Massive support for Bawumia in Ashanti Region

The Vice-President and NPP Flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has received an overwhelming wave of support in the Ashanti Region, further solidifying his political standing as he eyes the presidency in the upcoming elections.

Dr. Bawumia is in the region on a three-day campaign tour, and since he started the tour on Monday, every event has been a resounding success, with his visit to Kumasi Magazine yesterday and his connection with the youth, arguably, among the top hits.

On Monday, Dr. Bawumia met with the Clergy, Imams, Zongo chiefs, professional groups and the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs, who highly commended him for his works and policies, as well as his historic visit to the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs.

But before these meetings, the Vice-President was stunned on Monday morning with a mammoth crowd.

On Tuesday, the NPP flagbearer started his interactions with a milling crowd welcoming him in Suame Magazine.

Symbolic endorsement

After he had engaged the artisans and traders in their shops, they made a presentation of a car key to him, indicating their endorsement of his presidential bid.

Presenting the keys, the leader of the group said the presentation, in response to Bawumia’s famous “I am a mate so make me a driver” declaration, was to make Dr Bawumia the driver so that he could steer the affairs of the country.

As if the mammoth crowd at Suame  Magazine was not enough, there was even a larger crowd of young people who turned up in their numbers to cheer and listen to Dr Bawumia, as he engaged the youth at the Jubilee Park in Kumasi.

When he met with local leaders, community members and various professional bodies, they all expressed strong support for his candidacy.

The chiefs lauded his efforts at bringing development projects to the area, highlighting the significance of the 500-bed Afari Military Hospital and the 250-bed Sewua Hospital.

These projects, once completed, are expected to alleviate the pressure on the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, and improve healthcare delivery in the region.

Dr. Bawumia reiterated his commitment to supporting local businesses through favourable policies and financial assistance.

The market women, in particular, expressed their appreciation for the government’s initiatives to stabilize the economy,  and provide opportunities for growth.

Dr. Bawumia assured them, that under his leadership, the NPP would continue to prioritize economic development and job creation.

He also visited several educational institutions, where he interacted with students and teachers.

He emphasised the importance of education in national development, and pledged to enhance educational infrastructure and resources. The students and staff members responded positively to his message, expressing hope for continued improvements in the sector.

Dr Bawumia thanked the people of Ashanti Region for their unwavering support, and promised to work tirelessly to address their needs. He touted the achievements of the NPP government, and outlined his plans for further development.

NPP PC clarifies viral statement on miner rebellion

The NPP parliamentary candidate for the Amenfi East constituency, Mr. Ernest Frimpong, has clarified his controversial statement “when the soldiers fight you, fight back,” which recently went viral.

In a statement, Mr. Frimpong, explained that his words were taken out of context due to a communication gap, and he has since apologized for any misunderstandings caused.

A video of Mr. Frimpong speaking to a group believed to be miners has sparked significant controversy. In the video, it is alleged that Mr. Frimpong, speaking in the local Twi dialect, appeared to have advised small-scale miners to resist “soldiers, police, and national security operatives” at their sites. This statement led to a public uproar and backlash.

Mr Frimpong in the statement explained that the purpose of the meeting was to educate miners on the rules and regulations governing small-scale mining in the country. He emphasised the importance of responsible mining practices, the prohibition of mining in protected areas, and the need to obtain the necessary permits.

The miners expressed concerns about harassment and extortion by individuals posing as soldiers, police and national security operatives.

Mr. Frimpong confirmed that there had been reports of such individuals extorting money from registered small-scale miners while pretending to be legitimate security personnel.

In response to these allegations, Mr. Frimpong advised the miners to resist these imposters. He stressed that his comments were widely misinterpreted as inciting violence against actual state security personnel.

Mr. Frimpong clarified that his statement was directed at criminal gangs impersonating security officials, and not legitimate state personnel.

He noted that in the full, unedited video, he encouraged miners to support genuine police and soldiers who protect them from criminals. He emphasised that his call to “fight back” was meant to target those fraudulent individuals harassing the miners.

He apologized for any confusion caused by his remarks, attributing it to the charged political atmosphere and the excitement of the engagement. He took full responsibility for the miscommunication and any inconveniences it may have caused.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has warned against calls for attacks on soldiers, highlighting the significant threat such actions pose to the nation’s security and stability.

A statement released by  Brigadier General E. Aggrey-Quashie, the Director General in charge of Public Relations at the Ghana Armed Forces, said GAF had “taken note of viral videos on social media calling for attacks on soldiers and other security personnel.”

It underscored the potential dangers such incitements could bring, stressing that any form of violence against military personnel undermines the rule of law and jeopardises national security.

The statement reiterated the need for all citizens to respect the law and support the efforts of the security forces in maintaining peace and order.

The statement called on the public to refrain from actions or statements that could incite violence and destabilise the country, urging leaders and influential individuals to act responsibly and promote unity and lawful conduct.

“We strongly, wish to caution the public against such utterances. It is instructive to note that such calls are not only unlawful but also pose a significant threat to the security and stability of our nation. We therefore condemn any form of incitement or encouragement of violence against our soldiers.

“We wish to assure all and sundry that GAF will continue to perform its duties of safeguarding the security of the state and protection of civilians. It is also crucial to understand that personnel of GAF and sister security agencies are committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism, discipline, and

Ken Agyapong joins Bawumia’s campaign

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for the Assin South constituency in the Central Region, and runner-up in the NPP 2023 presidential primaries, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, has joined the campaign of Vice-President and presidential candidate,   Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

Mr Agyapong joined the campaign in the Ashanti Region yesterday, where the NPP presidential candidate had embarked on a three-day tour, which is the last of his tour of all the 16 regions in the country.

Kennedy Agyapong, since his unsuccessful attempt to lead the NPP into the 2024 general elections, had kept a very low profile. Asaase News has gathered from close sources at the presidency that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin, had been engaging with Mr Kennedy Agyapong as part of  efforts to get all hand on deck for the NPP 2024 campaign.

The source further disclosed to Asaase News that just last week, President Akufo-Addo had lunch with Kennedy Agyapong as part of the President’s initiated process to get everyone on board to prosecute the NPP’s 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections campaign for the party to “Break the 8.”

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia began his campaign on Monday, 29 April 2024, in the Eastern Region and has, since then, visited all 16 regions of the country with the Ashanti Region being the last.

Asaase News sources in the NPP have indicated that the Vice-President, after the first phase of his campaign, will, from July 2024, step up his campaign activities across the country. He will also be expected to name his running mate to complete the NPP’s 2024 presidential ticket.

Source: asaaseradio.com

Bawumia confirms August opening for Afari, Sewuah hospitals

The Vice-President and NPP Flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has assured members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) that the Afari Military and Sewuah Government hospitals in the Ashanti region will be commissioned for use by August 2024.

According to Dr. Bawumia, these two health projects are significant, and will help reduce pressure on the old Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), addressing congestion issues at the referral centre.

Dr. Bawumia gave the assurance during a meeting with members of the GMA,  as part of his regional tour.

The NPP flagbearer expressed concerns about the overcrowding at KATH, and agreed to the suggestion to dedicate resources to retool the hospital to provide excellent health care delivery.

“With particular reference to the two hospitals that are almost done, Sewuah, which is a regional hospital, and Afari, which is a military hospital, we expect Sewuah to be commissioned, hopefully, by July 2024 and Afari by August 2024 as well,” he added.

Members of the GMA were concerned about the delay in completing major health facilities in the Ashanti Region, noting that such delays had contributed to the congestion at KATH.

The Ashanti Regional President of the GMA, Dr. Paa Kwesi Baidoo, emphasised the importance of the 500-bed Afari Military Hospital and the 250-bed Sewuah Hospital, which, according to them, would alleviate congestion at KATH, a referral facility for 12 regions.

He stressed the need for  government to prioritize the projects while also focusing on the construction of the Agenda 111 hospitals to support existing health facilities.

He further mentioned that KATH struggles despite fundraising initiatives by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to renovate the facility. He noted that resources allocated to the Agenda 111 hospital projects could have been used to retool KATH to function at its fullest capacity.

The GMA’s Ashanti Regional President suggested to Dr. Bawumia and his team: “Out of the 50 Agenda 111 hospital projects, why don’t we build 40 hospitals, and dedicate the resources meant for the other 10 projects to retool Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to clear up the mess at the hospital and make it efficient?”

Meanwhile, Dr. Bawumia also met with the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs, clergy, and other professional bodies as part of his tour of the region.

Bawumia pledges to be more accountable than Mahama

The flagbearer of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, says he will be more accountable to Ghanaians than his main contender, former President John Mahama, if elected as president during the December 7 polls.

Addressing professional bodies in Kumasi as part of his three-day tour of the Ashanti Region, the Vice President argued that Mr. Mahama would not be accountable to the people since he would not seek re-election.

“I also believe that if you make me a president, I will be more accountable to you because I will be looking for an 8-year term. An 8-year term means that you are first going to give me a 4-year term, this means I have to work very hard to justify why you have to give me another four years,” he said.

Dr. Bawumia added, “And so I will be more accountable. I will come back to you and say this is what I have been able to do and then you can you will renew my license and I will drive the vehicle so we go forward. I believe that my main opponent is only looking for a four-year term, that means immediately you give it to him and he goes on his honeymoon and he comes back you will not see him again. there will be no accountability but for me, you will get accountability.”

The Vice President also announced that the Ministry of Finance is making arrangements to reimburse clients of companies liquidated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) during the financial clean-up exercise.

The move, according to Dr. Bawumia, is aimed at bringing relief to affected investors while promoting transparency and accountability within the financial market.

“It looks like the Minister of Finance is looking forward to making some payment to customers of the liquidated companies.”

“In the case of Gold Coast Securities and others, it is something on our agenda and I believe that the Ministry of Finance will look at it. We have engaged affected customers and we look forward to the payment”.

Takoradi NPP targets 57% of votes from house-to-house campaign

The Takoradi constituency of NPP has targeted 57 out of total percentage of the December 7 presidential votes for Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the party’s flagbearer.

To help achieve this target, members of the party, particularly the youth, have started a vigorous house-to-house campaign ahead of the constituency’s official campaign launch to sell and propagate Dr. Bawumia’s good works to the electorate.

They say Ghana cannot afford losing Dr Bawumia as the next president,  and have resolved to work very hard in achieving the targeted percentage of votes.

Some of them interviewed by the Daily Statesman described the Vice-President as a deep thinker and visionary leader needed by the country to build on the good works of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo.

They also described him as a humble and trustworthy person who delivers on his pledge, citing his recent intervention in the prompt payment of trainee-nurses’ allowance.

Mentioning mobile money interoperability, digitization, the drone system, Ghana Card and construction of hostels for Kayayes as some of Dr. Bawumia’s handiwork, the party members expressed optimism that he will even do more when elected as President.

They indicated that Dr. Bawumia has 33 policies and programmes to his credit,  and added their voices to calls on former President Mahama to also state his achievements as former vice-president and president.

Besides lies and propaganda, they said,  Mr Mahama and his opposition NDC have nothing to offer Ghanaians, and urged the citizenry to totally reject the NDC on the election day.

The party members reiterated that Dr. Bawumia has the well-being of Ghanaian youth and other groups  such as small-scale miners, at heart and constantly speaks of plans by his government to roll out laudable policies for the various groups.

It is in this light that, they said Ghanaians will be doing the nation a great disservice by failing to usher this fine gentleman to the presidency irrespective of their political affiliations.

Bawumia is preferred presidential candidate

The Vice-President and flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has emerged as the preferred presidential candidate of the electorate. This was revealed in the latest survey conducted by renowned statistician and data management consultant, Professor Smart Sarpong, who is also the Director of Research and Innovation at the Kumasi Technical University.

Per the survey, Dr Bawumia leads as the preferred presidential candidate with 38.9% in the 2024 general elections, while the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, trails with 36.1%.

According to the survey, Dr Bawumia leads in Ahafo, Ashanti, Bono, Central, Eastern, North East, Western and Western North, with remaining other presidential candidates put together making up to 3.6% gains.

The researcher first inquired from respondents which political party they were likely to support in the 2024 presidential elections. Here, 23,080 respondents, representing 38.8%, settled on the NDC, while 20,564, representing 34.5, chose the NPP. A total of 13,735 respondents, 23.1%, said they were undecided.

On the subject of which presidential candidate respondents were likely to support in the 2024 presidential elections, 23,432 respondents, representing 38.9% indicated that they would choose Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the NPP presidential candidate as the next president of Ghana while 21,237, representing 36.1%, settled on former President John Mahama. Also, 12,763 respondents, 21.4%, said they were undecided.

Findings/implications 

Professor Smart Sarpong pointed out in his findings that about 21.4 % of prospective voters were yet to decide which presidential candidate to vote for as of the end of April 2024.

“They may remain floating until they decide to vote in favour of one of the presidential candidates. Most decided region in favour of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (NPP) is North East with 60% of voters going for him while 75.7 % of voters in the Volta region have decided on John Dramani Mahama (NDC),” the finding further pointed out.

Touching on the implications of the findings of the survey to competing political parties, Professor Smart Sarpong noted that “the NDC as a political party is more popular (38.8%) across the country than her presidential candidate, Mr John Dramani Mahama (36.1%). Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the presidential candidate of the NPP, is more preferred (38.9%) than the party NPP (34.5%) across the country.”

“The NDC leads in eight regions, namely Bono East, Greater Accra, Northern, Oti, Savannah, Upper East, Upper West and Volta. The NPP, on the other hand, leads in seven regions, namely Ahafo, Ashanti, Bono, Central, Eastern, North East and Western. Other political parties and their candidates are not showing any good signs of impact in the coming elections,” Professor Smart Sarpong’s survey findings read.

“Competence, track record and party affiliation are the key deciding factors for candidates who may win the 2024 elections. These three factors alone constitute 91.9% of deciding factors. Unemployment and improvement in the economy are the leading critical issues manifestos must seek to address head-on. Poor roads, water, and power crises, illegal mining, LGBTQ rights, corruption, and poor sanitation, among others, also feature as the most critical concerns needing attention among Ghanaian voters,” the survey findings further read.

Source: asaaseradio.com

Minority warned against sabotaging economy through misinformation

The Majority in Parliament has accused the minority caucus of sabotaging the economy by recklessly driving away investors with its continuous misinformation to the public.

The Minority in Parliament has expressed concerns about the government’s blatant violation of the Public Financial Management Act.

The caucus contends that the government failed to obtain Parliamentary approval for awarding the contract to dualize the Kasoa-Winneba section of the Accra-Cape Coast highway.

Speaking to journalists, the Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, questioned the government’s source of funding for the project.

But the majority says the minority group’s persistent accusation of government agencies of signing contracts in blatant violation of the Public Financial Management Act is misleading.

The Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin said this when he addressed journalists in Parliament in Accra on Wednesday.

“The contract in question must be an international transaction. That is where our colleagues should pay attention. It does not mean that every contract with a multi-year value should come to parliament. So they should stop misleading the public. They should stop peddling falsehoods. Every government engages the private sector. The object of that is to create space for economic growth.”

“So if you recklessly scare off the businessmen and where you know that what you are putting out is not true what you are trying to do is to sabotage the economy.

“So I would want to encourage them that we know it’s an election year but let’s argue on facts. Let’s put out the facts,” he stated.

Mr Afenyo-Markin also urged the business community to desist from hoarding dollars as the government works to ensure the stability of the cedi.

Source: citinewsroom.com

Minority against 5G contract

The Minority in Parliament has expressed serious concerns about the government’s decision to award a 5G licensing contract to NextGen InfraCo, a company established just a week prior to the contract’s approval.

According to the Minority, the deal lacks transparency and does not serve the country’s best interests.

In a press statement issued on Monday, June 3, and signed by the Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, the NDC MPs pledged to oppose the deal highlighting similar contracts awarded by the current government that have resulted in waste of state resources, reinforcing their skepticism about the NextGen InfraCo deal.

The NDC MPs emphasised the need for scrutiny and accountability, assuring Ghanaians that they will address the issue in the coming days to shed light on the opacity of the deal and its potential implications for Ghana.

“The regulatory framework and operational modalities and guidelines for this opaque arrangement have not been clearly defined by the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government, which appears to be in an indecent haste to give away the country’s 5G spectrum for a pittance,” an excerpt of their statement said.

Later, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, defended the government’s decision to award the 5G licensing contract to NextGen InfraCo.

The Ablekuma West MP clarified that NextGen InfraCo was specifically established to manage the 5G rollout. She added that, at the time, there was no other existing infrastructure company with the necessary capacity for this project.

The minister further explained that the direct award of the contract to this new company is part of the government’s strategy to overcome previous challenges with the 45, and expedite the deployment of the 5G network in Ghana.

“This is a special purpose vehicle and once the government took the decision that we will use a neutral infrastructure company to deliver this service, there is no existing neutral infrastructure company that can deliver it at the moment.”

“So, it had to be specifically formed for the purpose of delivering this service based on the strategic policies and decisions of the government, and it is borne out of our experiences and that is why we chose not to auction it,”she stated.

NDC’s latest ploy, further confirmation of dislike for A-G – NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated that the 13th press conference held by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the Attorney-General (A-G) and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, since his appointment, is the latest demonstration of the NDC’s dislike for the A-G this time round back with a doctored recording obtained and edited in an attempt to give the frivolous allegations of the NDC some credibility.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, 28 May 2024, at the party’s headquarters, Mr Frank Davis, chairman of the NPP’s constitutional and legal affairs committee, pointed out that the NDC over the last three and half years since Mr Yeboah Dame became the AG, has gone all lengths to attack and discredit him simply because of his commitment to upholding the rule of law and to prosecuting all manner of persons who he suspects to have misappropriated state funds or fallen short of the laws of the country.

The NPP press conference was held on the back of a similar one held by the NDC and addressed by the Chairman of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, where the party put out a recording of a purported telephone conversation alleged to have taken place between the AG and one Richard Jakpa, one of two accused persons standing trial at the High Court in the case of the Republic versus Cassiel Ato Forson and another (Ambulance Case).

“It is no secret that the NDC since the commencement of Ato Forson’s prosecution has threatened rain and storm against the government, the Attorney General, and any person they can find to cajole the Attorney General from discontinuing the prosecution. Pressure has come from every angle, including former President Mahama, the leadership of the Minority in Parliament, clergy, and business friends of Ato Forson.

“Indeed, Former President Mahama specifically maintained the discontinuance of the Ambulance Trial as a condition to get Members of the minority in Parliament to agree to the recent recall of Parliament and has on several other occasions, stated it as a condition for the cooperation of the Minority in Parliament. This pressure stems from some warped and baseless logic of the NDC that the Ato Forson’s prosecution is politically motivated and its Leader in Parliament, should be immune from prosecution even when the facts indicate conduct resulting in financial loss to the state,” Frank Davis stated.

“Investigations commenced as far back as 2017, making it imperative to ask, “Why is Ato Forson the only government official being prosecuted from all the former NDC Ministers from whom statements were taken”. The prosecution is based on the various documentation available from the participating agencies in the transaction and this is evidenced by the Court’s ruling upholding that a case has been made by the Attorney General that warrants an answer from the defence. It is also worth noting that the prosecution of Cassiel Ato Forson commenced even before he became Minority Leader, making worthless and nonsensical the suggestion that he is being prosecuted because he is the minority leader of the NDC

“If at all, the only persecution in this instance is the malicious and perennial dislike of the NDC towards the Attorney General since he assumed office, and the several attempts to stultify his work. The records are there to show that right from his appointment as Attorney General, the NDC has spent one of the longest periods in vetting him with the hope of impeaching his appointment but the Attorney General remained resolute to their admiration, Frank Davis further stated.

According to the NPP astute lawyer, “the NDC filed a Motion for Censure to remove Godfred Dame from office as Attorney General soon after his appointment, which also failed. The NDC has, since his appointment, held over 12 press conferences against the person of the attorney general.”

“The latest allegation by Richard Jakpa, the 3rd accused and an associate of Cassiel Ato Forson in this botched Ambulance procurement transaction, is therefore only a further ploy, contrived to curtail the prosecution of Ato Forson and smear the Attorney General’s integrity and reputation.

“But this would also not see the light of day as we believe firmly that public officials, regardless of social standing, must be equally accountable for their use of public resources. Needless to say, the law is no respecter of persons,” Mr Davis remarked.