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Free Mahama Maths Sets Pop Up In Asuogyaman

Students of the  Boso, Anum, Apegusu, Akwamuman and Adjena Senior High Schools in the Asuogyaman Distric in the Eastern region have received free mathematical sets.

We Goofed - Effah-Dartey On NPP Security Training

Captain (rtd) Nkrabeah Effah-Dartey (Rtd) has said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) the circumstances surrrounding the importation of three South African ex-police officers to train the security personnel of its flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia could have been handled well.

According to him, the approach was ‘wrongfully’ planned adding that the NPP had become a laughing stock for their own decision.

"May be we could have done it better by getting some retired Ghanaian officers to do the training", the former Berekum MP told Kwesi Aboagye on Neat FM. 

He noted that the decision for the party to beef up their security ahead of the November polls was “perfect”, but the timing was absolutely wrong.

Captain (rtd) Effah-Dartey, a lawyer and a former Deputy Minister for Interior  further stated that training someone on how to handle weapons is not limited to only the military.

“Other persons who are qualified and licensed can do same. The NPP could have employed a retired Ghanaian officer to do the job, but it is a matter of choice. We goofed,” he added.

Mahama, NDC Sponsoring UPP - Odike Admits

Founder of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addae 'Odike' has been caught on tape loudly bragging about the support he enjoys from the President John Mahama and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), to do their bidding, ahead of the 2016 general elections, according to adomonline.

In a 10 minutes conversation wtih a defector of his party, Gideon, Mr. Odike openly declared that he has received assurances from the President and the NDC that he would received massive funding and that other lesser political parties with similar agenda cannot compare themselves to him.

There had been allegations in the past that Mr. Odike was being bankrolled by the NDC and President Mahama, but the Kumasi-based businessman had always been quick to douse the allegations, claiming he was a man of his own.

However, a conversation captured on a tape between him and one Gideon, who was said to be a member of the UPP but also defected, appears to have given him and his conspirators.

The UPP founder, one the tape, also issued word of caution to his former General Secretary, Razak Kojo Opoku, who defected to the newly Hassan Ayariga, former presidential candidate of the People’s national Convention (PNC), threatening to deal drastically with him for spreading false rumours about the UPP.

There were recent reports of moves by some leading members of the UPP to remove Mr. Odike as the flagbearer for the party, a situation which Mr. Odike is fiercely resisting.

Odike complained bitterly that he has been receiving calls from the General Secretary of the ruling NDC, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who is worried about the turn of events as far as the UPP.

The Kumasi-based business magnates conversation also appeared to complicit the Electoral Commission (EC), asserting that the electoral body has been updating him on all the machinations by some individuals to sabotage him and the NDC agenda to use him as a decoy in the run up to the elections.

We'll Go Ahead To Train Party Security Despite Setback - NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has  stated that  the training of the party’s security personnel would go ahead despite the interference by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

A special training  for the party’s security personnel was interrupted after the three South African ex-cops who were conducting  the exercise were arrested, charged for court but hurriedly deported on Tuesday morning before the court could decide on the  criminal charges.

Notwithstanding this setback, the NPP is not going to give up the training of its security personnel.

Speaking on JOY FM,  Communications Director, Nana Akomea, indicated that, "the departure of the South Africans will not affect the party's plans in bringing up to speed, the training requirements for security people. That would go ahead" adding that the party's security directorate were working towards that.

 

Lawyer for Captain Koda (rtd) hits back at Interior Ministry over 3 South African Nationals

RESPONSE TO STATEMENT BY PROSPER BANI, MINISTER FOR INTERIOR

The attention of Captain Edmund Koda (rtd) has been drawn to a statement released in the evening of Monday, March 28, by the Minister for Interior, Prosper Bani, titled “Arrest of 3 South African Nationals”.


 

In the era where the Mahama Government continues to justify the unjustifiable, and our security agencies blatantly flout an order of the court, we are not surprised that a Minister, who is mandated to ensure internal security, as well as the maintenance of law and order in the country, would also join the fray and spew palpable falsehoods in the bid to link the NPP and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to violence.

The following false statements were made by the Minister which we wish to correct:

Bani: “As a young officer, Captain Koda had been involved in the AFRC regime. Following accusations of corruption he was convicted together with a colleague and incarcerated in the Ussher Fort Prison.”

Fact: Yes, Captain Edmund Koda was involved in the uprising of June 4, 1979, which brought the AFRC regime into power. He was a member of the pre-trial investigation team. He and other members of the team were accused of having embezzled funds and were tried twice on the same charges by the ‘People’s Court’. On both occasions, Captain Koda was acquitted and discharged. He was, however, imprisoned in the Ussher Fort prison. Indeed, the Chairman of the AFRC, Flt. Lt. J.J Rawlings demanded their release in November 1979, a request which was refused by the Liman government.

Captain Koda, and his other colleagues, eventually broke jail and sought political asylum in the United Kingdom. The Francois Commission, headed by Appeal Court Judge, Justice Francois, was set up to investigate the jail break. At the hearings of the Commission, Squadron Leader Dagbe, the President of the People’s Court, admitted that Captain Koda had been acquitted and discharged at the trial on the charges of “embezzlement”. Captain Koda has never been convicted of corruption as is being claimed by the Minister of Interior. Refer to Francois Commission report which is available at the Supreme Court Library. Perhaps, it is equally unsurprising that a simple check of official records to confirm basic facts is also fraught with incompetence.

Bani: “Captain Koda’s current arrest comes on the heels of a previous security alert in 2014, after his name popped up in a National Security investigation of the activities of some Serbian nationals who were brought into the country to train selected people drawn from across the country in the art of civil insurrection. A training dubbed “Assaulting the pillars of power”.

Fact: This is the most ludicrous of all the statements made by the Interior Minister. For the avoidance of doubt, Captain Koda did not meet any Serbian in 2014 or any other time, let alone engage the services of Serbian nationals, or any other persons, to train Ghanaians in the art of “civil insurrection”, which is a treasonable offence. The only Serbian Captain Koda knows is the former coach of the Black Stars. Is it not curious that Captain Koda, since 2014, has been walking a free man and has not been invited for questioning by National Security or the BNI on this serious charge? Is the Minister saying that our country’s security would allow a man who has attempted to destabilize the country walk free? Indeed, Captain Koda was in the custody of the BNI? Why was he not charged or questioned on this Serbian issue? Why did he only learn of this matter from the Minister’s statement?

This is not the kind of conduct expected from a Minister of Interior. We are surprised that a high ranking member of government would lend himself to being used for this kind of propaganda. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. The Mahama government is obsessed with trying to tag the NPP, and, indeed, Nana Akufo-Addo, with violence, with no shred of evidence. Indeed, the terrorists and mercenaries which this government claimed had been imported by the NPP have been deported during the pendency of the case and without being subjected to trial.

Nana Akufo-Addo has spent his adult life fighting, not with weapons of destruction or war, but his courage, his patriotism, his mouth, his sense of justice, and his love for freedom, democracy and development in Ghana. No amount of propaganda can take away that fact.

We continue to urge the people of Ghana to ignore the claims made by the Minister of Interior against Captain Koda as merely coming from a desperate government clutching at any and everything to advance a dubious and ultimately embarrassing, self-defeating political agenda.

……signed……
Nana Asante Bediatuo
Lawyer for Captain Koda

If Nana Addo tries anything funny to destabilize the state, he shall be jailed – Koku Anyidoho

“Just because one man wants to be president, Ghana should burn if he doesn’t get what he wants, he should make a move and see what will happen to him, Nana Addo will find himself in the cells if he tries anything funny…we are keeping a close eye on him,” says Koku Anyidoho.


 

This was a direct message to NPP’s flagbearer who had over the weekend said if he was violent he would have caused Ghana to burn after the 2012 election result. Nana Addo who was addressing party faithfuls in Kumawu during the Easter holidays.

According to Mr Anyidoho, NDC’s Deputy General Secretary, Nana Addo is building a “war machine” with the aim of plunging the country into war when he loses the 2016 elections. He told Accra based Rainbow Radio in a telephone interview on Tuesday morning that NPP’s flagbearer knows the reality and is struggling to accept what is awaiting him, hence the decision to import mercenaries to cause mayhem.

Mr. Anyidoho who spoke on several other radio stations accused Nana Addo of trying to cover up after he had been exposed. He claimed the NPP and Nana Akufo Addo’s agenda is to create fear by throwing bombs and blame it on the two GTMO detainees in Ghana to make government and the ruling party unpopular.

“Nana Addo cannot dissociate himself from NPP-sponsored violence because he belongs to a party that has a history of violence, but thank God he and his NPP have been exposed”, Koku Anyidoho told Adom Fm on the breakfast show.

“If Today Akufo Addo is importing mercenaries in connection and conjunction with the Danquah Institute and Capt. Koda, who doesn’t know Capt Koda and his attempted coup, broke jail, went into exile, came back when amnesty was granted, why won’t I be careful and alarmed?” Mr Anyidoho asked.

He further said the NPP leader plans to establish a militia but said any negative agenda will be foiled.

The NPP has admitted it invited the suspects but their leader Ahmed Shaik HAZIS in a rather contradictory statement says he personally brought in the other two.

During interrogation, Captain Kwesi Acquah, owner of the Delta Force Security company also denied claims that he invited the South Africans. He told the BNI that Head of Nana Akufo-Addo’s security, Captain (rtd) Edmund Kojo Koda, just requested to use his facility

The trio have since been deported to South Africa after languishing in the cells of the BNI for the past one week.

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NPP Wins Almost 90% In Abuakwa North By-Election

New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, Mrs. Gifty Twum Ampofo, has been declared the winner of the Abuakwa North by-election held today, March 29, 2016.

She polled a total of 10,033 which represent 89.60% of valid votes cast to beat her two contestants, Samuel Frimpong of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) and Isaac Kwartey of the United Front Party (UFP).

The GFP candidate polled 263 representing 2.35% while the UFP candidate polled 901 representing 8.05%.

The ruling  National Democratic Congress (NDC) decided not to field a candidate in the by-election which became necessary after the  Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, J.B Danquah-Adu was gruesomely murdered.

 

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Akufo-Addo Turns 72 Today

Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is 72 years old today.

The three-three flagbearer will be the oldest Ghana president ever if he wins the upcoming November 7 presidential elections.

Primenews.com.gh wishes him a happy birthday and the best of luck in all his endeavours.

Nana Akufo-Addo and wife, Rebecca

NDC Is Using Americans To Train Bodyguards - Ken Agyapong

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has contracted some Americans to train young men to serve as security detail for the party in the upcoming general elections, Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong has alleged.

NPP Accusations Are Malicious And Wicked - Gov't

Government has reacted to the opposition new Patriotic Party's (NPP) accusations that it was deliberately plotting an attack on NPP Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo and his running-mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

In a statement, the government described the NPP's assertions as malicious, wicked and false.

Please read the full statement below:

NPP's MALICIOUS AND WICKED ALLEGATIONS TO JUSTIFY THE UNTHINKABLE

Government has learnt of a press conference organised by the New Patriotic Party at which its Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay alleged that the three South Africans and two Ghanaians arrested for activities deemed prejudicial to the security of the country were brought in, in response to an NDC-government plot to attack their presidential and vice presidential candidates.

Without prejudice to the outcome of investigations and legal processes, we wish to state as follows;

1. The claim made by Freddie Blay defies comprehension. It is both false and malicious.
This is the most puerile defence ever attempted in a serious matter as this one.

We note that since news broke of the arrest of the individuals, the NPP has rendered rumbling and incoherent responses in a bid to escape the widespread condemnation and public opprobrium they have suffered. This wicked lie, however is the most ridiculous yet and only reflects the desperation arising out of lack of leadership that has beset the NPP.

The NPP has demonstrated over the years that it prefers violence and chaos as means of addressing disputes even within their party. This has been on display over the past few years.

Leading functionaries of the NPP including their flagbearer are also on record to have made incendiary statements seeking to incite violence for purposes of attaining political power. Mr Akufo-Addo’s call for his party youth to resort to violence in his infamous “all die be die” war cry is a case in point and is not lost on Ghanaians.

President John Mahama has a proven track record of peaceful conduct and never in his political life has he encouraged violence in contrast to Mr Akufo-Addo.
The sterile attempt therefore, by the NPP to extricate itself from this potentially nation-wrecking manoeuvre through wicked-dark lies has failed.
Government is not and will never be afflicted by the intractable disease of 'hankering-after-violence'.

2. Government reiterates its commitment to taking all necessary steps to ensure the security of our people and borders and commends the country’s security agencies for their vigilance and swift action which led to the apprehension of these individuals.

We note that months before this incident they had also arrested persons transporting or possessing substantial caches of ammunition in Kumasi and Aflao. We will continue to extend the necessary assistance to the security agencies to enable them carry out their functions in a more efficient and effective manner.

3. We are also encouraged by the profuse and widespread expression of national revulsion and outrage at these attempts by the NPP to undermine our collective peace and security.

We wish all Ghanaians happy Easter and urge them to exercise restraint and caution during the period in order to avert any excesses.

Signed:
EDWARD K. OMANE BOAMAH (DR.)
(Minister)

NDC Behind National Security Harassments - NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the government of hiding behind the  national security apparatus to harass the party.

Speaking on JOYNEWS on Friday, acting Nationa Chairman, Freddy Blay said, “We are definitely under siege by NDC backed by the national security apparatus who are literally harassing our membership and officers for no good reason".

The accusation comes on the heels of Thursday evening's  raid of the pro-NPP think tank, Danquah Institute  and the arrest of  some of the party's officials in connection with the three South African security trainers.

But Mr Blay  who felt these incidents were deliberate,  noted the attacks were disturbing individual party  members and "it's definitely not good for democracy in the country”.

"We are definitely at a lost as to why the security have decided to be extremely militant and harassing the main opposition party and its officers in the country”, he added.

The acting National Chairman hinted of a meeting by the party's leadership to deliberate on the the recent events involving the NPP and the National Security.

The meeting among other things, he  said,  would also explore how best to liase with the Ghana Police Service on how to deal with the lawless acts against the party

 

 

Kufuor Is Smart And Dignified - Afriyie Ankrah

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor is one of Ghana’s most dignified politicians, according to former Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah.

Speaking to Bola Ray on Starr Chat on Starr FM Wednesday, Mr Afriyie Ankrah, currently a Minister of State at the Presidency, praised the former president for his smartness adding that, he had immense respect for the former Ghanaian leader.

“President Kufuor is my good friend, I respect him…when we meet I great him, there is a certain dignity about him and he is very smart", he intimated, according  to starrfmonline.com.

 

NPP Poised To Win Nov. Polls Despite Cracks - JAK

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has expressed optimism at the chances of the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) chances in the upcoming general elections indicating that the time being spent by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on solving its internal problems will not affect its ability to win the 2016 election.

Why we brought in three South Africans - NPP

 The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has admitted inviting the three South Africans in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for allegedly engaging in activities with national security implications.

'Nyaho Is No NPP; His Dues Are Unpaid'

Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, long known to be a founding member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), is no more a member of the party, it has emerged.

BNI Grabs 3 Terror Suspects Flown In From South Africa

Three South African ex-police officers, linked to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, have been grabbed by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for engaging in terrorism related acts.

Akufo-Addo messed up my relationship with Kufuor - Nyaho-Tamakloe

NPP founding member, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has claimed that his relationship with former president John Kufuor was undermined by his (Nyaho’s) support for Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo when an internal discussion over who should lead the party was ongoing ahead of the 2000 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Akufo-Addo Has A Good Chance Of Winning Nov. 7 Polls - JJ

Former President Jerry John Rawlings thinks the falgbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, may win the Presidential election come Novemebr 7. In an interview with Nana Aba Anamoah on GH ONE TV's State of Affairs show, the founder of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) said, "Nana Akufo-Addo has a good chance of winning just like