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NDC Bought The Votes Of Some NPP MPs – Carlos Ahenkorah Suggests As He Explains Why He Snatched Ballot Papers

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Tema West lawmaker Carlos Ahenkorah who snatched ballot papers during the Speaker election in Parliament on Thursday has apologised for his action.

According to the former deputy Trade Minister, his conduct was out of love for the ruling NPP.

Mr Ahenkorah has come under fierce criticisms after he was captured on television snatching ballot papers during counting after MPs voted to elect a Speaker for the 8th Parliament.

In a write-up explaining his actions, the lawmaker also suggested that some of his colleagues might have been bought over by the NDC.

Read His Full Write-up Below….

My party the Npp of course enjoys a slim majority in parliament courtesy the independent candidate from fomena. By this arithmetic, the Npp was supposed to occupy the right side of the speaker in the chamber. When we got to parliament the opposition had occupied our seats. We tried to convince and work things out with them but they declined whilst almost assaulting the marshal’s of parliament. We conceded because of the inauguration ahead of us and sat in their space.

Then the clerk of parliament announced that the injuncted assin north mp couldn’t vote by virtue of a court order served on him. After a long heated debate The ndc still wouldn’t yield. leadership went into conclave and returned with one of the most unfavourable agreements ever.

That a clause in the constitution forbades anyone who isn’t qualified to vote in parliament to vote. If the injuncted mp elect decides to vote he suffers the consequences afterwards himself. How ridiculous! What if his vote changes the outcome of the elections before he goes to court?
Then we got to voting and the minority claimed they won’t allow any whipping, in order words no one can show their vote to their whips after voting. Really? Then what’s the whip system for? Why do we have whips? Since the beginning of the 4th Republic, elections had always been controlled by whips to ensure their members vote on a particular line. It happens everywhere in this world. Asking us not to be whipped sent us all wondering.

The npp didn’t comply. The clerk ruled that voting could commence after a little back and forth. As the first few npp members voted the ndc whip in the person of muntaka attacked an npp member and collected his ballot paper from him because he’s shown it to someone.

A scuffle ensued and he took the ballot box itself and the ballots inside away. After a long wait, balloting recommenced. This time the same muntaka took the ballot box and run off that someone was showing their ballot whiles John Jinapor and Sam George kick boxed the voting booth.

This act happened 3x so leadership had to go into conclave once more. Upon their return they asked us not to show our votes anymore. I Immediately sensed danger especially when during voting we noticed many skirmishes where some opposition members would cross over into the npp voting booth to vote there etc.

Looking at the slim margin between us all the ndc had to do was to buy a couple of members of npp and carry the day. So i indicated to leadership the dangers in that ruling. After voting and true to my words, the npp votes counted 136 instead of 138 numbers we had. I wouldn’t accept that.

The irregularities accompanying the voting from the start were too many which had compromised the voting so much so that I’d to create a situation for a rerun. Just as my colleague from the other side took the ballot box away on 3 occasions, i also grabbed a few ballot papers before they could be counted so as to force a rerun.

Its a very tough situation to have opposition as speaker especially when he’s the president in the absence of Nana Addo and his vice not to mention how parliament would function by passing the presidents policies and laws to pave way for development. My colleagues on the majority side couldn’t help take advantage of my sacrifices to force a rerun and we’d to settle for an opposition speaker. I must say i am heart broken and dejected. We’ve not seen the end of this yet.

With this success they would tell us what they want and what they don’t in parliament because the whip system has been compromised. This is so sad. I’ll die for my party any day. i did it for the grassroots who relied on us in power to survive, the president who needs some peace to run the country and the greater npp party as a whole because we cannot always allow the ndc to threaten and vilify us. I apologise though to my family and friends both far and near who may be affected by my actions. The Npp in me couldn’t be controlled. I apologise but i tried!!!

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Just In: Presidency Receives Petition To Remove EC Chair, Jean Mensah From Office

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Documents sighted by this portal indicates that the office of the President has received a petition from two Ghanaian citizens calling on the President to remove the EC Chair, Madam Jean Mensah from office on the premise of article 146 of the Constitution.

The Petition, put together by Mr Prince Derek Adjei and Mr Elikem Kotoko was officially received at the office of the President yesterday, 21st January 2021.

The petition states in part that the current leadership of the EC under the chairmanship of Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, knowingly created a constitutional crisis by their actions and inactions in the lead up to the 2020 Presidential elections as they ignored caution and advise from various various stakeholders of the adverse outcomes and implications of their actions and acts of omission.

According to the petitioners, the petition is grounded on stated misbehavior of the EC Chairperson not limited to gross incompetence, bias, procurement breaches and poor corporate governance practices.

See pages of the petition below…………….

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Today In History: Exactly 55 Years Ago Today, Kwame Nkrumah Inaugurated The Akosombo Dam

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Exactly 55 years ago on January 22, 1996, Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah inaugurated the Akosombo Dam across the Volta River.

The Akosombo dam created a hydroelectric power plant, which fuelled an aluminium smelter and provided electricity to urban centers and adjacent countries like Togo and Benin.

However, the main purpose of the dam was to provide electricity solely for the aluminium industry. It is known to be “the largest single investment in the economic development plans of Ghana”

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Just In: NDC Petitions Bagbin To Sack First Deputy Speaker Of Parliament

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The Bono East Regional Youth Wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress has petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, to expel the First Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joseph Osei-Owusu, from the lawmaking house.

The call by the opposition party membership comes at the back of a recent statement made by the MP.

“During the last State of the Nation’s Address of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 5, 2021, he refused to acknowledge the wicked shooting of thirteen (13) unarmed citizens of Techiman South Constituency by armed security men leading to the death of three (3). Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu was questioned why the President did not say anything about the deaths of Ghanaians recorded at Techiman and other places. He replied by likening those shot in Techiman as criminals or armed robbers who need no commiseration,” portions of the petition addressed to the Speaker reads.

They add that Mr Osei-Owusu owing to his utterances has exhibited a lack of emotional intelligence, something that is highly required of him as First Deputy Speaker of the legislature.

“Mr. Speaker, we believe the functions of the First Deputy Speaker is so sensitive to the August House as well as Ghana’s democratic development, as such, the occupant needs someone with emotional intelligence to occupy, since Parliament is the House of the people.”

The group has, therefore, urged Mr Bagbin to invoke article 95 (2) (d) of the constitution and expel Mr Osei-Owusu from the house of parliament.

Source: Ghanaweb

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