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BREAKING: Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to resign? -Details

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) first issued a caveat to all of its members who are nursing presidential aspirations to desist from canvassing for votes until official lifting of internal partisan campaigning for any position, including that of the party’s presidential nomination.

When it became obvious many aspirants were flouting the initial order, the party at an extra-ordinary National Executive meeting on Thursday, December 9th, 2021, reiterated its position on the matter and even threatened to sanction any such aspirants who will continue to break the directive.

The latest warning comes just at the heels of the NPP’s National Delegates Congress in Kumasi this weekend; and that is suggestive that the party would not spare any potential aspirant, whose supporters would be campaigning at the delegates congress grounds. The President of the Republic, Akufo Addo, also seemed to have strengthened the resolve of the party’s executives.

According to the President, he would not hesitate sacking any minister who openly canvasses for votes at the impending congress and for that matter, any other areas or places of the country. He urged ministers and other appointees in his administration who wish to engage in partisan politics, to do the needful by resigning.

The Kumasi congress is to set out modalities that will define the conducts of the party’s presidential and other executive positions and also consider, those who qualify as delegates in any of the NPP primaries, starting from 2022, through to 2023. But the nagging question has been, what will happen to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, if his supporters still continue to do his presidential bidding in the open?

Will he be asked to resign or be sacked from the administration by the President? Within the period-January, 2021 to date, Dr. Bawumia’s presidential bidding has hit the spot-light, for both good and bad reasons. His supporters were the first to give clear indication Dr. Bawumia will contest the NPP presidential nomination.

That was at a time the party was even yet to recover from the near-shock and hang-over from the 2020 elections. The NPP was no where near even discussing the prospect of a presidential candidate, let alone to consider a filing date for nomination; yet the Bawumia zealots made that false start.

That was a bold statement that Dr. Bawumia will thickly be involved in the NPP’s flagbearer-ship contest. So in a scenario where other presidential hopefuls like Alan Kyerematen, and Dr. Afriyie Akoto are resigning to concentrate on their presidential aspirations, will as stated, the Vice President also resign?

The position of the Vice President is protected by the constitution; and until proven incapable through sickness or gross misconduct, none can remove a sitting Vice President from office. So will the Vice President then decide on his own volition to resign and concentrate on his presidential ambitions? Or will he still hang-on till the party lifts the ban on internal partisan politics?

Until then, will he be watching on while his competitors, some of who may have resigned from their positions in government crisscross the country campaigning? There is the temptation that the Vice President may also join in the fray to campaign even if the NPP has not lifted the ban.

Will the party and for that matter the President have the muscle to reprimand or ask the Vice President to resign and concentrate on his presidential bidding? Will any such action, which is an extreme case scenario, be permitted under the country’s constitution which supersede any other unit constitution of the land?

What will be the reaction of the others who may have resigned their government positions seeing the Vice President campaigning without resigning his position? Perhaps, that will be a little immunity that the Vice President may enjoy by virtue of his position in the national order of governance.

Former Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama enjoyed same leverage when he vied for the NPP presidential nomination in 2008. He was the sitting Vice President for John Agyekum Kufuor at the time. This is the harsh conundrum that confronts Dr. Bawumia and his presidential dream.

The Vice President’s pubic campaign posters started dominating the skylines before that of Alan Kyerematen, Dr. Afriyie Akoto, Joe Ghartey and Boakye Agyarko started circling. Among the lots, it’s only Joe Ghartey, who as early as January this year, declared an intent of contesting for the NPP presidential ticket. The President thus excluded him from any possible ministerial appointment.

Party stakeholders and their preferred choices

It may not have manifested in the open; but party insiders have hinted this author of the preferred choices of party kingpins, including the President of the Republic. The President is said to be the strongest backer of the presidential bid of the Vice President.

On his tour of the North East Region, which co-incidentally is the home region of the Vice President, early this year, the President revealed subtly his support for his Vice President. The President was accompanied on that trip by Dr. Bawumia. Of course, from now on to the date of the NPP presidential primary, any combined move by the two is likely to be interpreted by supporters of other presidential aspirants with political lenses.

It was on the North East tour, precisely at Wawale, the hometown of Dr. Bawumia that President Akufo Addo applauded Dr. Bawumia as a “First Class Assistant”; in the current 4th Republic. That’s by any stretch, Dr. Bawumia in the opinion of the President, towers above all other 4th Republican Vice Presidents.

Our Vice Presidents since the inception of the 4th Republic include, Nenyi Kow Nkensen Arkaah, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, John Dramani Mahama and Papa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur. Such suspicion, (President’s support for Bawumia) hitherto assumed a loud silence within the NPP, until the President in a rather bizarre twist, posited the strengths of his Trade Minister at the Manhyia Palace of all places and Elmina, the maternal hometown of Mr.AlanKyerematen.

Isn’t that significant and a possible shift in the support base of the President? Those flowery words on the performance of Mr. Kyerematen by the President set tongues wagging in the NPP as to who really the President supports in the NPP presidential race.

Alan Kyerematen, is a long time protégé of former President John Agyekum Kufuor and draws his support from many former public officials in the Kufuor Administration. It won’t be too surprising his presidential bidding is being assented to by the former President.

Source : myvoicenews.com

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President Akuffo Addo begins 4-day tour of Ashanti

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Monday October 17, 2022 visit the Kumasi based OTEC 102.9 FM for a an exclusive interview on their breakfast show “Nyansapo “

The regular host of the show who happens to be one of the popular broadcasters in the region, Andrews Korankye Akuoko, affectionary known as Captain Koda will moderate the show.

The visit forms part of a four-day tour of the Ashanti Region which begun on Sunday October 16, 2022.

President Akufo-Addo commenced his tour with a church service at the Saint Cyprians Anglican Church at Fante New in the Kumasi Metropolis.

President Akuffo Addo will later call on the Asante Otumfour Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace after which he will proceed to inspect the ongoing works at Boankra Inland Port Project.

The president will also Commission the long waited Konongo Municipal Hospital in the Asante Akyem Central Municipality.

The president will among other things get comprehensive briefings of security situation in the region from the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and Meeting with Security Officers at Headquarters of Central Command IDRIS Barracks.

One of the major highlights of the tour is the sod cutting event of the four tier Suame Interchange, and per the schedule, President will cut the sod on Tuesday October 18, 2022 which happens to be the third day of his tour.

Source: Myvoicenews.com

 

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National | Politics: Early NPP Flagbearer elections will ensure enough time to prepare for 2024 polls – Subin MP

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There are fresh calls within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for an early congress to elect the flagbearer of the party ahead of the 2024 election.

The party is yet to announce modalities for the election of the person to lead the NPP into the next election.

Several names of bigwigs in the party like Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremanten and others have come up as persons who may contest the flagbearership position.

But speaking to JoyNews, MP for the Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi noted that electing the flagbearer early affords the party and the individual enough time to prepare for what will be a crucial election in 2024.

“Going by experience, my view is that let us hold the super delegates as early as say next spring, March thereabouts, give them four or five months to campaign around the country. By August when Parliament is on recess like this, we vote for both Parliamentary and Presidential, get it off the way.

“The most important thing is that we must look at the party. Akufo-Addo will not be a candidate in 2024 so whoever the candidate will be at that time is the one we should be aiming at selecting, partnering the President in terms of all these Regional tours the President is doing,” he said.

The Legislator recounted how late the party elected its Flagbearer prior to the 2008 elections which he said affected the outcome of the election results.

For this reason, Eugene Boakye Antwi believes the party must not delay in electing its flagbearer for the 2024 elections.

“I am saying that because of what happened to Akufo-Addo in 2008… Nana Akufo-Addo had only about six months to campaign at that time Mills and Mahama had split up the country into two and going various ways, it did affect us,” he recalled.

According to him, the early election of the Flagbearer has the tenacity to affect the outcome of the elections since it affords the party enough time to campaign.

“You give the flagbearer six months before the end of the year so any housekeeping duties will be dealt with at the time…just before Christmas, they hit the ground running they have one year to campaign and you will see the results,” he noted.

Source: Myjoyonline

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Politics: NDC starts constituency elections next week, National Congress slated for December 17

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The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has approved guidelines for the Party’s constituency, regional, and national elections for the next three months.

About  7,900 executives are expected to be elected in a total of 876 elections at the constituency, regional, and national elections.

The Party’s Branch elections, held in about 29,000 branches of the Party across the country, is expected to be completed next week to pave way for the next round of elections.

Per the guidelines, the Party will hold its Constituency elections between 22nd and 23rd October, 2022, while the regional elections would be held between 12th and 13th November, 2022.

The National Congress will be held on December 17, 2022.

Addressing a news conference in Accra on Thursday, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary, NDC, said all aspirants must be members in good standing and must have joined the Party for at least 4 years.

He said a 5-member elections committee would be constituted to supervise the elections at all levels.

Mr Nketia said nomination forms for all the elections would be made available online and that payment for picking and filing of nomination forms would be done electronically.

The NDC will open nominations for its Constituency elections between 20th and 22nd September, 2022, and filing of nominations is slated for 28th to 29th September, 2022.

The nominees would be vetted between 30th September and 2nd October, 2022, and the hearing of appeals would be done on October 5, 2022.

Mr Asiedu Nketia said the opening of nominations at the regional elections would be done between  October 6 and  October 7, 2022, and the filing of nominations between October 14 and October 15, 2022.
He said the main regional elections would be heralded by the Regional Youth Organiser and Women’s Organiser conferences slated for November 11, 2022.

Regarding the National Congress, the NDC will open nominations between 20th and 21st October, 2022, and filing of nominations would be received from 5th November, to  6th November, 2022.

“We will hold the National Youth Organiser and Women conferences on Saturday, December 10, 2022, and the main national Congress will be held on December 17, 2022,” Mr Nketia said.

Filling fees

The NDC said persons living with any form of disability would be offered 50 per cent discount on the filing fees at all levels.

Mr Nketia said aspirants for the Constituency Chairmanship position would pay a filing fee of GHS600 while those vying for the Constituency Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser,  Treasurer, and Communications Officer positions will pay GHS400.

Aspirants for the Regional Chairmanship positions would pay a filing fee of GHS 4,000, and those vying for the Regional, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser,  Treasurer, and Communications Officer positions will pay GHS3,000.

“The Youth, Women, and Zongo Caucus Coordinators will pay GHS2,000 and all other deputies will pay GHS1,500,” Mr Nketia said.

The Party said it was yet to finalise the guidelines for the national elections.

As part of measures to address challenges associated with the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN), Mr Nketia said the Party had resolved that any TEIN Branch must have been credited for at least since 2020 to be eligible to participate in the elections.

Source: GNA

 

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