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Akufo-Addo selects Alan, Asabee to head Campaign C'ttees

The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, April 26, inaugurated campaign sector committees of the party, tasked with the formulation of the policies and programmes the party will be presenting in the campaign to the Ghanaian electorate ahead of the conduct of this year’s polls.

Akufo-Addo blocked me from disciplining Agyapong - Afoko

Suspended national chairman of the New Patriotic Party(NPP), Paul Afoko, has claimed that the party’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, prevented him from disciplining Kennedy Agyepong when he insulted fellow party members and some individuals in the country.

We'll be an independent referee - EC assures

Deptuy Chairperson of the the Electoral Commission (EC) in charge of Finance and Admi istration, Miss Georgina Opoku Amankwa, has said the Commission would not fail its responsibility to serve as an independent referee in the electoral affairs of the nation.

Scenes from Jake's funeral as captured by Nana Addo's photographer

The final funeral rites former National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jacob Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, was held today, April 22 at the at the Forecourt of the State House in Accra follwing yesterday's memorial  in his honou at the Accra Ridge Church.

Farewell, Otanka - Akufo-Addo's tribute to Jake

He was Otanka, I was Addo Dankwa. These were the names our respective fathers called us from the beginning. So they were the names we called each other all through.

I first met him in 1950, when I was 6. Uncle Tsebi, Emmanuel Obetsebi Lamptey, the iconic “Liberty Lamptey” of the independence movement, and his beautiful Dutch wife, Auntie Margaret, brought him to Betty House, my parents’ residence in Korle Wokon, Accra Central, to visit. Even then, he was taller, although it turned out that he was, in fact, only four, i.e. two years younger. We became and stayed friends until his sad departure on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, in London.

Our lives were truly intertwined

Our fathers were friends, professional colleagues and political associates. They were among the Ghanaian patriots who gathered at Saltpond on that seminal day of August 4, 1947 to launch the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) of blessed memory, that set our people on the road to national freedom and independence. They were both members of the legendary Big Six, who are now commonly regarded as the founding fathers of the Ghanaian nation. They were both members of the Opposition in the 1950s and 1960s, which sought to develop an alternative vision and direction for the Ghanaian people from that of Kwame Nkrumah’s CPP government. Uncle Tsebi paid bitterly for his part in the Opposition, by dying in prison without trial as a detainee in Nkrumah’s time. This event had, understandably, a traumatic impact on the young Otanka’s life. Our fathers’ friendship came, thus, to an abrupt end.

Ties

The friendship between our mothers was also strong, so strong that it was Auntie Margaret who persuaded my mother to name my younger sister Marigold, later Goldie to all and sundry. Their relationship was enhanced by the national crisis of 1948, when the ex-servicemen’s demonstration over their grievances led to the 28th February Christianborg Crossroads shootings and the national uproar they engendered. Their husbands, amongst, in Aitken Watson’s words, the six directing minds of the UGCC’s Working Committee, were arrested by the British colonial authorities and imprisoned at an unknown location. The two of them worked in concert to harangue the colonial authorities to reveal the whereabouts of their husbands and the others, and the nature of their treatment. More transparent arrangements were then made by the colonial power for the detention of the men who came to be eulogized by the Ghanaian people as the Big Six. That was part of our mothers’ contribution to our nation’s history. 

Mates

In 1954, at the age of 10, my parents sent me to prep school in England. Almost inevitably, the following year, his parents sent Otanka and Afadi, his younger brother, to the same school. We had our basic education, primary and secondary, in England, strengthening further the bonds between us. One of them was a great love of cricket, about which we had endless discussions!!

Colourful

The adult Otanka had a varied and colourful life. After a successful career in broadcasting in the late 1960s, having been one of the first stars of the then newly established Ghana Television Service, he went into advertising, very much a fish into water. Initially, an employee of the Unilever subsidiary, Lintas, he and his trusted business partner, Peter Hasford, joined together to buy Lintas from Unilever. He became its chief executive, and, over the next two decades, made Lintas the most renowned advertising, or rather, in today’s language, PR Company in the country.

 Thus, in 1992, when the New Patriotic Party was established, he was the obvious choice to head its Publicity Committee, which managed to help impose the NPP brand in the political market place as the other principal brand of Ghanaian politics. He was particularly keen on branding the NPP as the private sector party, for it was his unshakeable conviction that an empowered Ghanaian private sector was the most effective vehicle for promoting the rapid social and economic development of our nation.

Exemplary

His party career was exemplary. Creative chairman of the Publicity Committee; the Greater Accra Regional Chairman during whose tenure the party won the majority of seats in Greater Accra, going from 9 to 16 seats; Campaign Manager of the historic, victorious campaigns of 2000 and 2004, which led to the much-acclaimed two-term NPP administrations of President John Agyekum Kufuor; and National Chairman who presided over the party’s attempt to return to government in the 2012 election, which ended up in the Supreme Court with a highly contested verdict in the celebrated election petition. 

Passionate believer in the values of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition, the advancement of the party was the centerpiece of his life, and he was prepared to do whatever was legitimately possible to attain its goals. The NPP owes him a lot.

His period in government was equally commendable. He held various important posts in the Kufuor administrations. The first Minister for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff, he had the heavy responsibility of assisting the new President Kufuor to put his government firmly on the ground. 

After that, he went to the Ministry of Information, and ended up finally at the Ministry closest to his heart, the Ministry of Tourism and Modernisation of the Capital City. He discharged his duties with distinction, and was certainly one of the bright talents of Kufuor’s government of all the talents, who served his beloved Ghana to the very best of his abilities.

Gregarious, good natured, fun-loving and tolerant, he made friends easily and had little difficulty interacting with his political opponents. A voracious consumer of books, he was one of the best-read persons of his generation. A bon viveur with a healthy appetite, he loved good food, drink and bright conversation. In sum, he was excellent company. 

He married three delightful and beautiful women – Sharleen, his first wife, who died tragically early and left him a lovely daughter, Charis; Jeanette, the vivacious Liberian, who bore him another lovely daughter, Rachelle; and finally Esther, the rock on which he built the latter years of his life, and who was an indispensable and invaluable helpmeet. He doted on his daughters and grandchildren. They, like all those of us who had the benefit of his acquaintance, will miss him sorely. Perhaps I more than most, since, in this critical year of trial for the party and myself, his astute analysis and political feel would have been most welcome.

Outstanding

Jacob Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey was an outstanding Ghanaian patriot. Uncle Tsebi would have been proud of him. The work he, Danquah and the others began, in trying to build an open society in Ghana, governed by democratic institutions which respected human rights and the rule of law, and which relied on individual initiative and enterprise to inspire the rapid economic growth of the country, had been given a significant boost by his son and like-minded colleagues of their generation. His sacrifice had not been in vain.

My wife, Rebecca, and our daughters join me in extending our deepest condolences to Esther, his daughters, Charis and Rachelle, his brothers, Afadi and Nii Lante, his sister, Naa Ayele, Charles Taylor and his entire family on the great loss.

Otanka, farewell 

May God bless him and give his soul peaceful rest until the last day of the resurrection when we shall all meet again.

Three men attack Ashaiman NDC Chairman with machetes

The Ashaiman Constituency Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Shadad Omar Jallo,  appealed to the hierarchy to provide adequate security for party executives as the November 7 polls get closer.

Akufo-Addo's bodyguard, photographer released

The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has released the personal photographer and bodyguard of the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Akufo-Addo lauds Prez Mahama

Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party has lauded President John Dramani Mahama for honouring the late Abuakwa North Member of Parliament (MP), J.B. Danquah-Adu with a state burial.

EC can only exhibit register

Despite pressure from political parties and civil society groups for the the Electoral Commission (EC) to validate the voters register, the Commission will only use exhibition of the register to clean up the voters’ register ahead of the November 7 polls.

Mahama will lose even if Lordina is the EC Chair - Abu Ramadan

Former National Youth Organizer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr. Abu Ramadan, currently battling the Electoral Commission (EC) at the Supreme Court to get the voters register validated, has stated that all moves by the EC to rig the 2016 general elections for President John Dramani Mahama will not succeed.

New EC logo was plagiarised - NPP

The controversial new logo the Electoral Commission is hoping to introduce ahead of the November 7 general elections  was plagiarised, opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has claimed.

It's only natural for Okyehene to support Akufo-Addo - General Mosquito

 National Democratic Congress (NDC) General Secretatry, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has said considering he will not be surprised if Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II throws his weight behind the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Nii Ashiettey should be fighting me, I qualified Zanetor - Asiedu Nketia

Incumbent Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle, Nii Armah Ashietey after being defeated by Dr Zanetor Rawlings  in the National Democratic Congres (NDC) primary for the constituency did not accept defeat but went straight to court and is currently praying the Accra High Court to nullify the results since Dr Rawlings was not a registered voter at the time she won.

Veep fails to resolve Ashiettey, Zenator impasse as supporters clash over banner

Supporters of Incumbent Klottey Korle MP, Nii Armah Ashiettey and newly elected National Democratic Congress (NPP)  parliamentary candidate, Dr Zenator Rawlings clashed during a meeting with the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur over banners of the Dr Rawlings which had been used to decorate the venue.

For God and country I am ready to serve in Prez Mahama’s regime - Dr Amoako Baah

Staunch critic of the Mahama administration, Dr Richard Amoako Baah says in the name of state building he would take up appointment in the regime should the offer be made.


 

The former head of the History and Political Science Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, who is an ardent critic of the Mahama administration told Class91.3fm’s Executive Breakfast Show host Ekow Mensah-Shalders on Monday April 11 that rejecting an appointment from President Mahama would mean “I do not wish the government well and I do not wish the country well”.

“So, if they ask me to do something and I think I can do it, I will do it,” he said.

According to Dr Amoako Baah, in the lead-up to the 2012 elections, he had advised late President John Mills and then Vice President John Mahama that education was going to be the key issue on which the election would be won.

“I have tried, on so many occasions, to help, especially when President Mills was alive. I talked to him and then Vice President Mahama. I talked to him, met him in his office, went to his house several times. Yes, but I mean it didn’t work, they don’t listen and it got worse …that was before the elections, and I remember telling them education is going to be key in this election. This was 2012 and education became the key,” he explained.

“I wrote an education policy for them; they still have it. But it’s almost as if they go and just pick bits of it. Instead of the comprehensive programme, they pick bits of it. For example, this cancellation of teacher allowances, it’s in my report, because the teacher allowance was being supported by – I think what – the Netherlands and so you are limited as to how many students you can admit based on how much money they are giving you, and, so, I said: ‘OK get rid of it’. That means you can take as many students as you want. But not just rid of it, improve teachers’ salaries. If you improve it, it makes it attractive…but that’s not what they did; they just cancelled it,” he explained.

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Bukom Banku offers new Mahama song at Bukom square

Braimah Kamoko popularly known as Bukom Banku has unveiled a campaign song for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the Bukom Square in Odododiodio Constituency of Greater Accra on Sunday night.


 

At a youth rally organised by a political campaign movement calling itself “I Choose JM”, Bukom Banku received a rousing welcome by the teeming youth at the rally grounds.

Banku's song used a similar beat like that of Bisa K'dei's hit song Mansa. The crowd sang along with him as he touted President John Mahama's achievement and victory in this year's elections .

The event attracted audience from Bukom and its environs.

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Ursula Owusu Retained As Ablekuma West NPP PC

Incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has been retained the party's parliamentary candidate for the 2016 general elections.