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Both NPP, NDC Guilty Of Politics Of Insults, Tribalism – Catholic Bishops

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Secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops Conference Reverend Father Lazarus Anondee has faulted both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) of engaging in politics of name calling and dirty language.

Speaking on the Morning Starr Monday, Father Lazarus urged Ghanaians to reject any poltician who fail to speak on issues but rather resort to insults and name calling.

This comes on the back of the ‘Akyem Sakawa Boys’ tag on President Akufo Addo and his appointees by the NDC.

In reaction, Father Lazarus stated, “I think that both parties are guilty of it. it’s not just the candidates, it’s the parties. You don’t need to vilify anybody in order to win votes, you rather have to win the other person with superior arguments. That is what we need in Ghana.  Everybody’s contribution matters so we should respect each other. There must be genuine respect when we are playing politics,” he said.

I’m saying that anybody that will use dirty language in politics, we should reject that person, that person has nothing to offer. But anyone who argues on issues and brings out strategies that will help make Ghana a better place, they are the people that we should look up to. And they are the people that we should push forward and let them lead us.”

“I think that somehow because we reward people who practice the politics of insult. If we begin to rubbish those who use the foul language, people would sit up. They are not the type of people we need in public,” he added.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Noisy NDC Don’t Have The Support Of The Ghanaian Majority – Akufo-Addo

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President Akufo-Addo has insisted that results of all Presidential elections after Jerry Rawlings’ 8-year reign indicate that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) enjoy the support of majority of Ghanaians than the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The President stated that the country’s elections data shows that no presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) aside the late Jerry John Rawlings has been able to garner 51% in elections in the country.

While addressing national and regional executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who visited him at the Jubilee House Thursday, the President urged them to hold their shoulders high for the party’s victory in the 2020 polls.

“We should remember, ever since Jerry John Rawlings left the presidential scene of politics in our country, no NDC presidential candidate has won more than fifty-one percent (51%) of the votes. His successor Mills, in his first-round against Kufour, had 44 percent, second round 47 percent. When it came to the second time against Kufour the same figures and in 2008 when he contested against me after three rounds he got 50.03 percent of the vote. Mahama in 2012, 50.7%; in 2016, 44% of the votes; in 2020, 47% of the votes. What these figures tell us, is that whenever the NPP, we put our acts together, we win”.

“The majority is with us, so let us be very clear in our mind, our opponent with all the shouting and the “hey hey hey hey,” do not have the support of the majority of the people in our country. So the future of Ghana, the future of this country is in our hands. It is the function of how we behave, how we organize ourselves that will determine how the country will also move ahead,” President Akufo-Addo added.

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Nobody Can Force Akufo-Addo Not To Appoint Old Men – Abronye DC

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Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe Abronye, popularly known as Abronye DC has noted that President Akufo-Addo cannot be compelled to shun old men as appointees in his second term.

This comes after several calls from some Ghanaians that the President ahead of official announcement of appointed ministers and appointees, should avoid old men.

Abronye DC, however, in a statement disagreed with such calls insisting some of the old men are worth retaining.

“In as much as we the youth of this country especially those of us in the New Patriotic Party deserve a fair share of the National cake, I deem it unfair to say that, all “old men” or aged persons in President Akufo Addo’s first term should not be reappointed. YES! some of them must go but many of them must be retained”, he stated.

“The anxiety of foot soldiers surrounding the President’s list of new appointees in restructuring his government is one which cannot be ignored and same is indeed in the right direction because, it is the foot soldiers who have ensured that we are where we are today”, he added.

He emphasized that: “I entirely associate myself to the fact that Prez Nana Addo’s appointments in reconstituting his government should feature more persons who fall within the youthful category but that is not to say that, all old men should be sacked from the government.”

Abronye backed his argument: “There were several others whose experience in leadership and governance is one which cannot also be swept under the carpet.

Some of these old persons such as Kan Dapaah, Hon Frema Opare, Osafo Marfo, Hon Alima Mahama, etc are persons who have served in previous governments and have gained vast experience in the steering of affairs of our dear country”.

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Supreme Court Panel Hearing Election Panel Is Unfair And Unbalanced – Mahama’s Legal Team

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A member of John Mahama’s legal team Dr Abdul Baasit Bamba has described the seven-members panel to hear the 2020 election petition as unfair and unbalanced.

He insists senior judges were not made part of the panel but rather judges who were mainly appointed by New Patriotic Party (NPP) governments.

The seven-member panel hearing the matter includes Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, Yaw Appau, Marful Sau, Nene Amegatcher, Prof. Ashie Kotey, Mariama Owusu and Gertrude Torkonoo.

The Chief Justice was appointed to the Supreme Court by the NPP’s John Agyekum Kufuor in 2008 and elevated as Chief Justice in 2020 by President Akufo-Addo.

He was part of the judges during the 2012/13 petition and in his ruling called for fresh elections to be organized since the polls were fraught with irregularities and statutory violations that have been proven.

Justice Yaw Appau was appointed to the Supreme Court by the NDC’s John Mahama in June 2015.

One of the most recent public interest cases he participated in is the Case filed by the AG asking that the court sets aside an injunction granted against the gazetting of John Amewu as Hohoe MP.

He was actually the Presiding Judge and the court ruled 5-0 that the Judge erred in granting the injunction.

Justice Appau was also part of the panel that heard the case filed by Prof Kwaku Asare challenging the monopoly of the Ghana School of Law.

He agreed with his colleagues in dismissing this case.

Justice Marful Sau was appointed to the Supreme Court in July 2018 by President Akufo-Addo. He was previously a Court of Appeal judge.

He was also part of the panel in the SALL case at the Supreme Court mentioned earlier and the Ghana School of Law case and also agreed with his other colleagues.

Justice Marful Sau participated in the voters register case prior to the 2020 elections and agreed with his colleagues that the EC can compile a new register ahead of the polls.

He was also part of the case that challenged the eligibility of Martin Amidu as a Special Prosecutor.

Justice Sau agreed with the majority opinion that Mr. Amidu was eligible to hold office.

Again, he participated in the National Cathedral case and agreed with his colleagues that the decision to build the cathedral was in tune with the social and political objectives of the constitution.

Justice Nene Amegatcher was appointed as a Justice in July 2018 by President Akufo-Addo. Prior to that, he was a Private Legal Practitioner.

He participated in the following cases; Amidu’s eligibility, Ghana School of Law monopoly, and the EC voters register compilation.

In all these cases, he agreed with his colleagues mostly unanimously in dismissing it or with the majority opinion.

Justice Prof Ashie Kotey joined the Supreme Court in July 2018. He was part of the EC voters’ register case, and the Amidu eligibility case.

In both matters he agreed with his colleagues.

Justice Mariama Owusu joined the Supreme Court in December 2019 and was part of the voters register case as well.

She agreed with her colleagues.

Justice Gertrude Torkonoo joined the Supreme Court in December 2019 and was part of the SALL case that unanimously held that the High Court judge erred in granting the injunction against Amewu.

Speaking to Mamavi Owusu Aboagye on the AM Show on JoyNews, Dr Aziz Bamba said Mr Mahama’s legal team deserves some answers even on why the Chief Justice has decided to settle on 7 Judges instead of 9 as happened in the 2012 election petition.

He also said it would have been better if other experienced Judges at the Apex Court had been placed on the panel.

But a member of the President’s legal team, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah took exception to the attack on the panel.

He described Dr. Bamba’s assertions as bogus and geared at embarrassing the Judges.

He insisted this claim together with the allegation of bribery levelled by Asawaase MP Muntaka Mubarak is part of a grand scheme to cause disaffection for the court because the NDC knows it does not have a strong case.

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