to wrestle power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2024 general elections.

The National Chairman of the PPP, Nana Ofori Owusu announced the party’s decision for the 2024 elections while speaking as a panellist on the discussion segment of the Ghana Yensom morning show hosted by Odehyieba Kofi Essuman on Accra 100.5 FM on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

According to him, the party is open to holding talks with any political party per the directives of the highest decision-making body of the party.

He said the party is open to alliances to oust the NPP in the 2024 general elections.

“We hope to form one strong alliance for the good of the country in the wake of the gross mismanagement and nepotistic tendencies exhibited by the NPP in government,” he charged.

Source: Ghana Web

NDC chairmanship race: I will be very surprised if Asiedu Nketiah wins – Ben Ephson

Pollster, Ben Ephson has said that he will be surprised if the outgoing General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah outs the party’s chairman, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, in the upcoming national elections.

According to Ephson, the results of the NDC’s Women and Youth elections indicates that the party’s delegates are happy with the current national leadership of the party, reports.

He added that the delegates are happy with the performance of the current national executives in the 2020 election and do not see the need for them to be changed.

“…The mood and the level of voting in the women and youth elections send a signal; how do you change a team that has done so well between 2016 and 2020? In 2016, Mahama lost the election by about one million votes. In 2020, he lost by about five hundred and fourteen thousand…and if the trend of voting in the women and youth election is an indicator, I will be very surprised if Asiedu Nketiah wins,” he said.

The pollster, however, indicated that the recently leaked audio of Asiedu Nketiah has won him some points with some of the party’s delegates.

“And the audio of Asiedu Nketiah has done him no good. It has only put him out as somebody you will sacrifice the party’s overall benefit for his own personal and selfish gain,” he said.

On the tape recording that went viral, Asiedu Nketiah alleged that the party didn’t have concrete evidence during the 2020 election petition to the Supreme Court because of the failure of the Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.

Asiedu Nketiah, affectionately called ‘General Mosquito’ who appeared to be talking to some NDC members in a closed-door meeting, could be heard accusing and blaming the chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, for the party’s shoddy work in relation to the election petition.

He stated categorically that he denied having the results when he stood in the dock during cross-examination at the Supreme Court because the NDC had no evidence to back their claim, and if he hadn’t denied it, he would have been disgraced.

Asiedu Nketiah further revealed that lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, who defended the party, had earlier refused to stand for the NDC because of the lack of concrete evidence but decided to defend the party after the petition was reviewed.

The party’s national elections are slated for Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Candidates will be contesting for various positions, including the National Chairman, National Vice-Chairmen, General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, National Organiser, and Deputy National Organiser, as well as the National Treasurer and Deputy National Treasurer.

Others are the National Communications Officer and Deputy, and the National Zongo Caucus Coordinator.

The current National Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, is expected to face stiff competition from the outgoing General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, for the chairmanship position.

Source: Ghana Web