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NDC Working With Some NPP Persons To Destroy Bawumia – A.R Gomda Writes

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Credible intelligence about a malicious plot by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) working with compromised collaborators within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to tarnish the image of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been exposed.

The project is intended to drag the image of the Vice President in the mud between now and the next general elections in 2024.

As far as the opposition NDC is concerned, the widely held views by political analysts that there is only one potential presidential candidate from the ruling NPP, Dr. Bawumia, who can prevent them and their presidential hopeful, former President John Mahama, from winning the 2024 presidential election, should not be taken lightly, and all efforts must, therefore, be in place to destroy the Vice President, per the intelligence.

The NDC’s sinister agenda, planned by some key figures of the party, was informed by Dr. Bawumia’s own political torture of the NDC since his emergence on the political scene, as well as a recent sponsored research by the NDC group, which confirmed the widely-held belief that the current Vice President was the biggest threat to their political revival as strategies begin towards the next election in 2024.

Thorn In Flesh

Dr. Bawumia, the distinguished academic, economist and banker, who entered politics in 2008, had subsequently demonstrated that his brilliance was not only limited to the world of economics, much to the chagrin of the NDC.

After an impressive debut on the political stage in 2008, Dr. Bawumia emerged as the star witness in the 2013 NPP election petition, held the nation in rapt attention for eight months, and his performance in the witness box was dazzling to many and very much annoying to the NDC.

That appeared to have marked the beginning of the cat and mouse relationship between Dr. Bawumia and the NDC, and they have since waged a relentless campaign to destroy him.

According to source, Dr. Bawumia’s famous lectures on the economy and the campaign he waged in 2016, which proved to be key to the NPP winning the 2016 election, has ruffled the feathers of the NDC and they had not forgiven him for that as well.

As Vice President since 2017, Dr. Bawumia has continued to “torment” the NDC with his performance in office, which is widely acknowledged to be outstanding.

With the NDC so bent on seeing a ruined image of Dr. Bawumia, they were even more angered by his increasing credentials, especially his description by many as “best Vice President in Ghana’s history,” as well as the endearing personality he had built through his humility, honesty and hard work, the source said.

The NDC’s biggest headache, which their “hatchet group’s” sponsored research confirmed, was Dr. Bawumia’s political prowess, the source added, saying, “His impact on the 2016 and 2020 elections, especially in the Northern regions in ensuring victory for the NPP, continued to resonate in political circles.”

“The NDC, moving forward to 2024, has made Dr. Bawumia a target for character assassination, by collaborating with some elements within the NPP to attack the person they consider to be the heir apparent after the President serves his constitutionally mandated two terms.”

The source said the NDC had concluded that the main stumbling block between them and a dream return to power in 2024 was Vice President Dr. Bawumia, whom they concede privately, would most likely be the NPP’s flag bearer.

“From the report of their sponsored research findings, which confirmed the popularity of Dr. Bawumia across the nation, the concensus by the opposition elements was that, henceforth, all must come out with guns blazing in a relentless onslaught to make him unpopular,” adding “at a meeting held late last year, the NDC decided to lay out an elaborate plan to neutralise Dr. Bawumia’s soaring popularity by resorting to  sustained attacks, half truths and a series of concocted stories to ruin his image.”

The Ramatu Agenda

The infamous “Ramatu” Bawumia gaffe by Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin who had introduced the Second Lady Samira as ‘Ramatu’ on January 7, during the swearing in of the President and Vice President, was immediately pounced on by the NDC and its supporters.

The source said “they immediately published the picture of an unknown woman and claimed that she was the said ‘Ramatu’ claiming she was a first wife of Dr. Bawumia.

“The next episode of the well-scripted ‘Ramatu’ series was the demonstration of it by the NDC Minority MPs in Parliament, who threw caution to the wind and openly chanted the name of Ramatu in the presence of the Vice President and his wife during the presentation of the State of the Nation address by the President.”

The source said that since a press statement by the Office of the Vice President last week debunked this concocted story, the NDC had started revising their notes.

More Attacks

Multiple sources have revealed that the mudslinging against Dr. Bawumia will intensify in the coming months and accordingly, dedicated teams of social media activists, party communicators and opposition media allies have been charged to focus on the Vice President with relentless attacks on his person and spread more lies about him.

“They have been told to go all out and destroy his image because he is a big threat to our party and John Mahama in 2024,” the source said, adding, and in this endeavor, the NDC will also have help from internal competitors of Dr. Bawumia within the NPP.

“They are even going to try to turn the Christian community against him. They are going to make him look like he is over ambitious by saturating every constituency with his posters and other paraphenalia. They are going to spread stories that if Dr. Bawumia wins the so called Akyem Mafia will control him. They will fabricate stories to tarnish his reputation.”

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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The 5 Major Events That Have Made Akufo-Addo’s Gov’t Unpopular In Its Second Term

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The second term of President Akufo-Addo has witnessed several protests from citizens who are not satisfied with how the affairs of the state are being handled.

Candidate Akufo-Addo had promised to among other things fight corruption, galamsey when given the nod but some say he is doing otherwise

The latest protest against the government that has gained momentum is the #FixTheCountry campaign, a move to get the government to deliver on its promise

After months of campaigning amid COVID-19, Ghanaian voters gave President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo a second term in office in December 2020 but nearly 130 days into the four-year tenure, the government has been plagued with what has been described as ‘abject hardships.’

Like the Israelites who cried to Moses that it would have been better to perish in Pharaoh’s Egypt than to die in the wilderness, it has gotten to a point where ‘the high cost of living’ has driven large sections of Ghanaians to regret their decision of maintaining the government in office.

It has been said by critical citizens that the New Patriotic Party, NPP government has been characterized by broken promises, gross conflicts of interest, economic hardships, non-accountability, among other un-democratic norms.

These events have somewhat triggered the measure and comparison of progress between the then John Dramani Mahama-led administration and the current Akufo-Addo government.

With that being said, GhanaWeb has compiled a list of the top incidents that have made Akufo-Addo government unpopular in its second term.

Dumsor

It seems consumers of electricity across the country who have been grappling with prolonged and intensified power outages over the past few months have become fed up.

Although the incessant ‘dumsor’ challenges have been attributed to transmission and distribution challenges, the government has been accused of deliberately destroying the legacy of former President John Dramani Mahama whom according to some Ghanaians left behind a stable energy sector.

It has gotten to a point where the Electricity Company of Ghana has published a load management timetable to manage what has been termed a ‘temporary load shedding’, an explanation many find unconvincing.

Culture of silence

After Sam Jonah’s speech which triggered a national debate on the culture of silence in the coutry, a wide section of Ghanaians including the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC and others have decried what they term as the return of a ‘culture of silence’ under President Nana Akufo-Addo.

They have described as astonishing how a large number of individuals and civil society organizations that used to speak up against social ills have all gone mute under President Nana Akufo-Addo despite the rising cases of corruption, killing and torturing of journalists, and worsening economic downturn in the Ghanaian society.

According to them, the attacks directed at people who share views that do not favour the sitting government have necessitated ‘the silence’ in recent times.

Auditor General’s retirement

President Akufo-Addo have been accused of forcibly retiring former Auditor-General, Daniel Domelovo, to cover up certain corrupt deals.

Domelovo was retired by President Akufo-Addo almost two years after an Auditor General’s findings in 2019 accused the government of paying a private firm, Kroll and Associates US$1 million for no work done.

Domelevo during his tenure indicted the Ministry of Finance and the Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo accusing them of contracting Kroll Associates in 2017 to recover assets from identified wrongdoers; investigate allegations of wrongdoing among others. They are said to have paid the company an amount of US$1 million (equivalent of GH¢4,890,000), yet there was no evidence of work done.

Following what has been termed by many as a ‘premature retirement’, some section of Ghanaians believe that government deliberately pursued Domelovo and ousted him from office after he exposed corrupt deeds in government.

FixtTheCountry protest

The #FixTheCountry campaign which started on social media commenced abruptly against economic hardships in Ghana.

With the main aim of holding politicians to account, angry young citizens who are of the view that the change they voted for has not materialized, took to social media to vent their spleen on the Akufo-Addo led government.

Protesters nationwide cited inconsistent power supply, lack of water in some parts of Ghana and the damage to our water bodies because of galamsey activities, economic hardship and other good governance and accountability demands as the drive of their campaign.

Galamsey

The small-scale illegal mining practice that has left the country’s land and water resources destroyed, has been of great concern to Ghanaians in recent times.

With many accusing government of doing little to resolve the situation, others believe that the future of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will heavily depend on their success with the current fight against galamsey.

It can be recalled that some ‘big men’ from the ruling New Patriotic were indicted in the ‘galamsey’ business which is allegedly destroying the natural environment all in the name of finding gold.

This was displayed in a viral video days after some 500 excavators seized by the Operation Vanguard team were reported missing.

It is in this light that Ghanaians have mounted pressure on government to find all means possible to combat ‘galamsey’ which has intensified in recent times.

Source: GhanaWeb

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We Will Not Allow Any Religious Group To Plunge Ghana Into Chaos – Muntaka Slams Christian Council

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The Minority Chief Whip and Leader of the Muslim Caucus in Parliament has cautioned that they will not watch on for any religious group to plunge the country into chaos.

Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak on JoyNews’ PM Express on Monday expressed his frustration that the Christian Council and the Catholic Bishops Conference had thrown their support behind the Methodist Church and Wesley Girls’ SHS decision not to allow Muslim students in the school to observe the Islamic ritual of fasting.

The Asawase MP said, the act has exacerbated the situation.

“We won’t allow any Imam or any pastor to lead this country into chaos. This is a country for you and me. We must speak out. We won’t allow any disintegration, whether coming from the Christian, Muslim or Buddhist communities.

“We are one unit within a unitary state. We all subscribe to live by the Constitution of Ghana so we must respect it. Let us try to dialogue and cool the temperature in our country,” he stated.

The Muslim Caucus in Parliament has been engaging in a series of dialogue with the Methodist Church and the Ministry of Education to resolve the matter.

Meanwhile, a Ghanaian US-based Attorney and an Old Student of Wesley Girls’ SHS, Samira Sulemana has revealed that not only is her former school barring Muslim students from fasting, she alleges that the school does not allow them to observe their five daily prayers-Fajr (sunrise prayer), Dhuhr (noon prayer), Asr (afternoon prayer), Maghrib (sunset prayer), and Isha (night prayer).

“The issue these girls are facing goes beyond just the fasting. I am surprised that all that is being talked about is the fasting. They [Muslims] are not allowed to pray, they are not being allowed to even talk to each other as Muslims.

“And so the concentration on only fasting kind of baffles me. Wesley Girls’ has never given due recognition to Muslim students,” she stated.

But in a spirited defense, immediate past National Vice President of the Old Girls Association of the School, Harriet Wereko-Brobby says her Association is troubled that the School’s name is being dirtied over its decision.

She maintained that the decision of the School not to allow fasting is not a religious decision but one borne out of previous experiences regarding students suffering health conditions after doing so.

Source: MyJoyOnline

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Put Aside Partisan Politics And Demolish All Illegal Structures Along Railway Projects – Otumfuor Charges KMA

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The Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II has charged the mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to move ahead with the assembly’s planned demolition of all unauthorized structures along railway projects.

The Asantehene added that no compensation will be paid to any individual whose unauthorized structure will be demolished.

Otumfuor Osei Tutu II, though giving his full support for the construction of the standard gauge railway line, also chastized the railway workers for failing to protect the project from squatters and unauthorized traders.

The Asantehene warned the KMA against partisan political considerations and called on the sector minister, Mr. John Peter Amewu to partner the Assembly and ensure the successful implementation of the demolition exercise.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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